Young and rapidly developing, the 4th Riga International Film festival (Riga IFF) will kick off on 7 September in the Latvian capital. As a one-of-a-kind event in Latvia, Riga IFF displays films throughout 9 programmes and serves as a meeting point for industry professionals.

One of the festival’s central events is the children’s film programme KIDS WEEKEND. Traditionally taking place during the first festival weekend, the programme displays European films for audiences from pre-school to high school age. As animation holds a special place in the hearts of the local audiences, KIDS WEEKEND presents a selection of short films, this year guest-curated by the creative minds behind the renowned Atom Art animation studio, director Edmunds Jansons and producer Sabine Andersone.

Riga IFF FORUM, in its turn, is a meeting point for children’s film industry professionals. It is the first and only Baltic industry event, dedicated exclusively to pitching upcoming children’s film projects from the Baltic Sea region to an international group of sales agents, distributors and co-producers. For the second consecutive year, Riga IFF FORUM — a compact 2 day event on 7-8 September – will help to keep fingers on the pulse of what’s new in the region’s cinema for children, as well as engage into mutually inspiring conversations with the creative minds of the Baltic tech industry, exploring what digital platforms and new mediums such as VR and augmented reality can do to promote European film and engage its audiences. Submissions for projects are still open until 10 July. Distributors, sales agents, co-producers and TV representatives are welcome to apply until 3 July.

Riga IFF will be revealing more details regarding KIDS WEEKEND and RIGA IFF FORUM on the website (www.rigaiff.lv) as the festival dates approach. You can also follow the festival’s news feeds on Facebook and Instagram — @RigaIFF.