Rija Films at the European Film Market 2014

Rija Films representatives will take part in the European Film Market 2014 to present new fiction and animation films. We are looking forward to meet You at our stand G13  in Martin-Gropius-Bau.

These are our HIGHLIGHTS of this year’s EFM:


The Golden Horse (in post-production), animation film, 75′, director Reinis Kalnaellis

The classic 2D animation film (with 3D elements) is based on a play by Latvian poet and playwright Rainis, who was inspired by several Baltic fairytales when writing his work.

Despite the ridicule of his cruel older brothers, Antis, the youngest son in his family embarks on a mission to save a beautiful Princess from the glass mountain where she has been imprisoned by the Black Mother, an evil witch who feeds on the sadness of others.  On his journey, Antis meets the helpful White Father, the sworn enemy of Black Mother.  However, Antis soon realises there are many more obstacles standing in his way.  Will Antis’ be able to save the Princess’s through persistence and bravery and conquer the Black Mother?

Production companies: Rija Films (LV), Paul Thiltges Distributions (LU), Vilanimos Filmu studija (LT), Copenhagen Bombay (DK)

TRAILER – coming soon

OKI – in the middle of the ocean mystical drama, 85′, director Maris Martinsons

Featuring Kaori Momoi, winner of the Netpac Award for the film “Ichijiku no kao” in Berlinale 2007

Rob, a former real estate broker, unemployed, starts following a strange Japanese woman, Oki, who constantly moves from house to house. He drags his roommate Wylie into the investigation during which they have to face the dark past and curse of Oki, while dealing with the history of their own.

Production companies: Krukfilms (LV), VFS films (LV), Backyard Productions (USA)
World sales: Rija Films


Capitalism at Crossroad street, documentary, 102′, 2013, director Ivars Seleckis

This film is a sensitive, mildly ironic portrait of Crossroad street in the Latvian capital of Riga. It follows the joys and woes of a suburban street’s small community in the time of global economic recession. Among the peculiar inhabitants are gravestone merchant and preacher Aldis, determined single mother Daiga, her wealthy brother Uldis, some street kids and an older couple in love. Capitalism at Crossroad Street is a moving and entertaining portrait of common people in trying times.

Capitalism at Crossroad street is the the third part of a triology, which started with The Crossroad Street in 1988,  when Latvia and the whole world was experiencing great political changes. In these uncertain times the Latvian documentary master Ivars Seleckis started to follow with his camera eye the life of the inhabitants of a tiny subarban street in Riga. The film gained recognition both at national and international levels, receiveing IDFA main prize (1989) and the Felix award for best European documentary (1990). In 1999 the director returned to see how life on Crossroad Street had changed after Latvia regained independance and made the second part of the triology – New times at Crossroad Street (1999).








RIJA FILMS took part in the global TV market MIPCOM 2013, presenting the cooking show “Cult Food” (16 episodes x 52′), animation film programs for kids and grown-ups and a selection of documentaries. We are glad about the interest the cooking show and our animation has evoked and are looking forward to new cooperations.

“Cult Food” is a culinary TV show focusing on the gastronomic heritage of the world. Latvian chef, Martins Sirmais, is discovering the cultures of the world by traveling the globe and savoring the marvels of international cuisine. Every episode features one cult dish that characterizes the country of its origin. Having premiered on Latvian Television in the spring of 2013, the show has proven to be a huge success story, gaining the highest TV ratings of all broadcasters in Latvia for its given time slot.

Full episode of the show (Mexico. Tacos) and fragments are available on vimeo.

The countries presented in the 1-st season of the show:
Italy. Pizza
Belgium. French Fries
Mexico. Tacos
France. Croissant
USA. Hamburger
Spain. Gazpacho

2. season (on air – October/November 2013)
Georgia. Mcvadi
Norway. Salmon
Gambia. Peanuts
Latvia. Rye-bread
Greece. Greek salad
Turkey. Kebab

3. season (on air – Spring 2014)
Argentina. Steak
Chile. Empanada
Lithuania. Cepelin
Germany. Sosage

IN THE FOG takes the FIPRESCI prize in Cannes

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) has handed out its prizes at the end of the 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In the competition, the FIPRESCI Prize went to IN THE FOG, a co-production of Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia and Belorussia.

