Film News

Honored with the Order of the Three Stars

                                                                                                                                               11.11.2021.
Morning of November 11, 2021., at Lāčplēsis Day, comes with wonderful, thrilling news!
Film studio's "Animācijas brigāde" film scriptwriter, artist, producer
Māris Putniņš and film director, animator Jānis Cimmermanis
has been appointed as officers of the Order of the Three Stars.
Order of the Three Stars (Triju Zvaigžņu ordenis) is the highest civilian order awarded for meritorious service to the Republic of Latvia.
It was established in 1924 in remembrance of the founding of Latvia
Film scriptwriter, artist, producer Māris Putniņš and film director, animator Jānis Cimmermanis
Film scriptwriter, artist, producer Māris Putniņš and film director, animator Jānis Cimmermanis

New feature animation film "Henry The Great"

                                                                                                                                                              11.09.2020.

 

Feature animation film "Henry The Great" (Lielais Indriķis) will be based on a children’s adventure novel Wild Pies/ Mežonīgie pīrāgi by Māris Putniņš.

 

This will be an adventurous and amusingly ironic stop motion animated film for whole family.

Film will be finished in 2022.

Henry The Great

After returning to his homeland, Baltaine's bacon pie Henry The Great reveals 
that his homeland has been taken over by Oriental pies under the terrible leadership of 
Tsar Aivens, and there is nothing left but to start a heroic fight for the 
liberation of the homeland.
Script & Art: Māris Putniņš Director: Jānis Cimmermanis Camera: Ēvalds Lācis

New animation short "Greece treasures" (Grieķijas dārgumi) by director Jānis Cimmermanis

 

                                                                                                                                                          11.12.2020.

The newest puppet animation episode of the series

Rescue Team in Europe - "Greece treasures" is out now!

 

Director: Jānis Cimmermanis

Script: Māris Putniņš

Camera: Ēvalds Lācis

Animation: Māris Brinkmanis, Dace Rīdūze

 

"GREECE TREASURES"

 

The pensioner has arrived in Greece, Halkidiki. While fishing from his boat,

 

he pulls out an old amphora, but its bottom brakes off and falls back into the sea.

The old man calls the "Rescue team" for a help. Three “Rescue team” men arrive with their ship and put on scuba diver equipment, then go deep into the sea to find the lost property...

 


Newest animation short for kids "Angry bag" directed by Dace Rīdūze is in the making

                                                                                                                                     10.08.2020.

Film director Dace Rīdūze has started work on a 20-minute puppet animation film “Angry bag” (Dusmukule). Film script is based on the motifs of Agnese's Vanaga's children's book "Plastic Hooligans". Film is intended for primary school children, where the main character is a plastic shopping bag.

 

Angry bag

Two boys find an unusual plastic bag with no handle. It turns out to be alive, moving around and angry because it has become useless to everyone.

Angry bag” together with boys are trying to find a new meaning in life and a new use for other plastic bags that when abandoned have become a real trash hooligans.

 

Director - Dace Rīdūze

Film artist - Ieva Kauliņa

Cameraman - Elvijs Menniks

Producer - Māris Putniņš

 

Film will be finished in May 2021.


                                                                                                                                   06.05.2020.

"The Rescue Team" is ready to help again!

 

The newest puppet animation episode of the series

Rescue Team in Europe - "Greece treasures" is in the making!

 

Director: Jānis Cimmermanis

Script: Māris Putniņš

Camera: Ēvalds Lācis

Animation: Māris Brinkmanis, Dace Rīdūze

 

First look of the set:


                                                                                                                      02.03.2020.

Newest animation short for kids "Pea Children" (Zirņa bērni) by director Dace Rīdūze

 

Little peas sit hiding calm
In a warm and cozy pod –
In the mid of summer heat
Covered with a blanket heap.

 

Winter comes and then comes frost –
Breaks the warm and cozy bed,
All the blankets fall off them:
Little peas run bare and cold.

 

Films main characters are 8 pea children who live in their green pea pod; the story tells how they are interacting with the world and its other inhabitants in the context of natural cycles and laws. Characters are going through fun and musical adventures after they break out of their green pod house.

 

Director and script: Dace Rīdūze

Art design: Ilze Kiršteina

Camera: Ēvalds Lācis

Animation: Māris Brinkmanis

Music: Uldis Marhilevics

                                                                            


                                                                                                                                                        16.09.2019.

In the making "Pea children" (Zirņa bērni)

 

In the making new puppet animation short film for kids

"Pea children" (Zirņa bērni) director Dace Rīdūze.

