A DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL KULDIGA, LATVIA 2013 16 - 17 AUGUST 2013
We are happy to announce that the next edition of A Design Film Festival (DFF) will take place in Latvia, in the town of Kuldiga. The idea of the venue, suggested by the Art Academy of Latvia, easily resonated with the mission of the newly established Kuldiga Artists Residency - to bring professional art in its various manifestations to more distant regions of Latvia instead of concentrating art events in the capital.
Apart from several films from DFF's catalogue - compiled by Anonymous - the program of the event in Kuldiga will also include some golden treasures from one of the oldest film studios in the former Soviet Union - the Riga Film Studio (as suggested by the Art Academy of Latvia). These films, made during the 1960's to 1980's and dedicated to art and design (such as the newsreel "Art" No.2 from 1969) may now seem like rather exotic jewels depicting, inter alia, what presently appears to be an ideologically distorted way of conceiving things in a rather distant past.
Pecha Kucha night, held at the Kuldiga District Council (with a presentation also by the Director of Anonymous, Felix Ng), will be the opening event of DFF in Latvia, Kuldiga. There will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy films in open air. This is the third season for the local open air cinema - the Goldingen Knight Cinema. It can be found in one of the most beautiful places - not only in Kuldiga, but one might even say in the whole world - with a view of the widest natural waterfall in Europe, located on the river Venta.
Kuldiga Artists Residency is a newly established unit at the Kuldiga District Municipality, Latvia. It's long term objective is to create a sustainable residency program to provide support for artists, designers and architects in their creative processes. In the meantime the Residency is involved in various on-going art and culture related events, which helps to highlight Kuldiga as a regional art and culture hub in Latvia. The program of Kuldiga Artists Residency is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, Latvia.