Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS is an independent film and audio-visual art festival that seeks out and introduces the audience to innovative modes of audio-visual communication from all over the world. The goal of the festival is to popularize European and World cinema among the Latvian audience and explore the evolution and trends of Baltic film art from a global perspective.
2ANNAS is a platform which, in addition to the traditional means of filmmaking, promotes new forms of content and expression. Our main objective is to stimulate the development of Latvian and Baltic film art by looking at the highlights of experimental and conceptual film abroad.
It has become one of the most important Baltic short film festivals over the years, and its scope is ever-growing. This year 2ANNAS festival celebrated its 20th anniversary and was proud to receive 1300 films from 70 countries for the consideration, including record-breaking amount of Latvian productions – 60.
The Cinedays Latvian short film programme consists of a selection of fiction and animation short films that have been chosen from the participants of the 2ANNAS IFF competition of 2014 & 2015. Some of whom are already internationally acclaimed, such as Castratus the Boar (Grand Prix at the Tampere Short Film Festival), All My Dead (international premiere at the Montreal Film Festival), Isle of Seals (shown at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival), and Rainy Days (ANIMASIAN Award at Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Canada).
2ANNAS IFF is glad to offer the Cinedays Festival of European Film audience a special Latvian short film programme, selected by the Latvian filmmaker and Programme Director of 2ANNAS IFF – Astra Zoldnere. ASTRA ZOLDNERE is a film director, curator and publicist. In her line of work, the practical and theoretical aspects of film interact with each other. Astra received her Master’s degree from the Baltic Film School and has been publishing articles on film art. Her fictional and documentary short films have been shown in many film festivals and have received several awards and nominations (Best Documentary at Short on Work, Best Short Film the Great Christopher Award, Riga, Audience Award at Filmmzimmer Berlin, and others).