The evaluation commission of the competition for the shooting of foreign films of the co-financing program “Riga Film Fund” has reviewed the applications received in June. Five film projects in the amount of 511,732 euros were approved for concluding a co-financing agreement with the Riga Municipality, the media was informed by the Public Relations Department of the Riga City Council.
The total planned budget of eligible costs for the five approved film projects, which, upon receipt of co-financing, is intended to be spent in Riga and Latvia, is 2,508,181 euros. The Riga City Council indicated that all costs related to Latvia’s infrastructure, transport, rent of premises and equipment, hotels, utilities, construction and security services, as well as artistic and administrative works are considered eligible within the framework of the tender.
The co-financing is planned to be paid only when the filming is completed and the money has already been spent in Riga and Latvia, and the producers have submitted reports certified by sworn auditors on the use of the supported funds.
Ego Media’s application for the sports drama about the Estonian basketball team Kalev, which is based on real events in the early 1990s, was approved for concluding a co-financing agreement with the Riga Municipality. The film will be made in collaboration with Allfilm (Estonia). Filming in Latvia is planned for August this year. The Riga Film Foundation will co-finance 25% of the costs in Latvia, as Riga will be shown as Riga in the film’s plot.
Film Angels Studio’s application “Raven’s ravine”, which will be made in collaboration with “Now-films” (Great Britain), is also a Gothic horror film with thriller elements and American poet Edgar Allan Poe as the main character. Filming in Latvia is planned for October 2020, and co-financing from the Riga Film Fund will be 20% of the costs in Latvia.
Film Angels Studio’s application “Aptiekārs Melhiors” has also been approved for co-financing. The film, which will be produced in collaboration with Taska Film (Estonia), is a book-based trilogy of medieval criminal films set in the Hanseatic League of Tallinn. Filming in Latvia is planned for August and September this year, and co-financing from the Riga Film Fund will be 20% of the costs in Latvia.
Tasse Film’s “Wedding II” application, which will be developed in collaboration with Studio Metrage (Poland), was also approved for the co-financing agreement. The tragicomic drama, which will look back on the events of the Second World War in Poland, is planned to be filmed in Latvia at the end of July and August 2020. The project will be co-financed by 20% of the costs in Latvia.
The fifth project that will receive co-financing from the Riga Film Foundation is “Terra X – One Day…” – a trilogy of historical documentary TV films. It was submitted by Cinevilla Films and will be produced in collaboration with Story House Productions (Germany). Filming in Latvia is planned from the second half of July to September this year. The Riga Film Foundation will co-finance 20% of the costs in Latvia.
The Riga City Council indicated that the amount of co-financing planned by the Riga Municipality in the tender is 800,000 euros and the deadline for submission of applications is open until September 30 this year at 12.00. If the request for co-financing of the received applications exceeds the planned amount of the tender, the tender evaluation commission will stop accepting further applications.
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