Young Media Sharks 2018

7th - 12th August, Kuldiga, Latvia


About the camp

About the summer camp



«Young Media Sharks» is an educational initiative created by an NGO «Avantis», offering an intensive and inspirational camp for new media talents. It is a unique opportunity to get to know different media industries in a short time, gain knowledge from the best experts in the fields, and participate in practical workshops using different media tools. After the camp, the young people obtain wide range of internship and job opportunities, new friends with mutual interests, both in Latvia and in the Baltics. The knowledge obtained in the camp has helped the sharks to enter Universities in Latvia and abroad, as well as understand which media field they are most interested in.

Thanks to the supporters and partners of the camp, the participation in the camp is completely free, but one needs to complete a creative task. In particular we ask to apply those youngsters that are unsure or have doubts of their abilities. The experience has shown that they are the ones with the biggest hidden talents! And also encourage your friends or acquaintances, who you see to have the knack for writing, photography, event organization, ideation, filming or just simply debating…

You can apply and complete the application task until 29th July 2018.

The camp will take place 7th – 12th August in Pelči, Kuldīga Municipality.


We are looking for those creative, energetic and ravishing young people from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, who are studying or plan to study in the near future, and have good verbal and written English communication skills. We are looking for those who are interested in media and are not apathetic to what is happening around – both near and further afield. There is no set age limit, but we are searching mainly for 15-20 year olds.

And so, we are looking for:

  • Youngsters that are always full of crazy ideas for any life situation;

  • Kind-hearted hooligans who are not afraid of public speech in classroom and school, and even wider audience;

  • New media enthusiasts – designers, programmers, commentators and social network activists;

  • New and assertive videographers and editors who film for fun and want to learn to tell their story even better;

  • Creatives who are already active in social media channels and are looking for wider audience and more listening ears for their efforts;

  • those who don’t «fit the box» .

This year participants will represent the Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia. The participation is free, and the organizers provide the accommodation in Kuldīga and 3 meals per day. Likewise, the travel from Riga to the summer school location in Kuldīga and return is provided. All participants must to provide their own way to Riga and back home.


Foreign and local gurus representing different media fields will share their experiences and help to get to know the world of media – journalism, audio, videography and photography and other related skills from a practical point of view. To acquire these skills you will group up and, under the guidance of lecturers and produce a creative project. Each day will be filled with lectures, workshops and independent group tasks during which you will have the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge useful for your future career development!


Apply by 29th July 2018. (including, i.e. 29.07.2018. at 23:59) – fill out the form found on this site, attach the creative task, motivation letter and letter of recommendation.


    1. Motivation letter – please describe why do you want to participate in the camp, what you have done so far, what you would like to learn and gain, and what you are ready to offer!

    2. Letter of recommendation – from a person who knows you and recommends you for the camp. It can be a teacher, a friend, a classmate – not necessarily a grown-up. What we want to read in the letter is what you may be too shy to say yourself – all the best things, of course. The letter should also indicate the contact details of that person.

    3. Creative task

    The creative task needs to be done in English, or if it is a video, in mother-tongue with subtitles in English. Choose one of the 3 formats and topics that you feel stronger at and attach to the application form. Please bear in mind the requirements mentioned and feel free to get in touch if something is unclear! We understand that to complete the creative task, you might need some extra help, therefore if you work in a team, please indicate your own and helper’s role.

    1) An idea for TV series for 14-17 year old youth audience

    Description of the idea (why such series would be necessary; aim that would be achieved; the format of the series; script outline of 1 series) presented on up to 1 A4 page or 7 powerpoint slides that also include the visuals.

    2) An idea for audio series for 14-17 year old youth audience

    Description of the idea (why such series would be necessary; aim that would be achieved; the format of the series; script outline of 1 series) presented on up to 1 A4 page or 7 powerpoint slides that also include some audio clips.

    3) Video, audio photo or journalistic report «Interesting people around me»

    A representation of an event, occurrence, a personality, a spectacle in a video, audio, photo or written format. Video and audio can be up to 5 mins long.

    Don’t be afraid of the humor. Be afraid to be too “proper” and predictable! In this creative task, go beyond yourself!


The jury will get together and identify the best submissions based on the following criteria:

  • the way the application task has been completed: accuracy (completed to the extent and format as requested), creativity, actuality and originality of the topic;

  • ability to express clearly, lyrical and convincingly;

  • the content of the motivation and recommendation letter;

  • compliance with the camp’s target audience;

  • activity within the media field so far.

Selected candidates might be asked, in addition, to have an interview in person or through Skype.



Kris Mathur

Kris Mathur

executive producer (USA)

master producer of advertising and video clips.  Executive Producer at Backyard Productions, Marina del Rey, California, USA. American with half Latvian and half East Indian blood. New citizen of Latvia.

Rūdolfs Budze (DJ Rudd)

Rūdolfs Budze (DJ Rudd)

audio producer (Latvia)

DJ and producer whos has helped many Latvian bands such as Astro’n’Out, Triana Park, Bandmaster un even Dons. As an chief of jouree committee of Eurovision song contest program Supernova likes to give praises and critique.  Also works as head of music programming at radio

Madara Dišlere

Madara Dišlere

director (Latvia)

director whose full-length movie “Paradise-89” had the opening just at the beginning of 2018. As an assistant director has worked with films “Chronicle of Melania”, “Guards of Riga”, “I’m here”. Been familiar with Latvian cinema since playing little Ida in Latvian classic “Emila Nedarbi”.

