RUSSIA ON THE AMERICAN FILM MARKET (AFM) The 39th American Film Market, one of the major film industry events of the year, is taking place in Los Angeles, CA, from October 31 to November 7. With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, ROSKINO stands as an official partner of the film market for the 8th consecutive year.This year, over 400 distribution, production and sales companies have opened their booths at the film market in Santa Monica, seeking to meet buyers from over 80 countries. As a part of the AFM, Location EXPO will see around 100 film commissions and state agencies from all over the world to present their products and services to foreign production companies. The Moscow Film Commission, for the second time in two years, participates in the biggest film market in North America, occupying a separate booth –LocationEXPO, 5Е (Loews, Atrium).The Moscow Film Commission has been officially established at the direction of the Government of Moscow in February of 2018. The Government of Moscow assists in managing administrative arrangements and organising film and TV shoots in the city. During the year, the Moscow Film Commission has been successfully introduced to the attendees of the European Film Market at Berlinale, location show Focus in London, Hong Kong International Film and TV Market, MipTV in Cannes and Marche du Film within the Cannes Film Festival.The primary goals of the Moscow Film Commission include supporting Russian and international TV and film crews, willing to shoot their projects in Moscow, assisting in organizational and administrative arrangements, consulting on location choice, obtaining shooting permits and access to restricted facilities. In order to promote the city and its diverse filming locations, ROSKINO initiated the production of multimedia project Moscow in Motion that will be presented at this year's AFM. Moscow in Motion includes a photo project with 450 shots of Moscow, taken in four different seasons by the acclaimed photographer Anton Lange, a location guide for producers, the live action short film called Moscow in Motion, and the Film Moscow AR smartphone app.Katya Mtsitouridze, the CEO of ROSKINO:Over 7000 industry experts visit Santa Monica every year for a busy week of hard work. The AFM is rightly considered as one of the mandatory events for film industry. It's the second consecutive year that we present the Moscow Film Commission here. And it's the 8th year that we set up a booth, unifying Russian filmmakers. During these years, the sales have rocketed, and we have established Russian national film industry as one of the world's leading and fast-growing ones. There have been a good few changes for the Commission since last year. First, it had been officially established. Second, this has been a busy year for us – the ROSKINO team held over 240 meetings with companies from over 60 countries. It resulted into over 130 requests for cooperation with the Moscow Film Commission – both from independent producers of content and leading players of international entertainment industry. Third, in order to promote the Commission, ROSKINO created the multimedia project Moscow in Motion, which will be presented here, at the AFM, for the first time in North America. The experience of working on the project gave us a good understanding of pros and cons of organising a film shoot in our city. There's still room for improvement. Both photo project Moscow in Motion, created by our very own acclaimed photographer Anton Lange, and the short film Moscow in Motion have been praised by the industry experts. We're hoping that, yet again, this year's Santa Monica event turns productive for us, and attracts a substantial amount of potential partners.The special even «Production without borders», organised by PR agency Cloud 21 and Kultura PR in partnership with ROSKINO, will take place on November 5 as part of the American Film Market. The following industry experts will participate in the panel discussion: the founder of the International Film Trust Michael Benaroya, the CEO of ROSKINO Katya Mtsitouridze, the founder and CEO of Nantouselta Entertaiment Shari O’Donnell, the founder and head of Metan Global Larry Namer, the head of Double 4 Studios Andrei Zinca. The panel will be moderated by the award-winning British film director Kate Rees Davies. Participants will talk international collaboration in TV and film industry; discuss key issues and future prospects of co-production. The Moscow Film Commission will then be presented at the panel.Russian film companies are all united at the booth ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide. The booth, placed in Loews Santa Monica Hotel, showcases the updated catalogue of the International Travelling Film Market DOORS that includes over 40 Russian projects of various genres made in 2016-2018. All Media, Ricky Group, Russian World Vision, Mirsand, Parovoz, RFG Distribution, Film Collection and other production and distribution companies have been showcased in the booth.All Media is to present the war drama Saving Leningrad by Aleksey Kozlov, based on a true story of a barge wreck on Ladoga Lake during the Siege of Leningrad. They also present the historical action film The Conquest of Siberia by Igor Zaitsev and the comedy Super Family: Better Than Avengers by Dmitry Dyachenko.Jane Shakhshaeva, head of international department of All Media:«We're presenting three full-length features at the American Film Market. The Conquest of Siberia could be interesting to the wide audiences in any country, thanks to