About the festival

2ANNAS International Short Film Festival is an independent festival of film and audiovisual arts, held annually in Riga, Latvia, and is dedicated to seeking out and presenting innovative modes of visual communication. Born in the 1990s, the festival has grown into an international film event which offers films by professional filmmakers, winners of international festivals, students and graduates of film schools from all over the world. 2ANNAS is a platform which, in addition to the traditional means of filmmaking promotes new forms of content and expression. Our main objective is promote the works of professional filmmakers outside of and as an alternative the mainstream cinema products, both locally and internationally. We especially want to see the development of the Baltic films and their trends within the context of the world, to advertise them by creating appropriate environment for developing new ideas and cooperation projects.  

Every year 2ANNAS offers a range of short film collections – International and Baltic Competition programmes, guest programmes, retrospectives, and others, presenting films of all genres - fiction, animation, documentary, experimental film / video art, etc. In our programmes we seek for the innovative, experimental, unseen or long-forgotten in the film world. No idea or event can last without an inner drive or a wish to express something. Therefore when selecting films for 2ANNAS competition programmes we search for works with an individual and unique signature, creativity, aesthetic and technical performance corresponding to the artistic idea. 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. 2ANNAS draws large crowds of visitors, most of which are young filmmakers, artists, and students from the Baltic and European countries.

2ANNAS has recently transformed its festival angle quite radically, by making the submission open to filmmakers of all age groups, the reason being the wish to exist within a context which is defined by high professional, aesthetic, and artistic standards.