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The Russian Stand's Results at the 67th Berlinale and EFM The 67th edition of the Berlin International Festival wrapped up on February 19th, 2017, concurrently with the European Film Market (EFM), where ROSKINO, with the generous support from the Russian Ministry of Culture, OJSC Aeroflot–Russian Airlines, and Moscow City Hall, for the sixth time in a row presented Russian films at the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand. The guests of Berlinale and EFM were introduced to the Moscow Film Committee, a major joint venture courtesy of ROSKINO and the Moscow Department of Culture. The Committee's principal task is to support both Russian and international film and TV production companies interested in location shooting in Moscow; to provide assistance with organizational and administrative issues and consulting services to industry professionals; and to ensure PR-support for the final product. In order to promote the project and raise awareness about the Committee, the ROSKINO stand made use of a new, modern design. Thanks to the creative efforts by the ROSKINO designers and the "Seance" magazine, the office doors and walls of all the Russian companies presented at the stand were decorated with stylized shots of Moscow's most popular tourist spots and cultural landmarks. The attendees were especially impressed with an aerial panorama of the winter Kremlin. Every day, hundreds of people including producers, distributors, and directors, not only familiarized themselves with the Committee's work, but also took pictures against the background of Moscow's most memorable sights: the Bolshoi Theater, the Luzhniki Stadium, the Peoples Friendship Fountain, the City Towers, and other beautiful urban locales.ROSKINO would like to thank Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of OJSC Aeroflot–Russian Airlines, who is also Nikon's official representative in Russia, for the images from his personal archive that were used in the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide key art, the Committee's pamphlets, and the Russian Stand's design at EFM. Berlinale's numerous sidebars featured over 10 Russian projects. Rezo Gigineishvili's "Hostages" (RussiaGeorgiaPoland) premiered to great fanfare in Panorama Special. Rezo Gigineishvili, director, producer, screenwriter:"It's my first international festival, and I'm happy to be here at Berlinale. It's not so much a chance to stroke my own ego as an opportunity to show the film to a great number of industry professionals and audiences from around the globe. My biggest reward was the fact that all five screenings were sold out, and the movie went over really well with the audiences, who asked a lot of questions and shared their impressions afterwards. The opening night was very emotional. An auditorium that seats 950 people was packed. A lot of friends of ours came from Georgia and Moscow. At the end, we stood on the stage of the oldest festival palace, Zoo Palast, excited beyond belief, because for each one of us the story the movie tells is a personal one, and it was then that we realized it had become a personal one for everyone in the audience." Panorama Special also hosted the international premiere of Bojan Vuletic's "Requiem for Mrs. J" (SerbiaRussiaMacedoniaBulgariaFrance), a film favorably received by the festival press. Alexander Rodnyansky's "Non-Stop Production" participated in this coproduction from the Russian side. Alexander Rodnyansky, producer:«This year, we presented two projects at Berlinale. The first one was Andrey Zvyagintsev's new movie, "Loveless." Our international distributor, Wild Bunch, continued active presales for foreign territories (they had already started presales at the preproduction stage, in May 2016 at Cannes). Even though we haven't yet shown any actual footage from the movie, the level of anticipation is very high. In Berlin we closed deals with companies from Great Britain, Spain, Denmark, and Finland, which completed the European segment, and now all we have to do is close several deals in Asia and Latin America. I think we'll be done with presales in May at Cannes.Besides, Serbian director Bojan Vuletic opened his "Requiem for Mrs. J" in the Panorama Special sidebar. The film played in sold-out theaters and garnered positive notices from influential international publications. As a result, it has attracted the attention of international distributors, who are already buying it for their respective countries." NATIVe is a special section of Berlinale entirely dedicated to the indigenous peoples of the Arctic region. It featured 19 films from Greenland, Norway, Canada, and other northern countries. The Russian North was represented by four documentaries: "24 Snow" (dir. Mikhail Barynin), "The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai - the Little Rock" (dir. Aleksei Vakhrushev), "God Johogoi" (dir. Sergei Potapov) and the short "Boy and Lake" (dir. Prokopyi Nogovitsyn). The festival screenings were extremely popular with the public: the theaters were filled to capacity, and the tickets had been sold out well in advance. Sardaana Savvina, NATIVe Berlinale consultant, promo-producer of Yakut cinema: "We're all still reeling from Berlinale! The festival made quite an impression on us with its scope. We're happy and proud that movies from the Sakha were spotlighted, for the first time, at a high-profile international film forum. It's heartening that Russian cinema now sends its developing regional affiliates to the international arena. It was exciting to see sizable crowds at every screening. The audiences asked a lot of questions. Many were captivated by the beautiful shots of our severe, yet beautiful nature. No one was left unmoved by the inimitable temporality of Northern living, or by the indigenous cultures preserved for centuries, or by the breathtaking beauty of local people and landscapes, or by stories rooted in my people's legends and folklore.""Milk," the first short by young filmmaker Daria Vlasova, was entered in the short film competition of the Generation 14 plus sidebar, where it was warmly embraced by the audiences.  Daria Vlasova, director:"It was our film's opening night, and the whole crew came to the Berlin Festival to be there in person. We had been working on it for a whole year, and had seen it a thousand times, so we were curious to find out what the actual viewers would see in it. Would it be what we had thought about a year ago, or what we saw at the moment? I was very pleased with the reception. A lot of people laughed; I didn't expect such a warm welcome." Igor Yasulovich, People's Artist of Russia, the star of "Milk": "I really enjoyed the Berlinale vibes––people seemed so lively and so genuinely interested in the craft of filmmaking! We had a full house, and everyone in the audience looked fascinated by what they saw. A lot of young people asked us questions after the screening, said nice things about the movie, and took the director's autographs." Ivan Tverdovskiy's "Jumpman," produced by the New People Film Company, played in the "Rotterdam-Berlinale Express" section of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Mila Rozanova, producer:"Thanks to our participation in two coproduction markets, both in Rotterdam and in Berlin, the New People Film Company has negotiated Ivan Tverdosvkiy's new project with over 50 prospective partners from Europe and Canada. Since the movie, tentatively titled JUMPMAN, was awarded the Eurimages prize at Rotterdam, there's been a considerable surge of international interest. I hope we'll be able to finalize the negotiations and pick our partners shortly. The film is scheduled to start shooting in September, but the preproduction stage will begin as early as this spring, because it's a large-scale project that requires extensive preparation."  The ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide Stand As part of EFM, the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand showcased projects from over 40 Russian companies: Art Pictures Studio, Central Partnership, Yellow, Black and White, Russian World Vision, Mirsand Ltd., Planeta Inform Film Distribution, WIZART, IGMAR, Indie Vision etc. The stand presented over 45 Russian films as well as an updated version of the DOORS to Russian Cinema catalogue. Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:"For Russian companies, this year's EFM in Berlin proved fruitful and, hopefully, profitable. Most deals are still being finalized, but I can already say with some certainty that total sales amounted to several million dollars. I should also note that the new, sleek design of the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand, ornamented with views of Moscow, must have attracted additional attention. We also announced, to an enthusiastic response from film professionals, the launch of the Moscow Film Committee, which should encourage international crews to shoot in our city.What's most important, though, is that the stand sold about a dozen of high-quality projects, such as "Viking," "Attraction," "The Spacewalker," "Sobibor," "Buy Me," "Furious," "Selfie," and others. These are all very different genres. If we keep it up for another two or three years at every market we go to, without lowering the bar either in quality or quantity, we're in for a real breakthrough." Central Partnership unveiled at EFM its new project "The Bolshoi" (dir. Valeriy Todorovskiy), which attracted interest from German, French, and Asian buyers. The film tells the story of a young small-town girl wending her way to the Bolshoi Theatre stage. Several deals for Asian territories are currently in talks. "Furious," Ivan Shurkhovetskiy's upcoming blockbuster, was sold to the American distributor Well Go USA, as well as to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg (Splendid), France, Belgium, the Netherlands (ACTEURS AUTEURS ASSOCIES), Spain (Mediaset), and Mongolia (Digital Content). The historical blockbuster "Viking" (dir. Andrey Kravchuk), the market's top seller, was sold to over 60 international territories.  