 

Director and script: Dace Rīdūze

Art design: Ilze Kiršteina

Camera: Ēvalds Lācis

Animation: Māris Brinkmanis

                                                                                                                                                        02.09.2019.

Newest animation episode of the series Rescue Team in Europe - "London holidays"

 

Newest animation episode of the series

Rescue Team in Europe - "London holidays"

(Avārijas brigāde Eiropā - Londonas brīvdienas) is finished!

 
LONDON HOLIDAYS

11 min. 2K 2019.

 

>> The men of the "Rescue team" are finally on holidays and are traveling on their yellow boat through the English Channel.
The satellite phone is ringing; London's famous clock "Big Ben" has broke down and the "Rescue team" rushes to fix it.
Morning comes and “Big Ben” is working again! However, when it comes time to ring, the solution found by the “Rescue team” is a great surprise to the Queen of England...

 

Director: Jānis Cimmermanis

Script: Māris Putniņš

Art: Māris Putniņš

Puppet makers: Ilze Kiršteina, Lelde Kārkliņa, Ēriks Kiršteins

Sets: Viktors Maksurovs, Gints Grasis, Dace Rožlapa

Camera: Ēvalds Lācis

Animation: Māris Brinkmanis and Dace Rīdūze

Computer graphics: Andris Gailītis

Music: Mārtiņš Brauns

Sound: Anrijs Krenbergs


                                                                                                                                             12.18.2018

New puppet animation films!

 

THE DUST

 

Script - Dace Riduze

Art -  Martins Milbrets, Ilze Kirsteina

Director - Dace Riduze

Camera - Evalds Lacis

Sound - Anrijs Krenbergs

Producer - Maris Putnins

 

13 min.

colour, digital, 16:9

2018.

 

Small boy's life is usual and a bit boring.
Every day one and the same thing - school, homework, music lessons...
On boy's book shelf, life is also happening.
In the world of dusties you can meet many different ones playful,
sleepy and even traveling ones.
One of them is especially educated and smart.
He loves the order, takes care of other dusties, manages foreign languages,
but he always feels lonely.
An accidental encounter between the two worlds of a boy and
little dusty is turning their everyday life into an interesting adventure.

 

 

SECRETS OF PARIS

 

Script -               Maris Putnins

Art-                   Maris Putnins

Director-            Janis Cimmermanis

Camera-             Evalds Lacis

Sound -             Anrijs Krenbergs

Producer-          Maris Putnins

 

 

8 min.

colour, digital, 16:9

2018.

 

At the Eiffel tower security guard’s office electricity goes off. Guard tries to repair electricity but can’t, so he needs to call for “The Rescue Team”.  Men arrive on their yellow plane and start rescue work by fixing things. Initially, it works out well, but then the light suddenly goes off in all city of Paris, and the portrait of Mona Liza disappears from the darkened Louvre Museum. However, everything ends fine…


                                                                                                                          17.08.2018.

Award to "Esperance of will" directed by Rene Turtledove

 

>>> Great news!

Award in nomination "Best Stop Motion up to 10 minutes" went to puppet animation short "The Esperance Of Will" by new animation director Rene Turtledove at the International Brazil Stop Motion Film Festival August 8.-15.2018.

 

 


                                                                                                                         16.04.2018.

A new book on the history of 50 years of the Latvian Puppet Film Studio is out now!

"Lelles var visu!" ("Puppets can do anything!")

Written by Dace Rožlapa and Māris Putniņš

 

- It is an exciting journey in time of the unique world of puppet animation film makers in Latvia.

 

Buy your copy here:

https://www.valtersunrapa.lv/lv/e-veikals/book/50290/lelles-var-visu-lellu-filmu-studijas-50-gadu-vesture

 


New Animation short THE ESPERANCE OF WILL by Rene Turtledove out now

 

Script -               Rene Turtledove

Director -           Rene Turtledove

Camera-             Elvijs Menniks

Art-                    Dzintars Krumins

Composer-         Zane Veremeja

Sound editor -    Normunds Deinats

Producer-           Maris Putnins

 

8 min

2017.

The Esperance Of Will

 

When the last of her friends has been buried, a daunting loneliness takes over an elderly lady. On her way home from the graveyard she runs into her own memories that play out in front of her eyes all over the city. The road takes her to the coffin store where she has to face a choice. Either it’s going to be a coffin or an old sledge. She says her goodbyes to her late husband and her dog and takes off towards the top of the mountain. The road is long and covered in snow, but the lady perseveres. When the top is reached she sits down on her sledges and pushes herself off the edge...

