Telling Stories Is Like Breathing: A Conversation with Signe Baumane. Olga Bobrowska talks to Signe Baumane for Zippy Frames on the occasion of MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE – animation feature coming out at the festival circuit.



See you in Festival international du film d'animation d'Annecy! Together with our Estonian and Lithuanian colleagues you can find us at the Baltic Stand – Nr. C.12! And don't forget about the two Latvian films which have been selected for Annecy Festival: My Love Affair with Marriage by Signe Baumane and Čuči čuči by Māra Liniņa. You can learn more about these films at the Latvian Animation Catalogue!



Cineuropa writes about this year’s Cartoon Movie and two presented Latvian feature-length projects - BORN HAPPY by Edmunds Jansons and FLOW by Gints Zibalodis. Read HERE.



Two Latvian projects have been nominated for the Eurimages CO-PRO­DUC­TION DEVEL­OP­MENT AWARD to run for a cash-prize of €20,000.
Pro­duced by Atom Art (Latvia, prod. Sabīne Andersone) — Co-pro­duced by Letko (Poland) & Pikkukala (Fin­land)
Pro­duced by Dream Well (Latvia, prod. Gints Zilbalodis and Matīss Kaža) — Co-pro­duced by Sacrebleu Productions (France) & CINÉ-LIT­TÉ Pro­duc­tions (Ger­many).
Projects are participating in the Cartoon Movie Pitching Forum, which begins on 8th March, 2022.



Atom Art has announced a new feature coming out in 2025 – HELLO, OSCAR by Edmunds Jansons and they have published a trailer.



Several of the association's members are nominated for the Latvian National Film Awards Kristaps the Great:


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Riga International Film festival has announced the open call of SHORT RIGA Test Screenings. If you have a short film project in the post production stage in the works, don't hesitate to apply! Various techniques and genres are accepted. Deadline 15th August. More information HERE.

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Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation has supported the development of Kārlis Vītols' first feature film THE NORTHERN STAR which is set to premiere in 2025. As well as a project to develop sound design for 6 new student animation films which will be ready autumn 2021.



Gints Zilbalodis has teamed up with a producer Matīss Kaža (Latvia) and co-producer Ron Dyens (France), for his new feature FLOW. A story of a stubbornly independent Cat who is forced to share a small boat with a group of other animals. This project is part of the MIFA Pitches 2021 line-up.



Congratulations! My Love Affair with Marriage by Signe Baumane receives the Jury Distinction Award at the Festival international du film d'animation d'Annecy!



The European premiere of MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE by Signe Baumane will take place at Festival international du film d'animation d'Annecy!

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Latvian animated short film HUSH HUSH LITTLE BEAR is selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival Young Audience Short films competition.
More information HERE.



Vassilis Kroustallis talks to Latvian puppet animation director Dace Rīdūze for Zippy Frames.

Lear more about her upcoming 20-minute puppet environmental film ANGRY BAG, making animation for children's audiences and about the history, the present and the future of prestigious studio Animacijas Brigade! More information here.

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The eighth edition of Riga International Film festival has come to an end, but you still have the opportunity to watch a discussion about co-production between Vladimir Leschiov and the representative of NFB, Canadian producer, Marc Bertrand. It took place during the Baltic Animation Meet-Up, which is organised in partnership with the Latvian Animation Association.

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With deep sadness Latvian Animation association marks the loss of Nils Skapāns (1969-2021). Nils Skapāns was the only Latvian master of plasticine animation, in his short creative career he has produced more than 40 stop motion films. His last film THE NAP will premiere early 2022 and is nominated for the Best Director and Best Short 2021 at the National Film Awards.



GUARD OF HONOUR by Edmunds Jansons premieres at Anifilm Festival 2021!


For this great occasion Vassilis Kroustallis did an interview with Edmunds for Zippy Frames. You can learn more about how he started his career, how the Atom Art production company was established, and about his upcoming feature THE HAPPY ONES.

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Latvia will be a part of this year's MIFA FOCUS at Baltic Animation – What's New? 

Join us on Thursday, 17th June 15:30 CET online for an overview of the Baltic animation scene – funding possibilities, Baltic animation ecosystem and current productions. The presentation of Latvia will be moderated by Anna Zača.
* MIFA badge holders can access the presentation until December.

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Zippy Frames has published a new country profile, this time about Latvia. Dive in to learn more about the contemporary Latvian animation scene.

Read more here.

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The results of the National Film Centre of Latvia film production grants 2022 have been released and it’s announced that our animation bouquet is to become even more colorful with 4 new films!

Support for the first stage of film production has been granted to:

Studija Kokles and Karlis Vitols for their first feature film NORTHEN STAR, VFS Films and Krista Burāne for THE MAGIC WARDROBE and Atom Art and Edmunds Jansons for FREERIDE. But Film Studio "Animacijas Brigade" Ltd and Dace Rīdūze will be able to start and finish the production of their upcoming short Kājām gaisā!

Congratulations! Read more on Cineuropa.

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Starting the journey to the viewers, Signe Baumane film MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE is to be premiered on 11th June in New York at the Tribeca film festival's International Narrative Competition programme!



Gints Zilbalodis releases the first teaser of his upcoming feature film FLOW, which is a co-production between Dream Well

(Latvia), Sacre­bleu Productions (France), and CINÉ-LIT­TÉ Productions (Ger­many), and was pitched during the Cartoon Movie 2022. HERE is the teaser and HERE you can read more about the film via Zippy Frames.




Lizetes Upītes short film NIGHT WALKS, produced by Atom Art, now is available online! Take a look here.



Vassilis Kroustallis did an interview with Latvian animation director Zane Oborenko and they talked about her upcoming short film KAFKA IN LOVE (produced by Atom Art), which received CEE Animation Workshop WILD CARD back in 2019.  She shares both her inspiration and practicalities of working with sand animation. Read more HERE.



Ja vēlaties uzzināt vairāk par Latvijas Animācijas asociācijas darbību, aicinām izlasīt Annas Začas rakstu KINO RAKSTOS. Paldies LAA biedriem Dignei Briģei, Anetei Grīnbergai, Lizetei Upītei, Ievai Viesei Vigulai, Robertam Vinovskim, Gintam Zilbalodim, kas piedalījās raksta tapšanā, tāpat pateicamies Egilam Mednim, Nilam Skapānam, Indrai Sproģei, Kārlim Vītolam par rakstā redzamajām skicēm.

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Director Gints Zilbalodis and producer Matīss Kaža won the Cristal Publishing Prize for their upcoming feature film FLOW at the MIFA Pitches during Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Congratulations!



The latest short film COMEBACK by Vladimir Leschiov is part of the International Short Film Competition L'officielle. The film tells a story about a long-lost childhood passion, which may return one day. Vassilis Kroustallis did an interview with Vladimir for Zippy Frames, if you want to learn more about the film!

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The National Film Centre of Latvia has supported the development of three animation projects – feature ROACH COACH (Trakmakāns) by director Ilze Burkovska - Jakobsen, producer Guntis Trekteris (Ego Media), feature TWO FINGERS [working title] (Divi Pirksti) by directors Nils Skapāns and Uģis Olte, producer Uldis Cekulis (Vides filmu studija) and first four shorts of series THE WARDROBE OF WONDER by director Krista Burāne, producer Uldis Cekulis (Vides filmu studija).