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.

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.
    She co-produced with France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Croatia, Bulgaria & Hungary. Her films are released in over 40 territories, around the world.

  • 10.30-11.00 Potential of Baltic film industry

    Jonathan Olsberg, Chairman of O-SPI
    Jonathan has built an international reputation as a strategic adviser at the highest levels of media, business and government. He brings to each assignment decades of expertise as consultant, finance professional, creative industry executive and film producer.

    Jānis Kalējs, Film Angels Productions, Producer, Latvia
    Producer Jānis Kalējs has worked for over 25 years in film industry in Latvia and Canada and is one of the founders of Film Angels Productions. He has produced, co-produced and provided service for numerous international film projects in 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 Aguaiuja, CEO, Itamambuca Filmproduction, Producer of TV series “The Bank”, Estonia
    Paul is a creative entrepreneur with years of experience in combining strategy with creativity and leading large complex creative teams towards the goal. He produces internationally acclaimed tv-series.

    Sergei Serpuhov, BALTIC PINE FILMS, Producer, Latvia
    BALTIC PINE FILMS specializes in servicing high-end foreign productions. Credits include such titles as League of Justice (US), Blinded (SE), L’Immortale (IT). Sergei is a member of Latvian Producers Association and EAVE network.

    Ieva Norviliene, TREMORA, Producer, Lithuania
    Ieva is managing director of Lithuanian Filmmakers Union and member of European Film Academy and Alliance of Cinema Auteurs

  • 12.30-13.30 Lunch, networking
  • 13:30-14:30 How to get small country products into the big markets

    Agnieszka Holland Polish film and television director and screenwriter.
    Agnieszka began her career as assistant to directors Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. Holland is best known for her films Europa Europa (1991) and her 2011 drama In Darkness, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards. In 2017 she received Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear) for her film Spoor at the Berlin International Film Festival.

    Julie Baines, Producer, DAN FILMS LTD
    Julie is the founder of Dan Films and is a very experienced Producer of international feature films and multi-party co-productions across all genres. She has produced with veteran directors (she is currently working with Volker Schloendorff) but also enjoys supporting new talent.

    Katriel Schory, Producer, Executive-Director of The Israel Film Fund
    Katriel produced over 130 films including Feature Films, Documentaries and Int’l Co-Productions. 1999 -2019 Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund, authorized the production of more than 300 new Israeli Feature films.

    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)

  • 14.30-14.45 Coffee break, networking
  • 14.45-15.45 Selling your product in different channels

    Andreas Wildfang, EUROVOD Vice-President, EYZ Media GmbH Executive Director, Berlin, Germany
    EYZ develops products and services in the field of digital media and operates video on demand platforms. EYZ offers B2B VOD solutions from app-development to content localization and algorithms.

    Thomas Esmay, Director of Corporate Strategy, Breaker
    Breaker is a blockchain EnTech company building tools for creators. Esmay has worked on a variety of documentaries, live broadcasts, and short films, including the Susan Sarandon produced BOMBSHELL:THE HEDY LAMARR STORY.

    Michael Werner, CEO and Managing Director of Eyewell – an international sales company for motion picture content.

  • 15.45-16.00 Coffee break, networking
  • 16.00-17.00 Presentations of local production companies

    3 minutes for one studio

  • 19.00-21.00 Dinner

DAY 2 | Saturday, October 19th

  • 09.00-21.00 Familiarization Tour

    We invite our guests to make a fabulous experience and enduring memories on location 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.