Third International Documentary Film Festival Holds March 2023, Invites Applications for Participation

Cees van ’t Hullenaar
Executive Director, IDFF

The third International Documentary Film Festival (IDFF) Artdocfest/Riga has been scheduled to hold in Riga, the capital city of Latvia, from March 3 to 9, 2023, during which time various events for the film industry will take place including public discussions, documentary film symposium, pitching, film discussions with the authors and public participation.

Abbreviated IDFF Artdocfest/Riga, the Festival is a professional event which will feature both competitive and non-competitive screenings of documentary films from around the world.

Individuals have the option of participating in the Baltic Focus competition or in the Artdocfest competition. For participation in any of these, applications are accepted from June 15, 2022 to December 15, 2022.

For the ‘Baltic Focus’ Competition Section, the Festival considers films produced in the countries of the Baltic Sea Region (Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden) or co-produced with any of these countries. A Latvian premiere status at the Festival is a mandatory condition. Preference will be given to films having Baltic or World premiere status during the film selection process. The festival does not impose any restrictions on film length.

The ‘Artdocfest-Open’ Competition Section is open to films created by authors from Eastern Europe and post-Soviet countries or dedicated to the processes taking place in the countries of the former socialist camp.

Films in the premiere status for Latvia are allowed to participate in the competition. The selection committee may make an exception to this rule, but not more than one film per year. When forming the program, preference is given to films in the status of “world premiere” and those that have not previously been shown in the Baltic countries. Submitted films must be no longer than 180 minutes.

The language of the festival is English. Films are shown in their original language and must be subtitled into English with translation into Latvian (depending on the original language). Festival events are translated into Latvian and English (depending on the meeting format and audience).  The language of the professional panel discussions and the symposium is English.

Films entered for any one of the IDFF Artdocfest/Riga Programmes has to ensure that by January 15 of the respective year the Festival has received the following materials:

  • script dialogue in original language and English (even if the film is only in English);
  • a digital copy of the film for subtitling needs;
  • a synopsis;
  • biography and a photograph of the director;
  • film publicity images;
  • commercial film poster (if applicable);
  • trailer or teaser for the film (if applicable);
  • other publicity materials (if applicable).

Films for the competitions are to be submitted by their creators, regardless of production company proprietorship, or by individuals/authors if they hold all of the rights to the film.

Details for submission are available in regulations IDFF Artdocfest / Riga. Applicants are encouraged to please read the technical requirements for submitting copies of films to be considered for programme inclusion.

Once done, applicants should Submit Applications Here.