Vadim Vereschagin, Head of Theatrical Distribution at Central Partnership: ""Viking" is still going strong as we're negotiating the remaining European markets. Over 70 countries in total. We're very happy with the market and the ROSKINO stand. This time around, the buyers turned out to be really interested in what we had to offer." Art Pictures Studio hosted a special screening of the sci-fi blockbuster "Attraction" (dir. Fedor Bondarchuk) for sales companies and distributors. The buyers were also introduced to such new projects as "Ice" (dir. Oleg Trofim) and the topical drama "Buy Me" (dir. Vadim Perelman). So far, the rights to "Attraction" have been sold to 74 countries including such major markets as India and Latin America. The film's forthcoming Chinese release on 10,000 screens will be handled by the famous Hua Xia company. Dmitri Rudovskiy, producer, co-owner of Art Pictures Studio:"This year's market confirms that there has been formed a steady demand for Russian films among the buyers. There has crystallized a group of distributors who work with our offerings on a regular basis. New territories are constantly added that weren't previously interested in anything that bore the stamp "made in Russia." According to preliminary data, we have closed deals to the tune of $1 mln., which is a figure that inspires optimism."Yellow, Black and White presented at EFM the following projects: the historical drama "Sobibor" (dir. Andrey Malyukov), fantasy "The Last Knight" (dir. Dmitriy Dyachenko), thriller "Selfie" (dir. Nikolay Khomeriki), and horror "Black Water" (dir. Roman Karimov). The major territories currently in talks are China, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.  Zhanna Shakhshaeva, Yellow, Black and White, International Office:"EFM demonstrated Russia's new-found confidence in the international film arena. Distributors from all around the world flock to us, especially intrigued by war dramas, action, thrillers, and fantasy––and they don't leave empty-handed, either! The sum total of offers received, but not yet confirmed on our side, is about $700,000." Mirsand Ltd., the exclusive distributor of Timur Bekmambetov's projects, presented to the buyers the family musical comedy "My Cool Dad." Negotiations are underway with Central Europe and Asia.  Elena Malenkina, producer:"Our partners are unanimous in their praise for the project. At the moment, we're negotiating with Spain, France, Germany, the US, Eastern Europe, South Korea, Japan, and China." Substantial success was also in store for the adventure drama "The Spacewalker" (dir. Dmitriy Kiselev). Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Evgeniy Mironov, this story of human achievement in space is based on the life of the legendary astronaut Alexey Leonov.  Valeria Dobrolyubova, Head of Sales at Mirsand Ltd.: ""The Spacewalker" is a suspenseful big-budget VFX 2D3D space drama with disaster-movie overtones. It's a tale of the first-ever space walk––the global event second in importance only to Gagarin's flight. Following a successful screening and several meetings, we have now locked down the Baltic territories, Germany, Japan, and South Korea." At EFM, WIZART's animated "Snow Queen 3" was sold for a theatrical release to Universal Pictures Video France and KLB SAS. The film is scheduled to come out in the French-speaking countries next winter, including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco, and the Francophone African territories. In addition, "Snow Queen 3" will be released in Australia and New Zealand in late 2017. In the first quarter of 2017, the film will also play in Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Distribution rights to the feature-length animation "Sheep & Wolves" have been bought in Hungary, South Korea, Germany, France, and Switzerland. Norway, however, is the first in line, since the Storytelling Media company is rolling the film out in June 2017 across the country, from Oslo to Honningsvåg.  The French distributor Zylo has secured the rights to the animated "Fantastic journey to Oz" for a Home Entertainment release in France and in the French-speaking regions of Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, Luxembourg, and Africa. In total, the deals closed by WIZART at the market amounted to around $100,000.            