Premiere of RIJA FILMS co-production movie “In the Fog” in Cannes

On May 25th the new film of Sergei Loznitsa IN THE FOG will have it’s premiere in the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is based on a story about partisan fights at the tame of World War II, written by the Belorussian writer Vasil Bykov. It is dealing with treachery and the difficulties to make a moral decision in an amoral situation.

“There are hopeless situations, which do not have a way out, simply because there is a breakdown of understanding; the stream of events defies any reasoning and there is no possibility for a dialogue. We are dealing with such a situation,” Sergei Loznitsa.

IN THE FOG is a an co-production of the companies ma.ja.de Fiction, Rija Films, Lemming Film, GP Cinema Company, Belarusfilm and ZDF/ARTE.

The story:
Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer decides not to hang him with the others but to set him free. Rumours of Sushenya’s treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge. As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy. Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.

World Sales: The Match Factory

IN THE FOG web page

20 years after Soviet Union collapse

In December of 1991, as the world watched in amazement, the Soviet Union disintegrated into fifteen separate countries. Its collapse was hailed by the west as a victory for freedom, a triumph of democracy over totalitarianism, and evidence of the superiority of capitalism over socialism. Juris Podnieks was one of the most important directors to come out of Latvia and the former Soviet Union during the time of glasnost. Through his intense interviews, Podnieks was able to showcase critiques of the Soviet system and attitudes that were indicative of the rebellion that was to happen only a few years later in the Baltic States and elsewhere in the Soviet Union.

FIPRESCI Prize and IDA Awarded movie „Is it easy to be young?” (1986) discovers Soviet reality as “upside down” from perspective of young fellows. What have they done „Is it easy to be…after 10” (1998) and „Is it easy?” after 20 years (2010).

More films about life in Soviet Union, deportations, culture, integration, freedom, man’s fate and nations, who ask to accept their rights.


Meness street 4, Riga, LV-1013, Latvia
info@rijafilms.lv, www.rijafilms.lv, Tel:+371 67 362 656

“Lotte and Moonstone Secret” premiere approaching

Premiere of “Lotte and Moonstone Secret” approaching

All fans of the joyful dog girl Lotte can get ready for the big event – the premiere of the new film about Lottes adventures – “Lotte and Moonstone secret” is to come at the end of August! This week the voice recordings with Latvian actors were finished, and we plan to present the film to the audience on August 26th – on the same day in Riga and in Tallin, as the film is a co-production of studio “Rija Films” in Latvia and the Estonian company “Eesti Joonisfilm”. In the end of August/in September the film will be screened in the biggest cities of Latvia, in towns and in centres of rural municipalities.

“Lotte and Moonstone Secret” is the second full length animation film about Lotte and her friends, that will be as exciting, colour- and joyful as the first film “Lotte from Gadgetville”, that had its premiere in 2007.

This time the story is about the mysterious Moonstone. There are many heroes in the film who search for the moonstone secret and everyone of them has his own ideas what to do with it. In their adventurous journey Lotte and Klaus meet many interesting characters, and each of these encounters teach Lotte something new about life.

Latvijas kino profesionāļi piedalās filmu tirgū MIP TV Kannās

Latvijas kino profesionāļi piedalās filmu tirgū MIP TV Kannās

Šonedēļ Kannās 4.aprīlī sākās ikgadējais filmu tirgus MIPTV, kas ilgs četras dienas. Tirgū ar stendu zem MEDIA programmas kopīgā stenda piedalās arī filmu studijas RIJA pārstāvji, kuri kino industrijas profesionāļiem no dažādām pasaules valstīm piedāvā Latvijas filmas un to programmas.

