Uldis Cekulis


Uldis Cekulis created the independent production company VFS FILMS more than twenty years ago. In 2007 he was named among seven filmmakers to receive International Trailblazer award at MIPDOC in Cannes. He has worked on almost 50 creative documentaries and author-driven prime time TV docu-series both as a producer and sometimes as a cameraman. Most of his produced films have received prestigious national and international awards, such as Shanghai IFF Golden Goblet (“Bridges of Time” by Audrius Stonys and Kristine Briede), Karlovy Vary IFF Crystal Globe (“Immortal” by Ksenia Okhapkina), two Best Documentary awards at Warsaw FF (“Wonderful Losers” by Arunas Matelis and “The Jump” by Giedre Zickyte), IDFA Special Jury prize (“Ukrainian Sheriffs” by Roman Bondarchuk), European Film Academy nomination (“Dream Land” by Laila Pakalnina) and many others. His recent Italian-Latvian coproduction “The Rossellinis” by Alessandro Rossellini have premiered at 77th Venice IFF. In 2021 his produced first feature “UPURGA” by Ugis Olte have premiered at Black Nights IFF. Uldis has co-produced documentaries with Ukrainian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Russian, German, Italian, French, Greek, Icelandic, Finnish, Norwegian and Georgian production companies. He is a member of the European Film Academy. Other activities include tutoring at documentary workshops in Europe, Caucasus and Asia.