 


Animation short THE MOLE AND THE BULL by Ēvalds Lācis

 

Script              Evalds Lacis

Director          Evalds Lacis

Camera            Evalds Lacis

Art                    Maris Putnins

Composer        Martins Brauns

Sound editor    Normunds Deinats

Producer           Maris Putnins

 

2017.

THE MOLE AND THE BULL

 

A Film about the Mole, who is living in difficult times - the war between people happens write over his head. Also his neighbor the Bull does not like Mole so he wants to get rid of the little creature. But all ends up well.


Animation short WAIKIKI by Maris Brinkmanis is out now!

 

Script -             Maris Putnins

Art-                  Maris Putnins

Director-           Maris Brinkmanis

Camera-           Evalds Lacis

Music -             Goran Gora

Sound -            Normunds Deinats

Producer-         Maris Putnins

 

2017.

WAIKIKI

 

Evening time at pastry shop.  Dark brown cocoa sweet potato falls off the shelf into a plate of sweet zephyrs (marshmallows). He opens his eyes moves his little arms and legs and realizes that he has fallen into zephyr container on his head. Zephyr (Marshmallow) pink girl is disturbed from the hustle and opens her eyes. They look at each other. New friends decide to walk through the cake rack and adventures can begin...


AWARD TO ANIMATION SHORT "FOREST GUARDS" BY MĀRIS BRINKMANIS!

 

Puppet animation short FOREST GUARDS by Maris Brinkmanis has received an award for the best kids film at New Chitose Airport Int'l Animation Festival 2016. in Japan!  Congratulations!    


Animation short by Dace Rīdūze "Piglet's journey" out now

 

"PIGLET'S JOURNEY"

Script - Dace Riduze

Director - Dace Riduze

Camera- Evalds Lacis

Art- Ilze Kirsteina

Composers- Aigars Voitiskis, Andris Sejāns, Ingus Ulmanis

Sound - Anrijs Krenbergs

Producer- Maris Putnins

 

13.min

2016.

 

The story is about little Piglet who prefers sweet, lazy sleep than engaging in any housework. He gets offended when his friends ask for help. Chatty magpie tells little Piglet of rich and generous relatives in the forest. Piglet believes magpie and goes into the forest for promised better life. But the dream turns into illusion and Piglet’s trip turns into a dangerous affair.

 


Animated-documentary MASTER’S SECRET LIFE

 

MASTER’S SECRET LIFE

(director Janis Cimmermanis)

The film is dedicated to the centenary of Arnolds Burovs.

Animated documentary film.

 

Script - Māris Putniņš
Art - Māris Putniņš
Director - Jānis Cimmermanis
Camera - Ēvalds Lācis
Composer - Boriss Rezņiks
Sound - Anrijs Krenbergs

Producer - Māris Putniņš

 

A. Burov’s life – partly reflected in real documentary shots, partly in characters or fragments from his films and partly also in newly created animations. We find A. Burovs as a young man without any specific characteristic similarity. He is rather a kind of man that he wanted to see himself in memories and fantasies.

The real life gradually passes into the world of fantasy through the play with different characters and the small film puppets which he himself modifies and rearranges as he wants.  Thus A. Burovs  reveals his dreams about Bimini, his nostalgic desire for past times that he wants to make real and fill with life again. The performance of puppets in the film become a reality. The dreams fulfill. There we can meet the poet Caks, the artists Sappy, Rembrant with Sasky... And Master finally reaches his dreamland - Bimini...


                                                                                                                     25.10.2015.

Award "Lielais Kristaps" to the "TOWER"

 

Great news!

Award in nomination "Best animation film" went to puppet animation short "TOWER" by Janis Cimmermanis at the National Latvian Film Festival "Lielais Kristaps 2014."

 Congratulations to the film studio "Animācijas Brigāde"!                                                          


26.05.2015.

First look of the making of the film "MASTER'S SECRET LIFE"

First look!

In the making new puppet animation-documentary feature film

"Master's secret life" (Director Jānis Cimmermanis) a film about life of Arnolds Burovs (1915-2006) the founder and film director of the first Latvian puppet animation film studio.

 


Award to "Little Ruddy" and other shorts from Film studio "Animacijas Brigade"

 

Wonderful news!

 

Animation short SĀRTULIS (LITTLE RUDDY) by Dace Rīdūze has received the Youth Jury Award as a Best animation short film at Freeze Frame International film festival 2015. Canada, Winnipeg, 1.- 8. March. 2015.

