FACTS & FIGURES 1970 / 2008
Most important dates in the history of film in Latvia
1
May 28, 1896
First cinema show in Riga
2
November 9, 1920
Premiere of the first Latvian feature "I Went to the War" (director Vilis Seglins)
3
December 30, 1923
Opening of the "Splendid Palace" cinema (now cinema "Riga") Ė the most pompous cinema in the Baltic States at that time
4
1951
5 1957
La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Cinema
Venice Film Festival
Coppa Volpi alla migliore attrice: ZIDRA RITENBERGA in Malva
6
1963
Construction of the Riga Film Studio (1890 sq.m.) is completed
7
1977
Fore runner of "The European Documentary Film Symposiums"
- the theoretical documentary film symposium - takes place in Jurmala
8
1986
First International Film Forum "Arsenals" (now a biannual event) takes place
9
1989
Celebrated filmmaker Juris Podnieks produces an impressive chronicle on the agony of the Soviet Empire "Hello, Do you Hear Us?"
10
1990
Documentary "Crossroad Street" by Ivars Seleckis receives "Felix", the prestigious prize of the European Film Academy, The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize) YAMAGATA FESTIVAL 1989
11
1990
Latvian Academy of Culture is founded, now giving the chance to acquire professional education in filmmaking for the first time in Latvia
12
1995
Puppet animation film "Letís Fly" (director Nils Skapans) receives Crystal Bear for the best children short at the 18. International childrens Film Festival in Berlin
2000
Director Anna Viduleja's graduation film at the London National Film & TV School - "Nocturnal" (2000) - is screened at the programme of the Cannes International Film Festival

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