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The Riga International Film Festival (Riga IFF), which will take place from 13 to 23 October, is opening submissions to its six competition sections. Filmmakers can submit their feature-length, short, and children’s films and music videos free of charge until 22 April.

Stories Editorial March 29, 2022

The Riga IFF International Feature Film Competition brings together directors from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries to compete for the main award, the Golden Rooster, and a cash prize of 4000 euros. The films in competition are judged on their artistic merit, originality, and topicality by a jury of international film professionals.


The festival has a special focus on short films, the film format that is most responsive to artistic innovations and social change. This year, Riga IFF welcomes entries in a variety of genres and themes to submit to the National and International Short Film Competitions. The selected films will not only compete for the Silver Grass Snake Award and cash prizes of 1000 and 2000 euros, but also for the European Film Academy’s (EFA) European Short Film 2023 Award.

Filmmakers can submit both feature-length and short children’s films to the Kids’ Reel section. These films will be judged by members of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) and the winners will be added to a shortlist of films nominated for the ECFA award. The filmmakers will also compete for a prize awarded by the festival’s children’s jury — the winning film’s screening rights will be purchased by Latvian Television.


The Baltic Music Video Competition is returning to the festival’s line-up after a year’s break. This competition is unique to the region and the screening is a special event that brings together a professional jury, enthusiasts and fans of the genre and music video creators. The selected works also compete for the Silver Grass Snake Award, which this year comes with a cash prize of 1000 euros.


More information on submission regulations and deadlines — on the Riga IFF homepage.


Riga IFF is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, the National Film Centre of Latvia, and the Media sub-programme of Creative Europe.