Matīss Kaža (1995) is a writer, director and producer who 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 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 the Warsaw FF winner, debut feature “Sisters” (2022) by Linda Olte. In 2022, Matīss directed "Neon Spring" (2022) which was screened in Edinburgh, IFFI Goa and multiple other festivals around the world.