2ANNAS is a non-profit independent international short film festival featuring creative shorts produced by young independent filmmakers, film school students, graduates and experimental film projects worldwide. Begun in 1996 as modest film screenings of experimental shorts for youngsters and kids, 2ANNAS has grown into an international event seeking innovative ideas and fresh cinematic solutions from all around the world.
The festival’s objective is to promote non-commercial cinema. It presents the latest tendencies and a variety of ideas generated by young filmmakers in different areas of the world. The festival promotes the work of these filmmakers by encouraging them to meet each other, share a creative experience, cooperate, learn, inspire, and discover new perspectives for their future work. The festival hosts a special sub-festival called Green Anna, which presents shorts created by youth under the age of 18.
Every May, 2ANNAS offers a range of short film collections – features, animation, music videos, and documentaries – in its competition and special programs, which are screened in Riga’s cinemas and other venues. The festival hosts lectures and photo exhibitions, as well as theater and music performances, “out-of-box events”, and other activities within the rich city environment and the vibrant multi-talented 2ANNAS atmosphere.
The festival invites special guests – young film directors, VJs and DJs, lecturers, jury members and collaboration partners – from a number of different countries. The festival also draws large crowds of visitors, most of which are young filmmakers, artists, and students from the Baltic and European countries.