its fast pace, impressive battle scenes, accurately reconstructed historical setting, and, of course, romantic storyline. War film Saving Leningrad is coming out in 2019. It's a historical actioner that could draw the audiences by the scale of the setting. It's that kind of story that the audience immerses into, and forgets to breathe till the closing credits start rolling. Super Family: Better Than Avengers is a sequel to the popular comedy that gives a new twist to the story of the family with superpowers».Riki Group has brought in their full-length animated features, such as My Toy Panda by Denis Chernov, My Friend Finnick by Denis Chernov and Super Tina by Andrei Bakhurin.Diana Yurinova, the International business development and distribution at Riki Group:This year at the AFM we're presenting three animated features – My Toy Panda, My Friend Finnick and Super Tina. This is a huge new step in the development of our company, as we're presenting original projects, not in any way connected to the Kikoriki franchise. My Toy Panda is an adventure comedy for the family audiences, which is now in production, and will be finished by fall of 2019. At the market, we are planning to find international partners for theatrical distribution throughout the world. My Friend Finnick and Super Tina are currently in development, and we are looking for a co-production deal with an international company. The AFM is a very important market for us, as this is an event normally attended by the key players of the industry and trend-setters in film and animation.At the AFM, Russian World Vision is making its debut in Santa Monica, presenting following projects to the international buyers: the family fantasy The House Elf by Evgeniy Bedarev, and two horrors in development – The Forest by Evgeniy Puzirevskiy and The Locked Door by Arseniy Syukhin.Furthermore, the company's new projects include the comedy Seven Dinners by Kirill Pletnyov, the project with the working title The Big Deal by Mikhail Raskhodnikov, the comedy Follow Your Dream by Antonina Ruzhe. There will also be the presentation of Spitak by Aleksandr Kott, a drama about the devastating earthquake in Armenia. On top of that, RWV will continue to put effort into international sales of Tankers by Konstantin Maksimov, Break by Tigran Saakyan, Temporary Difficulties by Mikhail Raskhodnikov, The First by Dmitriy Suvorov, All or Nothing by Dmitriy Suvorov and a number of other projects.The distribution company Mirsand Ltd will introduce the new film by Tumur Bekmamnetov to international buyers. The thriller Profile won the Panorama Audience Award at this year's Berlinale.Valeria Dobrolyubova, the head of distribution of Mirsand:The award-winning film Profile has already been in great demand with our clients. It's based on a true story and shot in the new alternative visual genre Screenlife, which makes the project stand out.At the AFM 2018, Parovoz Animation Studio is presenting the musical educational 6-minute animated short Boo the Cat and the Good Boy by Roman Vereshchak. The project has become a finalist of the Best Animated Film Competition at the international animation film marker SPP in Korea. The presentation of the family adventure Koshchey. The True Story by Andrei Kolpin is also in the plans. It's planned to be released in 2020.Film Collection is to present the thriller Pain Threshold by Andrei Simonov. It's a story of four Moscow youngsters – two guys with their girlfriends – that head to the mountainous area of Altai for an adventure holiday, planning on rafting down the river. They're facing personal problems, triggered by the remote wilderness and the fact of them being in the middle of nowhere. They're asking for help from a group of kayakers they've met on their way. Soon it turns out that the new acquaintances are covert criminals, and the protagonists end up as their hostages.Albert Ryabyshev, producer:Our film tells the story about people's ability to create situations for themselves where only a miracle can help them. The characters are desperately fighting for their life with the backdrop of the Altai Mountains, but their chances to get rescued are awfully slim.RFG Distribution is also to present the following projects at the AFM:Never Say Goodbye by Pavel Drozdov, Witnesses by Konstantin Fam, Escape to Greece by Stas Ivanov, The Last Trial by Alexey Petrukhin, The Lost Reflection by Elena Zhigaeva.Marina Mnatsakanyan, the Head of Sales Department of RFG Distribution:«Our company will present a number of new films to international buyers. One of the major goals for us is to produce and promote new, quality Russian projects for the international markets. RFG Distribution is currently one of the most rapidly developing companies at the Russian film production market. We have a solid team, big plans and we're positive we'll get to fulfil them».
