* The traditional instrument of the Baltic peoples, the kokle, is a divine tool for producing sounds, which is played in solitude to establish a connection with the universe and uplift the soul.
FILMS IN PRODUCTION
The story of the film is based on the travel journals and themes from the biography of the physician, bibliophile and collector Nikolaus von Himsel (1729-1764). After Himsel’s death, his collection was bequeathed to the city of Riga, becoming, in 1773, the basis for the first public museum in the Baltics.
An imaginative story arranged in cyclical acts about a worldview that is bent out of shape by solitude. Not knowing how to fit into society, a young woman secludes herself and finds refuge in dreamy solitude, until she encounters true human warmth and her former security turns into imprisonment, urging her to re-evaluate personal boundaries..
What we do
At our animation film studio, we don’t just create films – we craft experiences that inspire and delight audiences of all ages. With traditional 2D technology and a passion for storytelling, our team brings characters to life in ways you never thought possible. Trust us to make your imagination a reality on the big screen.
This is the art of bringing stories to life. It is where imagination meets reality, and words have the power to create worlds. Whether for feature or short films, a great script grabs the audience’s attention and transports them to another place and time.
It is where ideas become flesh and blood, and personalities take shape. With careful attention to detail and a keen eye for nuance, a great character designer can create people who are as real as those we know in the world around us. From the tiniest quirks to the most profound emotions, character visualization captures the essence of what makes us human.
It is where imagination meets technology, and art comes to life. With skilled craftsmanship and boundless creativity, animators create worlds that are as fantastic as they are captivating. Every movement and expression is carefully crafted to tell stories that inspire and amaze. And with every frame, animation creation brings magic to the screen, transporting audiences to new heights of wonder.
ABOUT US / THE TEAM
The animated film studio Studija Kokles* was established in 2019 with the aim of creating films that inspire their creators and viewers to rise above the everyday and discover the world’s diversity and cultural-historical heritage.
The studio has produced two short films by artist-director Kārlis Vītols (both as part of his personal exhibitions): the animated short The End (2019) and the short film The Journey to America (2020).
The studio is currently working on the production of Kārlis Vītols’ debut animated feature film, The Northern Star, and the development of artist-director Ella Mežule’s debut animated short, The Nature of Tide.
The studio also gladly undertakes various projects requiring animation skills.
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Sniedze Kāle, head of the studio and chief producer, also an art historian and the curator of more than twenty exhibitions, has set herself the mission of giving a platform to artistic talent and enriching the content available to viewers.
Kārlis Vītols, director, scriptwriter and animator, has created thirteen short films which have received awards in Latvia and abroad and have been shown in several prestigious festivals (including Annecy, Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand, Zagreb). Kārlis has also held thirteen personal exhibitions and is occasionally active in the art scene. Kārlis is interested in the mythologies of various nations and transcendental themes such as procreation, death, religion and philosophy.
Inga Prauliņa oversees the animation of The Northern Star and shares her rich experience in troubleshooting complex problems in the animation field. She is an experienced animation director, animator, producer and lecturer in classical animation at the Art Academy of Latvia.
Līga Gaisa, executive producer and script consultant for The Northern Star, has been with the studio from its establishment. Since 2009, she has worked in the film industry as a producer, documentary film director and, in recent years, as a scriptwriter.