• The Secret of Room 216 (“216. istabas noslēpums”, dir. Šarls Taics, Osvalds Dinvietis, Elmārs Riekstiņš, 1963)
  • Ness and Nessy („Ness un Nesija”, dir. Roze Stiebra and Ansis Bērziņš, 1991)
  • My Paradise („Mana paradīze”, dir. Arnolds Burovs, 1989)
  • Lotte from Gadgetville (“Lote no Izgudrotāju ciema”, dir. Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits, 2006)

Animation in Latvia was first connected to a film-amateur group that produced satirical stories about human escapades. The first film – The Secret of Room 216 (“216. istabas noslēpums”, dir. Šarls Taics, Osvalds Dinvietis, Elmārs Riekstiņš, 1963), was made using the appliqué technique, but the first drawn film – The Problem (“Problēma”), was made in 1966.

  Ideas for creating a professional animation industry were periodically actualized in the 1950s when there was enough technology in place, and when with the advent of television there was also opportunity to broadcast the short, labour-intensive animation films. Young Latvian cinematographers, directors and artists were all studying at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), and while no one was specializing in animation, known as multiplication at the time, it took artists of a certain daring to even begin creating films in this style. That one daring artist was Arnolds Burovs. A recognized director and puppet theatre artist, he took a risk and moved over to the Riga Film Studio with some like-minded colleagues to attempt to create Latvian puppet animation from zero.

  Soon after, another animation team - puppet theatre actress Roze Stiebra and documentary film director Ansis Bērziņš - began their approach to animation under Latvian Television’s Telefilma-Rīga banner.

  In 1987 the drawn animation artists moved from the television to the film studio. In 1991, when Latvia regained independence, the film industry gained the freedom to act independently, and the Dauka Animated Film Studio was founded, combining both puppet and drawn animation for several years.

  In 1993 the puppet animation studio Animation Brigade (“Animācijas Brigāde”) was established by director Jānis Cimermanis and artist/producer Māris Putniņš, who were then joined by young talent: Nils Skapāns, Dace Rīdūze, Ēvalds Lācis and Māris Brinkmanis. Dauka Studio continues the drawn animation tradition, and has also uncovered new talent such as Signe Baumane, Edmunds Jansons, and Māra Liniņa.

  In 1995, the film studio Rija was established, bringing a fresh approach to Latvian animation - including potential for international film distribution, workforce organization in a classic studio format, and workspace availability for international artists.