Matīss Kaža


Matīss Kaža was born in 1995 in Stockholm, Sweden. He grew up in Riga, Latvia and got his BFA in Film & TV from Tisch School of the Arts in New York, and an MA in Audiovisual & Performing Arts from the Latvian Academy of Culture. At the age of 21, he debuted with his first documentary “One Ticket Please” (2017)  which screened in in Krakow, Tempo, Beldocs, Goteborg and other festivals around the world.

He followed with several other documentary and fiction films, including the first Latvian western “Wild East” (2020) and two experimental one-shot films “At the Movies” (2020) and “The Taste of Water” (2022), blurring the boundaries between theatre and cinema.

In addition to writing and directing, Matīss Kaža works as a producer on his own films and work by other directors, such as Annecy-winner Gints Zilbalodis upcoming work “Flow” and the debut feature “Sisters” (2022) by Linda Olte. In 2022, Matīss Kaža founded his own studio Trickster Pictures based in Riga, Latvia with the aim of producing edgy and author-driven works by upcoming filmmakers, just like his own film “Neon Spring” (2022).

Dārta Krāsone

Junior Producer

Dārta Krāsone is an aspiring young film producer and film industry professional currently based in Riga, Latvia. In 2023 she acquired a BA degree in film at the Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne University in France shortly before joining Trickster Pictures in June 2023. Dārta has a 5 year experience in the film industry where she has worked as a production coordinator, 1st and 2nd assistant to director and for three years as the creative director of RojaL Film festival in Latvia. Dārta’s represented projects have been chosen for such creative programmes as Baltic Pitching Forum, Locarno film festival’s MatchMe! for young producers as well as MEDIA’s Documentary Campus Masterschool.

Nikola Ozola

Junior Producer

Nikola Ozola (2001) is an emerging Latvian film producer with a passion for analog photography and the human-nature relationship exploration through cinema. Nikola has a BA degree in production of audiovisual and performance arts at the Latvian Academy of Culture. For the past 3 years she has been a programme coordinator at the RIGA IFF Showcase and has been a producer of multiple short films, such as the modern fairytale North Pole (2024) and anthropological comedy Darwin's Darlings (2023). Currently, Nikola is a part of the Trickster Pictures team and wishes to expand her knowledge in arthouse film distribution, sales and international co-production.