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

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