Riga's Lilac

In Riga’s public transport you can call the police, if someone smells bad and disturbs your ride. But would you call? 

Lizete, an amateur interviewer, tries to figure out  - do we have the right to stink.

Release Year : 2019

Duration : 14mn

Director : Lizete Upīte


  • Lielais Kristaps Award for the Best Latvian National Short Film 2019

Scenario and dialogs : Lizete Upīte

Translations : Sarah Van Den Boom, Laura Kampenusa, Titouan Bordeau

Art Director : Lizete Upīte

Voices : Ieva Segliņa, Gatis Gāga, Liena Šmukste, Edgars Samītis, Jana Čivžele, Ģirts Krūmiņš, Baiba Broka, Guna Zariņa, Toms Veličko, Juris Strenga

Voice recording : Ģirts Bišs

Animation : Louise Cailliez, Lizete Upīte

Animation Assistants : Kristīne Zvirbule, Jānis Upītis

Coulour Assistant : Kristīna Šmite

Compositing : Izù Troin

Editing : Lizete Upīte

Sound Design : Loïc Burkhardt

Foley : Daniel Gries

Foley Recording : Matthieu Langlet

Riga Outdoor Recording : Ģirts Bišs

Mix : Loïc Burkhardt, Matthieu Langlet

Producers : Richard Van Den Boom (Papy3D Productions), Sabine Andersone (Atom Art)

Production Assistant Papy3D : Alice Mallaroni

Production Assistant Atom Art : Signe Ābola

Studio animation 2D : Ciclic Animation

Foley recording studio : Cinephase

Sound mix studio : Creative Sound

Supported by : the CNC, Ciclic, la Procirep et l'Angoa, Nacionālais kino centrs, Valsts kulturkapitāla fonds

Lizete Upīte

Born in 1987, Lizete Upīte is an animation film director from Latvia.
Lizete begun her studies in audiovisual media in Baltic Film and Media school, Estonia, but after Erasmus exchange studies in Portugal, changed her major to animation. In 2013, after finishing school of directing animation La Poudrière in France, she's been working on several animation projects as well as directed her two animation short films “Night Walks” (2018, produced by Atom Art (Latvia)) and “Riga’s Lilac” (2019, coproduced by Papy3D (France) and Atom Art (Latvia)).

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Festivals and screenings

  • Nominated for Latvian National Film Awards 2019
  • Angoulême International Short Film Festival 2020 - Competition
  • Barcelone Mecal 2020 - Competition
  • Berkeley GLAS 2019 - Showcase
  • Dresden Filmfest 2020 - Showcase
  • Gyor Mediawave "On the Road" 2020 - Competition
  • Klaipeda BLON Animation & Games Festival 2020 - Competition
  • Meknes FICAM 2020 - Competition
  • Phnom Penh Cambodia International Film Festival 2020 - Competition
  • Rennes National Animation Film Festival 2020 - Showcase
  • Riga 2annas International Short Film Festival 2020 - Competition
  • Ulaanbaatar Golden Ger International Film Festival 2020 - Competition
  • Alcalá de Henares Festival de Cine Alcine 2019 - Showcase
  • Baden Fantoche 2019 - Competition
  • Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2019 - Competition
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival 2019 - Competition
  • Ljubljana Animateka 2019 - Competition
  • Luxembourg CinEast 2019 - Competition
  • Recife Animage 2019 - Competition
  • Riga International Film Festival 2019 - Competition

Broadcasts and theatrical screenings