28.4. — 3.5.2021
IDFF Artdocfest / Riga
28.4. — 3.5.2021
  • Vitaly Mansky
    president of the festival
  • Kristine Briede
    curator of the Baltic Focus competition and symposium

As reported earlier, International Documentary Film Festival Artdocfest/Riga is going to take place in Riga April 28 to May 3.

There is still emergency situation in the country and still strangely enough, we, the organizers of the festival, have not lost our ideals and believe that the most important for the film festival is to keep cinema live and have live viewers!

We are still refusing to go online and therefore have decided to organize the festival in a form of a documentary.
The plot of the documentary: the organizers of the festival physically bring the film to a spectator or a limited group of “one bubble” spectators. Size of the group will depend on the regulations at that moment, but we promise – those will be excited viewers! The premier of the film is followed by a discussion with the spectator or group of spectators. When possible for the safety reasons, the author participates in the discussion, if not possible, the author is kindly requested to log in online.
The members of the festival Jury are watching the films on the big screen. The closing ceremony is taking place on May 3 and the winners and prizes are announced.
Important! From May 1-3 the documentary film symposium is taking place. 
1st of May at 11.00 – online discussion “The Mission of the Documentary Filmmaker in the World Without Barricades or What Would Juris Podnieks Film Today?” (participants – Baltic filmmakers) 

2nd of May at 11.00 – discussion “The nice afternoon snap of documentary filmmakers” (participants – Latvian filmmakers)

3rd of May at 11.00 – philosopher Uldis Tirons in conversation with Victor Kossakovsky (no other participants)

Reportages from the film premieres, symposium and closing will be broadcasted online, as well as through other media channels.
Screenings of the films for the wide audience in the cinema hall, during which a real meeting with the author of the film will take place, is planned to be organized in the second half of August, which will be announced separately.

All security measures in force in the country will be provided during the implementation of the festival.

Let us meet the Real Viewers of the Real cinema in the Real World!

  • WHERE:

    Outdoors, in bubbles, Riga City Council, city squares and on screens


    Tel: +371 2727-4745