Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) is pleased to invite you to the
Magnetic Latvia Film Conference taking place on 18–19 October 2019, in Riga.
During the first day of the Conference, dedicated to film market development in Northern Europe, speakers will address the challenges and factors, which relatively small countries should consider for international marketing, entering major global markets and highlighting the value of local production on the global arena.
On the second day of the Conference, we invite our guests to make a fabulous experience and enduring memories on locations tour – Latvia’s geographic position has made it a bone of contention for various empires, but we are proudly keeping alive our cultural diversity, polishing our historical values and adoring our various landscapes.
For several years, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia has been actively supporting Latvia’s presence on the international markets and participation of Latvian filmmakers at the markets and festivals. As the main national export body, LIAA has a great position facilitating the professional presence of Latvian filmmakers in the film B2B business.
To introduce the world with Latvia’s innovations and the best of technology, literature, art, science, etc., the brand Magnetic Latvia has been created.
Magnetic Latvia initiative to organize a Film Conference during the Riga International Film Festival 2019 is another step in positioning Latvia as a B2B location on the international market. Furthermore, LIAA opens an opportunity to prepare Latvian and regional filmmakers for the markets, therewith ensuring the efficiency of their market attendance and raising their business success.
The Film Conference will take place in Riga – the Capital of Magnetic Latvia, the largest Baltic city, empire of Art Nouveau buildings, charming wooden residencies and dreamy Medieval Old Town at its heart.
We are expecting the attendance of a number of renowned figures of world cinema as well as young, talented and passionate filmmakers. We look forward to welcoming you in Riga!
Please note: Attendance is free of charge.
Accommodation for foreign participants (up to 3 nights) is covered by organizers.
The conference program in pdf format you can find here.
The conference is taking place on 18 October 2019 on AB Dam.
DAY 1 | Friday, October 18th
09.00-09.45 Registration, coffee, networking
09.45-10.00 Opening speech
Opening speech by
Andris Ozols, Director of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
Dita Rietuma, Director of Latvian NATIONAL FILM CENTRE
10.00-10.30 Future of the industry
Ada Solomon has worked in the film business for the last 20 years.
The films produced by Ada were presented & awarded in the most prestigious festivals as Berlinale, Cannes, Locarno, Venice.
10.30-11.00 Potential of Baltic film industry
Jonathan Olsberg, Chairman of O-SPI, UK
Jānis Kalējs, Film Angels Productions, Producer, Latvia
11.00-11:30 Coffee break, networking
11.30-12.30 Local production value in the global landscape, Baltic focus
Moderator: Jonathan Olsberg, Chairman of O-SPI , UK
Paul Aguraiuja, CEO, Itamambuca Filmproduction, Producer
of TV series “The Bank”, Estonia
Sergei Serpuhov, BALTIC PINE FILMS, Producer, Latvia
Ieva Norviliene, TREMORA, Producer, Lithuania
Gary Tuck, Baltic Film Services, Producer, Lithuania
12.30-13.30 Lunch, networking
13:30-14:30 How to get small country products into the big markets
Moderator: Ada Solomon, Romania
Agnieszka Holland Polish film and television director and screenwriter, Poland
Julie Baines, Producer, DAN FILMS LTD, UK
Katriel Schory, Producer, Executive-Director of The Israel Film Fund, Israel
Shelley Page, International Animation Talent Consultant for leading animation studios including Netflix Animation (USA), DreamWorks Animation (USA), Ardman Animations (UK), HB Wink (China), 88 Pictures (India) and Wizart (Russia),UK
14.30-14.45 Coffee break, networking
14.45-15.45 Selling your product in different channels
Moderator: Martins Grauds, Film Director (film studio TANKA), Photo Artist.
Andreas Wildfang, EUROVOD Vice-President, EYZ Media GmbH Executive Director, Germany
G.Thomas Esmay, Director of Corporate Strategy, Breaker, USA
Michael Werner, CEO and Managing Director of Eyewell – an international sales company for motion picture content, Sweden
Janis Murans, Shortcut product manager, the OTT service, Latvia
15.45-16.00 Coffee break, networking
16.00-17.00 Presentations of local production companies
5 minutes for one studio
17.00 Dinner and networking
DAY 2 | Saturday, October 19th
09.00-21.00 Familiarization Tour
Please don’t be late on PICK UP times!
As we will spend most of day outside and in case of rainy windy weather please keep warm clothes, raincoats and umbrellas with you!
8:00 Pick up at Tallink Hotel, Elizabetes Str24 Riga
8:10 Meeting at Latvian Riflement Monument, Strelnieku Square 1 Riga
8:20 Pick up from Neiburgs Hotel at Strelnieku Square 1
8:40- 9:15 Sightseeing of the oldest airport in Riga Spilve with a unique architectural heritage from Stalin times
11:00 – 12:40 Sighsteeing of Rundale Palace ensemble – the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo architecture and art in Latvia
14:00 – 15:30 Visiting Cinevilla Studio Backlot. Filmtown Cinevilla Studio is the only open air cinema in the Baltic States and the largest in Northern Europe.
17:20- 19:50 Visiting sea side and Jurmala Open Air Museum ancient fishermen villages on the shore of the Gulf of Riga. Open air picnic in museum forest
20:35 Arriving in Riga