Magazine article Screen International

Latvia Adds $8.5M Film Funding

Magazine article Screen International

Latvia Adds $8.5M Film Funding

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Locals are crediting the country's stint last year as host of the European Film Awards as having raised awareness of the film industry with the country's key decision makers and politicians - one reason why budgets have now been ramped up.

"Our EFA events also helped establish the Latvian industry as being perceived as part of European film culture," said Dita Rietuma, the head of the National Film Centre of Latvia.

"As a result, it made Latvia's politicians more aware of the needs of our film industry."

This year's cash rebate budget of the National Film Centre for euro996,000 will be raised to euro1.2m next year.

Riga Film Fund's budget for cash rebates this year is euro1.14m.

An additional boost to the local industry is coming through Latvia100, an initiative by the National Film Centre of Latvia and the Latvian Producers' Association, with a budget of euro7.5m.

The initiative will celebrate the country's 100 years of independence in 2018 with 12 new feature-length films, highlighting the country's traditional strength in documentaries and animation: five features, six documentaries and one animation. …

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