RUSSIA AT GLOBAL ENTERNTAINMENT MARKET MIPCOM IN CANNES 2018 From October 15 to October 18, 2018 Cannes (France) will host MIPCOM, one of the largest international markets of audiovisual content. Prior to the event, onOctober 13 and 14,MIPJunior, the annual international market of television programmes and cartoons for children, is planned to take place.Last year MIPCOM was attended by about 14,000 people from more than 110 countries, and this year, an even greater number of participants is expected. The organizers of the market in Cannes listed the following key aspects of the program for this year: Production Funding Forum, award ceremony for TV broadcasters, as well as world premiere screenings.The country in focus is China, and the main topic is women in the industry.Issa Rae, a U.S. creator, producer and star of HBO’s hit show “Insecure,” has been named MIPCOM 2018 Personality of the Year. She gained her fame through her own Youtube channel where she broadcasts her web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black GirlOn October 14, prior to the official inauguration of the audiovisual content market MIPCOM 2018, the world premiere of the Russian project Trigger is planned (directed by Dmitry Tyurin, produced by Sreda Production Company). In Russia, the 16-episode drama is scheduled for screening on Channel One.It is a story about Artem, a young psychologist from Moscow who practices provocative therapy in his work with patients who suffer from the deepest, darkest fears. But one day one of his clients commits suicide, and Artem is sentenced to prison for having provoked it. Artem decides to prove his innocence by revealing who is really responsible for the death of his patient...On October 14, Cannes will also host the award ceremony for the winners of Drama Innovation Content. NTV's TV series based on The Road to Calvary by Alexey Tolstoy, directed by Konstantin Khudyakov, is on the shortlist for Best Debut Drama Series. Russian cinema companies will be presented in Cannes at the ROSKINORUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE joint stand, organized by ROSKINO supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. More than 30 Russian companies are going to present their projects to buyers from all over the world: All Media, Mirsand, Mars Media, Izum, X-MEDIA DIGITAL, IGMAR, Riki Group and others. In the framework of MIPCOM, the booth will present more than 45 Russian movies and TV series, as well as an updated catalogue of the First International Travelling Film Market DOORS – Digital October Official ROSKINO Screenings, which included Russian projects of 20162018.Ekaterina Mtsituridze, CEO of ROSKINO:"Over the past few years, global television market has been experiencing a period of real Renaissance, that's why MIPCOM, which opens the season of autumn premieres, of course, has a special meaning for professionals. The ROSKINO – RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE booth presents many of the best Russian content producers, with higest quality TV shows and movies of different genres. We also spread information about all Russian companies that have their separate booths in Cannes this year. It is important that Russia's representation is so powerful and important this time. We're in for a few days of non-stop meetings and negotiations. I wish all my colleagues a successful market!"All MEDIA presents a voluminous, full-bodied directory of TV series by Yellow, Black and White at MIPCOM. One of its flagships is Better than us directed by Andrey Dzhunkovsky, a 2017 MIP Drama Screenings participant. The company will also present The Conquest of Siberia, a historical action series about the development of Siberia directed by Igor Zaitsev, Gold diggers, a new erotic thriller TV series directed by Konstantin Bogomolov, which is under production at the moment, and Bar «Talk It Up», an online series directed by Irina Vilkova.Zhanna Shakhshaeva, Head of the international Department at All Media:«We display several key projects at MIPCOM. This is the highly anticipated series Better than us, first shown to foreign buyers in the spring of 2017, when the project was at an early stage of production and was selected with a 15 minute fragment for the final of the international pitching MIPDrama at MIPTV. We are also presenting The Conquest of Siberia, an 8-episode historical epic that combines fiction with the reality and environment of Peter I's reign.We will have something to surprise buyers, for there will also be two brand new vivid and unusual projects. Those are Gold diggers, a thriller by Konstantin Bogomolov that is currently being shot, and a brand new format: Bar «Talk It Up», an online series awarded for the best idea at Realist Web Fest. We are sure that international professionals will appreciate it, for online series go way back in the world industry and are quite popular among the viewers, so stories that are able to attract the audience in just a few minutes can't stay unnoticed.»Mars Media will present one of the most expensive projects of Channel One, Catherine The Great, a historic series directed by Igor Zaytsev devoted to the fate of the German Princess Sophia Augusta Frederica of Anhalt-Zerbst, who became the Russian Empress.The psychological thriller The Fiery Angel directed by Darya Semyonova tells us the story of a girl who lost her memory after an accident, and now is trying to reveal the truth about her past and to find out if her husband has been distorting it. The Perfect Ones, a drama TV series premieredon the eve of the film market, wasdirected by Kirill Pletnev. It is a story about two girls who used to be in love with the same man. After his death, they get mysterious messages that only he could’ve possibly sent them. They embark on a journey together, hoping to find him alive at the destination point.Mars Media will also present a series of new crime series: Sketch Of Murder directed by Stanislav Nazirov, Oleg Storm, Yuri Popovich,a TV series based on detective novels by Anna Malysheva; TV series The Second Sight directed by Kirill Belevich, telling us about a homicide investigator, who lost sight and opened the seventh sense, helping him to masterfully investigate complicated crimes; The Northern Lights, a mystery directed