Riga, the Republic of Latvia’s capital, greets visitors with a unique architecture beautifully reflected in the Baltic Sea. The city is home of the Tourfilm Riga, an international festival dedicated to rewarding the best and more creative Tourism Films and Travel Videos.
The event was founded in 2008 by the Riga City Council, with the intention of sharing worldwide the city’s tourism potential and attracting visitors interested in discussing the latest innovations and trends in the Tourism, Video and Marketing sectors.
A significant differential of the event is the set of experiences that it provides to its international guests, which have the opportunity to immerse in the cultural, artistic and gastronomic wealth of Riga through an exciting program, which also promotes the networking and benchmarking between multidisciplinary professionals.
“I consider that the festival is the best place for the networking between filmmakers, producers, festival organizers, the place to gain new contacts and experience, meeting a lot of new people involved in this sphere as well as encountering the old friends.” said Sandra Inkena, the organizer of Tourfilm Riga.
Currently, the vibrant and cosmopolitan Riga is a reference in the sphere of tourism communication, having implemented a festival of great prestige and for its creative and innovative marketing strategies. In 2019, the promotional series “Insiders Guide to Riga” produced by DDB Latvia and nonsense.tv for Riga Tourism Development Bureau was awarded by CIFFT as the World’s Best Tourism Film.
Since 2009, the Tourfilm Riga is an official member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT), alongside other 13 festivals from four continents, at the most prestigious awards and recognition initiative in the Travel Video Marketing Industry - The World’s Best Tourism Film Awards.
For Sandra Inkena, “Being the official member of CIFFT gives our festival international recognition and importance. We can exchange the experience with the other Festivals as well as gain the best films from them. I am very proud that the International Tourism Film Festival “Tourfilm Riga’ is a member of CIFFT!”
Alexander V. Kammel, CIFFT Director, emphasized the importance of Tourfilm Riga to the unique network of festivals. “Tourfilm Riga is a pioneering initiative in Latvia that stands out for the competition’s quality and the unique experiences offered to the attendees. The event is a great platform to give more notoriety for Tourism Brands.” said.
Founded in: 2008
Member since: 2009
City / Country: Riga, Latvia
Festival dates: 30th Sep. - 02nd Oct 2021
Deadline date: 06/30/2021
The unforgettable Riga
Rīga is a city where centuries meet, where Art Nouveau grandeur contrasts soviet practicality, where wooden buildings are reflected on the walls of new high rises. Rīga, the oldest city in Latvia, has developed into an important economic, political and cultural centre since the Middle Ages. When the formation of an independent Latvian Republic occurred in 1918, Rīga became the capital.
In recent decades Rīga has developed into the key financial and trade centre of the Baltics. It is the cultural and political centre of Latvia, home to more than a third of the country’s population and the main driving force of the Latvian economy.
Rīga has hosted numerous events of international significance, ranging from the Tall Ships Regatta to the NATO summit, from the Eurovision Song Contest to a European Capital of Culture. For Rigans themselves there are at least 58 different Rīgas – 58 neighbourhoods each with its own distinct character.
In Rīga, history is ever-present in the stunning historical buildings, in the tributes to historical events, but the atmosphere is dominated by a youthful and creative energy. This fusion of past and present can be felt especially well in Rīga’s numerous creative quarters, where the historical has been preserved, renovated, yet the events held there are distinctly young, creative, and contemporary.