NGO URGA is a film and production studio dedicated to promote education and creativity through filmmaking. Estabilshed in 1999 the studio started as a laboratory where children and youth had the possibility to develop their skills in the field of audio and video technologies by filming and editing and making own films. The professionals working in the studio estabilshed an entvirontment for fillmmakers aiming at creating high quality production for TV and cinema. Since then URGA has produced fiction and animation films, video and audio advertising as well as music videos. Our productions have participated and have been awarded in European and International film festivals. The studio is based in creativity centre for youth "2 ANNAS" in Riga. Our main funding sources include state funding coming from Riga town hall and Culture Capital Fund of Latvia.
Our mission is empowering youth to to become skilled social and critical creators and thinkers rather than passive consumers of the media. Among our key priorities are: eliminating barriers between people with different cultures, different native languages and interests; raising young people’ s awareness of the aching problems of our world; inviting exploration and thinking about social roles and stereotypes, gender equality and intercultural dialogue through film; give all young filmmakers, an opportunity to access film training and digital technology skills; enable local filmmakers to estabilsh international connections and future co-productions.
Our main activities include training youth on editing and filming trough courses, organising workshops on fillmaking with participation of field professionals, producing high quality film and animation videos. Our main project each year is the international film festival "2 ANNAS". The festival searches and introduces with innovative ways of visual communication on an international level. The main objective is to show the various problems of our world and encourage a dialogue between the film viewers. In 2007 the festival became and an international film festival and started to offer Baltic and International competition programmes. During the festival cinema and audiovisual professionals and students as well as everybody interested are given the opportunity to see films that are showcased in film festivals like Berlinare, Tampere, Annecy, Sundance and others.
We can conribute with the promotion of their ideas and values, share with our experience in work with youth and film, participate in events, promote opportunities of the network among our international partners.
During our 16 years experience as an NGO in the cinema field, we have learnt on our own that art is strong way to unite people. It speaks about different issues, searches for common values and breaks cultural barriers. Everything connected with film- the production process as well as film festivals, connects work of different departments, people with different backgrounds, skills, tastes and personalities. We want to join the network because we are interested in future international collaborations with young people and active organizations in order to develop new ideas, concepts and partnerships as well as broaden the intercultural dialogue for our youth.