by Darya Semenova, and the detective drama The Secrets of N-Town directed by Nikolay Khomeriki.Riki Group is presenting its updated catalog with ten projects of animated TV series in various stages of production:Tim & Tom directed by Elena Chernova and Andrey Bachurin, Dragon Tosha directed by Marina Moshkova, Beardy Bodo directed by Vladimir Sakhnovsky, Question Club directed by Evgenia Golubeva, Liry&Taya directed by Elena Chernova,Sky Workshop directed by Victor Glukhishin), Chameleons, Amazing Spoils directed by Leonid Shmelkov and Alexandra McGuinness, Above the Ceiling directed by Svetlana Mardagolimova and Fanny and Plume.Diana Yurinova, Deputy CEO for International Development at Riki Group:This year, Riki Group will present an updated catalogue featuring ten projects of animated TV series in various stages of production.The catalog includes both ready-made series such as Tina & Tony, Tommy the Little Dragon, and ready for production projects planned to launch in 2019, such as Beardy Bodo and Question Club, as well as new series under development: Liry & Taya, Weatherville, Snow Academy, The Amazing Spoilers, Above the Ceiling, Forest Keepers.We have a lot of news to break at MIPCOM.We will announce the launch of a joint development with the U.S. Studio The Tremblay Brothers Comedy of a musical animated series The Kameleons, focused on 6 to 11-year-olds.During the presentation of new projects of СCTV Animation, the Chinese state channel for children, a premiere of the Russian-Chinese animated series Jumper and Panda, co-produced between Riki Group and CCTV Animation, will be shown.This September, we announced a deal with the French company APC Kids for the launch of joint production of the international version of Ricky the Dinosaur, animated series for preschoolers.APC Kids will be the one to present it in Cannes.This year's market promises to be very rich, we hope that our projects will appeal to the international entertainment industry.X-Media Digital is planning to show animation projects of its own production: The Little Princess directed by Natalia Titarenko, Magic Pic directed by Stanislav Metelsky, Lisa’s Dresses directed by Dmitry Gorbunov, Amazing Construction (Artur Merkulov), Cars, Cars (Artur Merkulov) and Otto's walk directed by Artur Merkulov.Natalia Voevodina, Key Account Manager atX-Media Digital:At the upcoming MIPCOM and MIP Junior film markets, our company will present several animated series of our own production, which have already been successfully presented on Russian TV channels and online platforms.The main objective of the participation in film markets is to attract the attention of distributors and buyers of foreign TV channels and digital platforms to Russian animated content for children, in order to establish long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation.IGMAR will present its comedy of the 90s for foreign buyers at MIPCOM: My Seawoman directed by Anatoly Aramyan and Encore, Once More Encore! directed by Peter Todorovski, melodramas of the 2000s The Envy of Gods directed by Vladimir Menshov and One Life to Live directed by Vitaliy Moskalenko, as well as Beyond the Wind, a new historicalbiographical mini-series which is currently under production, directed by Leonid Plyaskin.Margarita Korneva, CEO ofIGMAR Production Company:In 2019, we're planning to complete the production of the series Beyond the Wind, sothe negotiations will focused on the premiere of this project.MIP markets are positioned primarily as television content sales platforms. And it is important to understand that the work in this aspect is not limited to the sales of premiere projects. The interest of TV channels does not focus on recent years: many "library"namesare quite popular today. Such as My Seawoman, The Envy of Gods, One Life to Live and Encore, Once More Encore, and many other movies."Izym will present its documentaries at MIPCOM: New Circus Shows from Zapashny Brothers directed by Askold Zapashny and Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova. One Last Pray directed by Yuliya Ermolina. As well as the series Mission Satan directed by Yuriy Moroz, premiered on Channel One in early October.This year is the debut of 100 Kilowatts Animation Studio at the international market: they will be presenting their TV series Eager Beaver directed by Alexey Lukyanchikov and Homies directed by Victor Azeev.Elena Malenkina, Chief Producer of 100 Kilowatts Studio:"High-quality animated content is in demand on the international market. We are pleased to offer distributors the projects that have already proven themselves in Russia and are loved by our audience. I would also like to note that in Cannes we present Little Houses not only as content:the format of the project is also available for international partners."New Film will be presenting Convoy 48 directed by Fedor Popov, based on the true events of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), with real participants of the defense of Leningrad as prototypes for the protagonists. They are also planning to present the sports drama Beyond The Summit, directed by Yana Polyarush, Tamara Tsotsoria, and Konstantin Kutuev. The plot was based the story of Alexey Moshin, two-time Paralympic champion. The company will also present two movies from Yuri Grymov's project The New classics: Anna Karenina. The Intimate Diary directed by Yury Grymov and Three Sisters directed by Yury Grymov. It is an unusual interpretation of the dramatic works of Russian classic literature.
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