BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FESTIVAL
The Riga International Film Festival (IFF) Arsenals is organised by the International Centre of Cinema in co-operation with Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and National Film Centre of Latvia. A biennial event, IFF Arsenals was held for the first time in 1986.
The forums roots can be found in the Cinema Days 86 (Kino dienas 86) where films were shown that were heretofore not accessible to the Soviet proletariat. The initiative from Cinema Days 86 subsequently resulted in the formation of the Riga Video Centre, the International Centre of Cinema, the Riga Film Museum and the International Film Forum Arsenal.
IFF Arsenals has become a popular event and has received international recognition with its continued high standard of selected films with the goal of expanding the unique language of cinema. Arsenalss priority is filmmakers whose work is based on an unconventional creative approach. The main aim of the forum is to promote the diversity of artistic approaches and aesthetic conceptions. Arsenals does not give priority to any specific artistic or stylistic trend.
The main sections of IFF Arsenals are:
Forum Main Screening,
Baltic Film Competition,
The main part of the program consists of feature films but documentaries and animated and short films are also selected.
There is no jury at IFF Arsenals. Who can say that Michelangelo is better than Bosch, Eve better than Mary, and some animals better than others? That is why from the very beginning of the Forum in 1986, each participant of the Main Screening receives a special prize the Magic Crystal, engraved Best Director. Grand Prix in the amount of 10 000 USD is drawn in a lottery taking place at the closing ceremony of Film Forum. The luckiest one wins.
The International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) jury chooses their favourite during the festival.
|THE 17th IFF ARSENALS (2004)