 

 

On top of that, LITTLE RUDDY was in compilation with other shorts: TOWER, CORRIDA, VASA called "Fun from the Baltic countries" won the Audience award for short film programs!

 

 


Puppet animation short "Hares`big day" by Dace Rīdūze is out now!

 

Script - Dace Riduze

Director - Dace Riduze

Camera- Evalds Lacis

Art- Ilze Kirsteina

Composer- Uldis Marhilevics

Sound editor - Normunds Deinats

Producer- Maris Putnins

 

10 min, color, digital

2015.

 

Hares’ Big Day

 

Little lazy bunny is shocked by a sudden spring morning hustle and bustle at his home. He`s not only being disturbed from his sleep, but also involved in various unprecedented tasks. Going to the henhouse for eggs turns into dangerous adventure. In order to save Easter, little bunny have to overcome both - his laziness and fear and believe in the miraculous presence of the sun bunny.

 


Puppet animation short "Tower" (Italy episode) from the series Rescue Team in Europe out now!

 

Script - Maris Putnins

Art- Maris Putnins

Director- Janis Cimmermanis

Camera- Evalds Lacis

Music - Martins Brauns

Sound - Anrijs Krenbergs

Producer- Maris Putnins

 

8 min.

colour, digital, 16:9

2014.

TOWER

Japanese tourist group arrive on the Italian city of Pisa to see the famous crooked tower there. This time they are joined by a pensioner from Latvia. While viewing the tower it suddenly begins to crook and frightened tourist’s rushes to hold it. Their efforts come in the global television event, which is seen by "The Rescue Team" and so the men rushes to save both the tower and the Latvian tourist…


Puppet animation short "Hare's big day" by director Dace Rīdūze is in the making!

 

New puppet animation short "Hare's big day" by director Dace Rīdūze is in the making. The story will be about Easter and adventures of a little bunny and his family. 

(photo from the film set)

 


New puppet animation short by director Māris Brinkmanis in the making!

 

Film studio "Animācijas Brigāde" is making of a new puppet animation short directed by Māris Brinkmanis titled "Forest guards" (Meža sargi) it will be about nature and human coexcistence.

(photo from the film set)

 


Set of the latest animation episode of Rescue Team in Europe - "Tower"

 

Have the first look of the set!  :)

 

Director: Jānis Cimmermanis

Script: Māris Putniņš

Camera: Ēvalds Lācis

Animation: Māris Brinkmanis



Film studio`s "Animācijas Brigāde" latest animation films at 64. International Filmfestspiele Berlinale

 

Film director Dace Rīdūze went to 64. International Filmfestspiele Berlinale, Germany, 06th-16th of February 2014 to present Film Studio "Animācijas Brigāde" Ltd latest animation films "Little Ruddy"(Sārtulis) by Dace Rīdūze and "Vasa"(Vāsa) by Jānis Cimmermanis.

 

Films where well received and admired by kids and jury of 64. International Filmfestspiele Berlinale Generation Kplus.

 

 

 


Animation films "Little Ruddy" and "Vasa" goes to Berlin!

 

Latest Film studio "Animacijas Brigade" animation films: "Little Ruddy" (Sārtulis) by Dace Rīdūze and "Vasa" - Rescue Team in Europe (Vāsa) by Jānis Cimmermanis are going to Berlin to the 64. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin film festival to compete in section Generation Kplus!

 

 Press Releases 64th Berlinale

 


NEW DVD - out now!

 

>>> The wait is over!!!

The latest DVD "Zelta DVD 9" of the newest Film studio`s "Animacijas Brigade" films is out now!

DVD called "GARDUMIŅI" includes films:

"Little Ruddy" (Sārtulis) by Dace Rīdūze;

"Crispy" (Kraukšķītis) by Dace Rīdūze;

"Acorn Boy" (Zīļuks) by Dace Rīdūze;

"Hedgehogs and the city" (Eži un lielpilsēta) by Ēvalds Lācis;

"Tiger" (Tīģeris) by Jānis Cimmermanis;

"Corrida" (Korida) by Jānis Cimmermanis;

"Vasa" (Vāsa) by Jānis Cimmermanis.

 

Search for the Zelta DVD 9 "GARDUMIŅI" at the bigest music and video shops in Riga.

> Elkor shops in Riga

> Upe - Vaļņu iela 26, Rīga, Latvija

> Randoms - Kaļķu iela 4, Riga, Latvija

> Valters un Rapa

> X-net internet shop

 


Little Hedgehogs are loved all over the world!

