IDFF Artdocfest / Riga postponed to spring 2021

In the situation of sharp increase of Covid-19 cases by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia an Emergency Situation is introduced for the period of November 9th – December 6th, 2020.

In this regard we are forced to announce the impossibility of holding IDFF Artdocfest/Riga which was to start at the November 26th.

We also decided not to run the online version of the festival as we claim that only the live connection between the viewers and the filmmakers,  the magic of premieres on the big screen and in-depth discussions of the industry representatives are the true meaning of phenomena we call a real film festival.

Now, 20 days before the IDFF Artdocfest /Riga we have carried out 100% of the preparations but in this situation we have been forced to make a decision to postpone the festival until the spring of 2021.

IDFF Artdocfest/Riga will be held in April, 2021.

All the films selected for both competition programs and out-of-competition screenings remain in our programs and hold the invitation to participate in the festival.

Considering Force Majeure, unfortunately, this year we cannot insist on keeping the status of Latvian premiere. However, we would be grateful if the authors refrain from screening the films in Latvia until April next year.

We are moving the Riga Documentary Symposium along with the festival to April.

We will try to keep everything as planned including the screening schedule and even the jury.

We apologize for the inconveniences caused but we will compensate this fully with great hospitality in the first & joyful spring after “the plague” at the first IDFF Artdocfest/Riga!

Vitaly Manski

The President of Artdocfest

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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