‘2Annas’ invites children and young people to identify their festival favorite

April 10, Riga International Short Film Festival “2Annas“invites you to join online screenings, watch short films and vote for your favorite children’s and youth movie categories.

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According to the organizers of the festival, it is the young viewers who will decide which film will win the award. Both film programs were created by Swiss film and theater teacher and artist Ron Rosenberg. Various stories, animations, feature films, fiction and real events – everyone will find something attractive on socially responsible topics. The awarding of the youth short film competition “Land of our home” will also take place on April 10.

The children’s short film program “Caring for” (from 6 to 12 years old) will be shown on April 10, at 12 o’clock. The screening will feature nine short films, including “Fly and Mushrooms: A Bear’s Mouth in the Dark” (Joeri Christiaen, Belgium / France), “Twin trees “(Emmanuel Ollivier, France) and others. In the short film “Lynx in the City” (Nina Bisiarina, Russia), a curious lynx, lured by city lights, will leave its forest, while “Maska” (Saba Ghasemi, Iran) will tell about the pandemic experience from the point of view of a little girl – although adults are busy with daily difficulties , often forget that even children suffer from an unknown situation, the girl will find a positive way to deal with it.

Later, at 2 pm there will be a youth program “Liquids” (12+). As for the film “Enter the River” (Ma Weijia, China), Ron Rosenberg admits: “In simple but poetic images, the film reflects how our present is always connected to the unknown past. To connect with their future, two girls need to find a way to balance their hopes and pains, good nature and demons. The film shows that even destruction can pave the way for beauty and life. ” Also screened are “Spit” (Armin Rahimian, Iran), “How My Grandmother Became a Chair” (Nicolas Fattouh, Lebanon) and “The Smell of Coffee” (Nishok Nishok, Singapore).

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The curator of the children’s and youth program of the Riga International Short Film Festival since 2019 is Ron Rosenberg, a film and theater teacher and artist of Swiss origin, who has designed this year’s selection of films in such a way as to encourage young viewers to think about socially important topics. Screenings for children and young people, especially with the fact that they will determine which of the films will be the best and will win.

At 13.10 the award ceremony of the competition “Land of our home” will take place. Technical Creativity House “Annas 2” invited children and young people aged 10 to 25 to submit their films according to the theme. The competition was an opportunity to express oneself freely in a variety of creative forms and aimed to encourage young people to think about climate change and possibly to find innovative, witty and unexpected ideas and solutions to mitigate climate change.

Registration and access to the full short film program is available on the festival website www.2annas.lv. Children under the age of 13 will not be able to register on the online platform of the short film festival themselves – registration must be done by the children’s parents or legal representatives, but young people from the age of 13 will be able to do it themselves. After registering for online sessions, they will be available for 24 hours. After watching the films, you will see the opportunity to vote for what they think is the best film.

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Riga International Short Film Festival “2Annas”, organized by the Virtual Studio “Urga”, is the leading short film festival in Latvia and one of the most important events of its kind in the Baltics, which has been promoting the short film genre for 25 years.

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