Raimonds Platacis

Raimonds Platacis

creative visioner

Antti Hirvonen

Antti Hirvonen

head of youth media, YLE (Finland)

the head of youth media for the Finnish broadcasting company Yle. Couple of years with his team created concept and brand called Yle Kioski that is the social media video service for young audiences. At the moment Yle Kioski is well-known brand and is used as a benchmark how to create new and modern media products for the next generation.

Ieva Alberte

Ieva Alberte

rakstošā žurnāliste (Latvija)

journalist of weekly mgazine “IR” whose features can bring readers to tears. In her publications she doesn’t hesitate to touch difficult and sensitive social issues at the same time finding interesting people around us that does not get attention from press. Has been awarded Latvian Journalist Association prize and for her piece “You’ve got beautiful kidneys” been nominated for European Union Health journalism prize.

Niklāvs Matusevičs

Niklāvs Matusevičs

couch (Latvija)

couch of different group activities. Does anthropology, psychology and search formula of happy life. In his spare time studies at The Stockholm School of Economics.

Justīne Savitska

Justīne Savitska

audio journalist (Latvia)

multimedia content producer at News Department of Latvian Public Radio. Produced audio magazine “Domnica” for youth radio Won Latvian Journalist asociacion award in 2018 for her emotional and dokumental “Father Project”.

Dainis Īvāns

Dainis Īvāns

journalist and politician (Latvia)

a man without whom Awakening movement in Latvia at the end of 1980s could not be imaginable. Has led People’s Front from 1988  to 1990 wich united more than 100 000 members and which played crucial role in re-gaining independence.

Lote Lārmane

Lote Lārmane

multimedia journalist, Re:Baltica (Latvia)

began her work at The Baltic Investigative Journalism Center Re:Baltica while studying at University. For almost two years she works with data, shoots videos, edit, make visualisations and infographics, oversees social media and web and helps to “sell” content that is not considered sexy.

Aigars Ceplitis

Aigars Ceplitis

Creative Director of Audiovisual Media Arts Program at RISEBA University

tutor in Advanced Film Editing Techniques and Film Narratology.  Doctor of Arts candidate at the New Media MPLab, Liepaja University, investigating novel storytelling techniques for 360 3D Spherical Cinema.  M.F.A. in Film from California Institute of the Arts and B.A. in Art History from Lawrence University. Artistic director of RISEBA Repertory Theater that brings the latest American, British, and Canadian dramatic works to the Latvian audience.

Toms Grēviņš

Toms Grēviņš

radio host and DJ (Latvia)

editor in Chief of youth radio station where he hosts morning show “Pieci Riti”. He has 15 years of experience in radio and has hosted many shows in Radio SWH and Radio 101. As a DJ he has performed in main music festivals in Latvia. Has brought up Latvian version of charity show “Serious Request” and has been awarded European citizen award.

Gatis Šļūka

Gatis Šļūka

cartoonist (Latvia)

draws cartoons from 1993 and most of them has been published in newspaper “Latvijas Avize” and in his own website The best of his work has been published in three books. On a regular basis does exhibitions in Latvia and abroad.

Dāvis Doršs

Dāvis Doršs

videographer (Latvija)

has gained 7 years of experience as a cameraman, director’s assistant, graphic designer and editor in projects such as “Cult Food”, “TE!” and “Nortside” that involve traveling around 40 different countries. Redesigned brand of Valmiera’s basketball team and has been a lecturer at vidzeme School of Applied Sciences. Piedalījies Valmieras basketbola kluba pārzīmološanā un vadījis lekcijas Vidzemes augstskolā.


Ilona Bicevska

Ilona Bicevska

founder and creative director

more than 15 years of experience in the NGO sector organizing exciting events for young people. Known for projects: ZZ Championship, documentary films “Found in America” and “15by15”, Grīziņkalna skatepark.

Kārlis Dagilis

Kārlis Dagilis

founder of radio

founder of youth media with more than 15 years of previous experience in radio journalism in Latvian Radio and Radio 101. Awarded Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship to study at The University of Maryland and do professional affiliation at the Washington Post.

Laura Lauziniece

Laura Lauziniece

PR & producer

begun career as a journalist in magazine “Veto”. Has produced “Kinoteka” at Latvian Public TV and worked as editor in chief in youth magazine “Sirups”, creative editor in “Cosmopolitan” and managing PR for band “Triana Park” and many movies and short movies.

Dace Zariņa

Dace Zariņa

Camp coordinator

More than 10 years of experinece in field of NGO’s. As an English language teacher participated in the program “Possible Missiom”. Director of museum of Imants Ziedonis.


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    Field of interest (can check several)

    FilmingVideo editingBroadcast programme managementDirectingProductionGeneration of ideasSocial mediaProgrammingEvent managementPhotographyJournalismOther

    Application task

    To participate in the camp, you need to complete a creative task,as well as submit a motivation letter and letter of recommendation (more in the section ABOUT).

    The task must be completed in English, or if it is a video, in mother tongue with English subtitles, or else the submission will not be accepted. Attach your creative task to the form below.

    If it is an audiovisual work (e.g. video), please add a link in your document.

    Creative task (only .doc .dox .pdf, max 5MB)
    Motivation letter (only .doc .dox .pdf, max 1MB)
    Letter of recommendation (only .doc .dox .pdf, max 1MB)

    I confirm, that I will be able to participate 7th - 12th August 2017*


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