 

This time - Special mention to HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY (EŽI UN LIELPILSĒTA) by Ēvalds Lācis from Children's Competition at the 6th KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin, Germany. 10th to 17th of November 2013.

 

KUKI Festival 2013. Honorable Mention

 

 


The 9th Award to "HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY"!

 
Film director "Evalds Lacis’ animated short "Hedgehogs and the City" won the Best European Animated Short prize at the 27th edition of the Cinekid Festival 2013. in Amsterdam. Twenty animated European projects were competing for the price."

 

CINEKID AWARD TO "HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY"

 

 


Two animation film awards for Hedgehogs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time it is 2 awards! "Hedgehogs and the city" by Ēvalds Lācis awarded with

 

1)  Kids jury "Best Kids" Award

&

2)  Kids Audience Award

 

at FANTOCHE 11th International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland, Baden, 2013.

FANTOCHE awards

 

Congratulations Ēvalds and AB studio team!!!

"Hedgehogs and the city" is loved by Japanese kids!

 

Film studio "Animācijas Brigade" just received this charming Special Jury’s Award from the 21st TOKYO KINDER FILM FESTIVAL 2013., Japan, (7th – 11th August) for the film "Hedgehogs and the City" by director Ēvalds Lācis who himself is posing with the award.

 

 

We thank Tokyo Kinder Film Festival for this wonderful surprice!

 

 

どうもありがとうございました

 


"HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY" by Ēvalds Lācis continues its triumph around the world!

 

Animation short "HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY" by the film director Ēvalds Lācis continues its triumph around the world!
International Special Jurys Award at The 21st TOKYO KINDER FILM FESTIVAL, Japan, 7th - 11th of August 2013.
http://www.kinder.co.jp/en/lineup/index.html

 

 


"Acorn Boy" by Dace Rīdūze has won award at the Albany Park ICFilmFest. Chicago, USA

 

Charming!

Short film "Acorn Boy" by Dace Rīdūze has won award as a Best film of the Albany Park ICFilmFest. Chicago, USA on July 26th 2013.!

 

And the ICFilmFest Winners Are…

 

Read feedback from children who voted for "Acorn boy":

I liked everything about Acorn Boy -- his friends, his house and the music.  

Felicia, Age 7

 

Pingu made me laugh but Acorn Boy gave me a happy feeling in my heart.  

Pablo, Age 9

 

I like how they made little little things so perfect.

Jenna, Age 6

 

I would like to be in their village.  

Jaime, Age 7

 


Hedgehogs adored by kids in North America!

 

Awesome news!

"Hedgehogs and the city" has received Audience Award for Best Kids Short at Traverse City Film Festival, USA, August 2013.

 

AUDIENCE AWARDS

 


"Hedgehogs and the city" in Sardinia!

 

Another special mention for short film "Hedgehogs and the city"! This time from "CARTA GIOVANI " jury at the Sardinia Film Festival 24th – 29th of June 2013.

""SPECIAL MENTION FOR SOCIAL ISSUE"

HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY by Evalds Lacis (Lettonia, 2013)
A fanciful way to bring into question the Western
socioeconomic model from an environmental
viewpoint, developed through the animation’s
language and through the animals'
side"

"Hedgehogs and the City" by Ēvalds Lācis have won COLOUR BOX AWARD

 
Great News! Short animation film "Hedgehogs and the City" by Evalds Lacis have won COLOUR BOX AWARD at Flatpack Festival March 21.- 30. Birmingham, UK

 Colour Box Award

 


"HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY" honored at 63.Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin !

Animation short "HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY" (Eži und Lielpilsēta) by Ēvalds Lācis and Film Studio "ANIMĀCIJAS BRIGĀDE" was honoured with two special mentions from the Generation Kplus children's jury and the Kplus international jury at the 63.Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 2013. !

 

Animation short "Hedgehogs and the city" is out now!

 
HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY
(EŽI UN LIELPILSĒTA)

Script - Ēvalds Lācis
Director - Ēvalds Lācis
Camera - Ēvalds Lācis

Animation - Māris Brinkmanis
Art - Māris Putniņš
Composer - Kārlis Auzāns
Sound editor - Anrijs Krenbergs
Producer - Māris Putniņš

10 min.

2013.


One spring morning animals wake-up from winter sleep and discovers that forest has been turned into the city. Hedgehog has a briliant idea how they all could survive in the big city. By helping people they could earn money! But what does it takes? Hedgehogs decide to get back forest and their real home...