DFI Film Lab in Latvia

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The Danish Film Institute’s mobile film studio for children and teens, FILM-Y, is stopping in Riga until mid-May.

FILM-Y, the Danish Film Institute’s mobile film studio for children and youth, is spending a month in the Latvian capital of Riga. FILM-Y is a scaled-down, travel-friendly version of FILM-X, the DFI’s interactive film studio in Copenhagen, where children and teens get to direct, shoot, edit and screen their own short films.

FILM-Y is visiting Riga from 1 April to mid-May on the occasion of the city’s appointment as the European Capital of Culture for 2014. Latvian kids have had a chance to try out FILM-Y at the local children’s culture house, Rīgas Skolēnu Pils. Over the course of the summer, films made by the children will be screened publicly as part of the Capital of Culture activities.

The official opening of FILM-Y in Riga took place on 4 April, with attendees including Juris Bogdanov, head of Rīgas Skolēnu Pils; Ina Druviete, the Latvian minister of education; Per Carlsen, the Danish ambassador to Latvia; Simon Drewsen Holmberg of the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and Charlotte Giese, head of the Danish Film Institute’s department for children and youth.

Report on Latvian TV about FILM-Y in Riga:

FILM-Y’s Latvian visit is organised in partnership between the Danish Film Institute, the National Film Center of Latvia and the Danish Cultural Institute in Riga.

Film Appreciation in the Classroom

From its inception in 2002, the FILM-X concept has attracted international attention, not least as a new means of teaching film appreciation and film production. In response, the Danish Film Institute made a special mobile version of the studio – FILM-Y.

Since 2008, FILM-Y has visited London, Damascus, Brussels, Transylvania and other international locations in addition to numerous Danish towns.

via the Danish Film Institute

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.