Laila Pakalniņa

Laila Pakalniņa (Latvia)

Laila Pakalnina born 1962 in Liepaja, Latvia.1986 graduated from the Moscow University, Department of TV Journalism. 1991 graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction. Director and scriptwriter of 22 documentaries, 5 shorts, 4 fiction features. So she has 31 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 1 dog, 1 bicycle. And many ideas for new films.

Fiction Features:
Pizzas (Picas) 2012
The Hostage (Ķīlnieks) 2006
The Python (Pitons) 2003
The Shoe (Kurpe) 1998

Shorts:
2006 Silence (Klusums, short) 2009
Stones (Akmeņi, short) 2008
Fire (Uguns, short) 2007
Water (Ūdens, short) 2006
Anna’s Christmas (Annas Ziemassvētki, short) 1992

Documentaries:
Forty Two (Četrdesmit divi) 2013
Snow Crazy (Sniegs) 2012
33 Animals of Santa Claus (33 zvēri Ziemassvētki vecītim 2011
On Rubiks’ Road (Pa Rubika ceļu) 2010
Three Men and Fish Pond (Par dzimtenīti) 2008
Theodore (Teodors) 2006
Dream Land (Leiputrija) 2004
The Bus (Autobuss) 2004
It’ll Be Fine (Būs labi) 2004
Martins (Mārtiņš) 2002
Papa Gena (Papa Gena) 2001
Wake up (Mostieties) 2000
The Oak (Ozols) 1997
Ubans (Ubāns) 1995
The Mail (Pasts) 1995
The Ferry (Prāmis) 1994
The Church (Baznīca)1993
The Pilgrimage (Iešana) 1991
The Linen (Veļa)1991
The Dome (Doms) 1991
The Choice (Izvēle) 1990
And (Un) 1988

Awards:
2012 “Pizzas”- special jury prize at Rome International film festival,
Italy
2011 “33 Animals of Santa Claus” - Baltic film award for the best film at Tallinn Black Nights festival, Estonia
2011 Aster Award for high achievements in the field of film art at International film festival AsterFest, Strumica, Macedonia
2010 “On Rubiks’ road”- award for best short documentary at Doclisboa International film festival, Portugal
2010 “On Rubiks’ road” - Jury Special mention at Vilnius International Documentary Film festival, Lithuania
2009 “Silence” - Best Experimental Film award at Parvin Etesami
Film Festival, Iran
2008 “Three man and a fish pond” - 1st prize in Baltic Documentary Film Competition at Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival, Lithuania
2008 “Three man and a fish pond” - Baltic film award for the best film at Tallinn Black Nights festival, Estonia
2008 “Three man and a fish pond” - prize at International Film Festival FILMMAKER, Milan, Italy
2008 “Fire” - Prix UIP at Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad and European Film Academy nomination for best short film
2007 “Water”- prize for the best short fiction at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2007 “Theodore”- prize for the best documentary film director at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2007 “Theodore”- prize for the best short documentary film at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2007 “Theodore”- Jury Special prize at Karlovy Vary International Film festival
2006 “Theodore” - prize for the best film of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2006 “Dream Land” – prize for the best naturalistic film at International Competition of Naturalistic Film Mitti Reflessi, Italy
2005 “Dream Land” - annual prize of newspaper “Diena” for cultural input, Latvia
2005 “Dream Land” European Film Academy nomination – Best European documentary film
2005 “Dream Land” - prize at festival Cineeco 2005, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 “Dream Land” – prize for the best short documentary film at
the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2005 “Dream Land”- Jury Special mention at Ecocinema 2005, Greece
2005 “Dream Land”- Grand Prix at the International Film festival Green Vision, St. Petersburg, Russia
2005 “Dream Land” – main prize at the Ukraine International Documentary film Festival, Kiev
2004 “The Python”- Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature film at Denver International Film Festival, USA
2004 “The Bus”- prize for the best film of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2004 “The Bus” - prize for the best documentary of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2004 “The Python” - FIPRESCI prize at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2004 The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
2003 “The Python” – annual prize of newspaper “Diena” for cultural input, Latvia
2003 “The Python” – prize for the best feature film at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2003 “Martins” – Grand Prix “Krystal 2003” International film festival “Ty i ja”, Kolobzeg, Poland
2003 “Papa Gena” – prize at Media City 9 International festival of experimental film & video art, Windsor, Canada
2002 " Wake up!" - prize for the best documentary of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2001 “Papa Gena” – Prize of Cinema Jury at International Short film festival Oberhausen, Germany
1998 “The Shoe” - FIPRESCI prize at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
1996 “The Shoe” – prize for the best director at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
1996 Government Award of the Republic of Latvia
1996 “The Ferry” and “The Mail” - FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, France
1996 “The Mail” – prize for the best director at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
1996 “The Mail” – prize at Imola International Film Festival, Italy 1995 “The Ferry” – Manuel de Oliveira prize for the best documentary, Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, Portugal
1992 “The Dome”- prize at the Brussels International Video Film Festival, Belgium

Films

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