It will be a collection of film industry events offering a comprehensive educational program for the qualifications, competencies and international competitiveness of Latvian filmmakers, producers, new and emerging film industry professionals, with the aim of educating Latvian young film professionals and providing the opportunity for the regions representatives to meet highly qualified professionals in the European film industry, to work together, and to raise awareness among film industry professionals about the development, distribution, funding issues, place for short film as an independent, full-fledged cinema art form in the context of the overall development of cinema art in Latvia and the Baltic States as a whole.

11:00-13:00 Solutions for Attracting Financial Support for Short Films, "The Short Film as a Calling Card” - Jan Harlan (Germany/USA) with a discussion.
13:15-14:30 The Problematics with Short Film Distribution and Solutions
15:00 -16:30 Co-production of the Short Film: Preconditions, Potential in Festivals and Examples
16:40-18:30 Showcases: Jan Harlan “Music as a Scripting Tool - a World-class Score on a Budget”. Anna Hints (Director of film “ICE”) “Analysis of the Creation of Specific Co-production Short Films”.

10:30-12:30 General Trends and Preconditions for a Successful Debut Short Films Participation in Festivals (primarily for the young film industry professionals)
12:45-14:00 Discussion: Preconditions for Short Film Public Showcasing, Collaborative Models with Broadcasters
15:00-16:30 Latvian Short Film Financing Model: Analysis, Solutions and Recommendations. Representatives of Latvian Film Studios and Animation Studios will be invited to participate in the discussion
16:45-18:00 Nisi Masa - European Network of Young Cinema / European Short, Co-production of Short Film, Insight in Film Co-production (France), foreword by Laima Graždanoviča

Nisi Masa Co-production film programm:
The Baby Shower Joseph Pierce UK/France, 2016 15’
The Chicken Una Gunjak Germany/Croatia, 2014 15’
Helga is in Lund Thelyia Petraki Greece, 2016 20”
Into the Blue Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic Croatia/Slovenia/Sweden, 2017 22”
Mother's Day Kamile Milasiute Lithuania, 2017 13’
Watchkeeping Karolis Kaupinis Lithuania/Belgium, 2017 16” 

Venue: Latvian Academy of Culture at the National Film School premises, Elijas street 17
Dates: 29th, and 30th of November.
Participants: Jan Harlan (Germany/USA), Peter Murdmaa (Estonia), Inesa Kurklietyte (Lithuania), Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Finland), Anna Hints (Estonia), Rimantė Daugėlaitė-Cegelskienė (Lithuania), Larisa Gutmanis (Canada/Latvia), Niels Putman (Belgium), Thom Palmen (Sweden/Latvia), Sari Volanen (Finland), Anna Platpire, Anna Zača, Edmunds Jansons, Brāļi Ābeles, Didzis Eglītis, Jānis Putniņš, Kārlis Lesiņš.

The Baby Shower
Joseph Pierce
United Kingdom, France / 2016 / fiction / 15'

May and Christian are having a baby shower party, whether they want to or not.

The Chicken
Una Gunjak
Croatia, Germany / 2014 / drama / 15'

As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to set it free, unaware of what it will lead to.

Helga is in Lund
Helga Är I Lund
Thelyia Petraki
Greece / 2016 / comedy, drama / 20'

A woman, her doctor, a piano student, a man, his wife and a cat. What connects these people? What separates them? Who is Helga? Where is Lund?

Into the Blue
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
Croatia, Slovenia / 2017 / drama / 22'

Julija and her mother flee their abusive household to find refuge on an idyllic Croatian island where she grew up. Emotionally scarred, Julija is desperate to reconnect with her best friend, Ana.

Mother's Day
Kamilė Milašiūtė
Lithuania / 2017 / drama / 13'

The celebration of the Mother's Day is getting closer. Like every year 16-year-old NERKA and his friends are planning to steal flowers to give to their mother's, but this year is different.

Karolis Kaupinis
Belgium, Lithuania / 2017 / drama / 16'

A father and son try to make mother feel comfortable during her final hours at the hospital. The two men do everything they can to avoid admitting it is impossible to do anything more.

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