See chapter 3.5.1 about general developments in cultural and creative industries and support schemes for film industry.
As part of The Cultural Policy Guidelines 2014-2020 “Creative Latvia” there is the National Film Centre and Film Sector Strategy. Some of the contemporary art forms are part of visual art sector in Latvia (see chapter 3.4), while TV and radio are part of media policy (see chapter 2.5.3).
The Ministry of Culture develops policies in all above-mentioned fields. The National Film Centre implements the national policy in the cinema and film industry and administers the funds from the State budget intended for film industry.
In recent years, Latvian film industry has been progressively developing as well as successfully recovering from financial hardships, caused by the financial crisis in 2008 – 2009. The state funding for local industry has raised significantly from 2012 to 2018 (EUR 1,5 million in 2012; EUR 9,8 million in 2017; EUR 4,9 million in 2018). In addition, the number of films has doubled (24 in 2012 and 41 in 2017) and the number of cinema admissions has increased from 103 040 in 2012 to 194 083 in 2017.