Paralēli MIPTV notiek arī filmu tirgus MIPDOC, kur galvenais uzsvars tiek likts uz dokumentālām filmām. Vairākas ārzemju lielās TV kompānijas no Kanādas, Krievijas, Ukrainas ir izrādījušas interesi par latviešu režisora Romualda Pipara dokumentālo, zinātniski populāro filmu “Džosera piramīdas noslēpumi” filmu, kā arī par režisores Antras Cilinskas filmu „Vai viegli būt?…pēc 20gadiem”.

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Studija RIJA dodas uz Honkongas filmu tirgu

Studija RIJA dodas uz Honkongas filmu tirgu

Šodien Honkongā sākas viens no Āzijas nozīmīgākajiem filmu tirgiem – FILMART. Tajā jau otro reizi piedalās un Latviju pārstāv filmu studija RIJA.

Četru dienu laikā FILMART ietvaros RIJA savā stendā prezentēs un piedāvās Latvijā un arī ārzemēs jaunākās un agrāk tapušās animācijas un dokumentālās filmas potenciālajiem pircējiem, jo īpaši Āzijas filmu izplatīšanas tīkliem. Studija RIJA prezentēs arī savu jaunāko animācijas filmu “Lote un Mēness akmens noslēpums”, kuras pirmizrāde Latvijā ir gaidāma rudenī. Stendā tiks iepazīstināts arī ar filmu ražošanas iespējām Latvijā.

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Studija RIJA piedalās Berlīnes Filmu tirgū

Studija RIJA piedalās Berlīnes Filmu tirgū

Šodien sākas Starptautiskais Berlīnes kinofestivāls un arī filmu tirgus EFM (European Film Market), kurā piedalās un darbu uzsāk filmu studija RIJA. Šis ir Eiropas nozīmīgākais filmu tirgus, kur katru gadu tiekas vairāki tūkstoši radošās industrijas pārstāvji no dažādām pasaules valstīm un tas norisināsies līdz 18.februārim.

Studija RIJA šajā tirgū piedalās ar savu stendu un dalība EFM ir nozīmīga, lai iepazīstinātu un pārdotu ārvalstu TV kanāliem un filmu izplatītājiem ne tikai studijā RIJA, bet arī studijās “Lokomotīve”, “Jura Podnieka studija”, “Vides Filmu studija” un citās studijās tapušās spēlfilmas, animācijas un dokumentālās filmas. Potenciālajiem filmu pircējiem tiks piedāvātas gan jaunākās Latvijā veidotās filmas – jau atzinīgi novērtētā dokumentālā filma “Kā Tev klājas, Rūdolf Ming”, dokumentālā filma “Džosera piramīgas noslēpumi”, spēlfilma “Rūdolfa mantojums”, gan arī daudzas citas nesen un agrāk tapušās filmas. Šī gada piedāvājums ir daudz plašāks nekā iepriekšējā gadā, jo ir noslēgti jauni sadarbības līgumi ar studijām par to izplatīšanu.

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Filmu studija RIJA Amerikas lielākajā filmu tirgū

Pagājušās nedēļas nogalē Santamonikā Kalifornijas štatā tika atklāts Amerikas filmu tirgus, kur Latvijas kino pārstāvēt bija devušies filmu studijas RIJA pārstāvji.

Amerikas filmu tirgus (AFM) kopš 1981. gada tiek rīkots katru gadu un pulcē vairāk kā astoņus tūkstošus kino industrijas profesionāļu. Pārstāvji no vairāk kā 70 valstīm ierodas uz šo Amerikas lielāko filmu tirgu, lai astoņu dienu laikā iegūtu jaunus kontaktus, risinātu sarunas par filmu uzņemšanu, slēgtu līgumus, rīkotu un apmeklētu seminārus un konferences par kino jomu. Tirgus laikā ik gadu izrāda ap 400 jaunu filmu no visas pasaules.

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