Yuri Moskvin, WIZART Managing Producer:"EFM is the first major market of the year, and we are pleased with our performance. It was in Berlin that we announced a crucial deal with Universal Pictures Video France and KLB SAS, who bought theatrical rights to the third installment of our "Snow Queen." We hope this deal will boost our partners' confidence in us, and we'll be able to present our projects in wide release across Europe and North America." In Berlin, the Planeta Inform Group of Companies first put on the market its action adventure "The Coma" (dir. Nikita Argunov). International distributors were eagerly waiting for the sales to begin, since the teaser they had seen on the Internet had placed "The Coma" at the top of their wish-list. The sci-fi "Ikariya" (dir. Javor Gardev) was also unveiled in Berlin, where it energized both buyers and festival reps. As part of the Planeta Inform presentation, an 11-minute scene from the historical film "The Scythian" (dir. Rustam Mosafir) was shown along with a new teaser. The film is now sold to Germany and Southeast Asia, while deals with France, Spain, and Great Britain are being negotiated. Preliminary figures estimate the Planeta Inform deals at a $800,000 in total. Anastasia Bankovskaya, International Sales Director, Planeta Inform: "It was in Berlin that "The Bride" (dir. Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy), the highest-grossing Russian horror domestically, was for the first time presented in its entirety to international audiences, to positive notices from our partners, potential buyers, and festival reps. As of today, the film has been selected for the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival and for six other festivals of different sizes." At the market, the IGMAR company presented two new projects from the "Lenfilm" studio: the historical detective film "Contribution" (dir. Sergey Snezhkin) and children's movie "The Reddest Fox" (dir. Aleksandra Strelyanaya). "Rudolf Nureyev» (dir. Farid Davletshin) is currently in talks to be sold to Japan and, as a package deal, to Turkey, whereas its air-rights have already been sold to a number of territories, and a package deal with the Estonian National Network has been closed.  Margarita Korneva, IGMAR CEO:"Compared to the previous, rather successful EFM, this one was a bit more of a challenge for us. Our catalogue items, as well as the new offers we're bringing to the table, mostly have social value, which is a pretty tough sell. As we prepared for the market, we naturally put the emphasis on "Contribution," but it's a period piece, after all, not a mainstream cash-grab." The rights to the military drama "Panfilov's 28" (dir. Kim Druzhinin) from Russian World Vision were sold at EFM to the Francophone territories, Great Britain, Japan, and South Korea. Preliminary arrangements were also made for the German-speaking territories, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Offers were received from Poland, China, the former Yugoslavia, and Turkey. Both "Panfilov's 28" and "Sparta" (dir. Nikolay Kudryashev) generated a lot of interest from Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, which bodes well for the films' prospects since these territories rarely buy the rights to Russian fare. Brazilian VOD-rights for "Sparta" are currently being brokered. Presented at Berlinale as well, a sequel to "Classmates," "Classmates 2: A New Turn» (dir. Dmitriy Suvorov), will soon play in theaters in Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The Chinese distributors who previously bought the first part are also circling the follow-up. Yekaterina Levitan, Russian World Vision, International Office: «At EFM, we reached agreements not only on our new offerings but also on some films we'd been selling for years. Among them were the full rights to "Battalion" (dir. Dmitriy Meskhiev) in Japan, and TV-, Internet-, and Home Video rights to "Friday" (dir. Evgeny Shelyakin) in China. These two films were also pursued by Brazilian buyers, and we're currently negotiating with them. To sum up, at EFM we received offers to the tune of over $400,000. A lot of companies will watch our movies after the market, so we're expecting a further increase." Indie Vision is a subsidiary of Russian World Vision, founded in the fall of 2016. This specialty indie distributor was debuted at the Berlin international film market, where its representatives conducted about 40 meetings with buyers and festival curators from Poland, Spain, South Korea, Latin America, Japan, Italy, France, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, the Baltic countries, Taiwan, Turkey, Egypt, and Scandinavia. A package deal was closed with China, which included all the rights to "Middleground" (dir. Alisa Khazanova), "Wake Me Up" (dir. Guillaume Protsenko), and the omnibus film "Petersburg. A selfie". The rights to Harry Bardin's animated "Listening to Beethoven" were sold to the Al Jazeera TV channel that broadcasts in the MENA countries. The preliminary sum total was about $68,000. Marianna Ibragimova and Alisa Stolyarova, Indie Vision, co-production and international sales managers:"Our first international film market indicates a clear interest in this kind of content, although many buyers have to overcome their initial wariness about films from Russia. However, after a more detailed presentation of our lineup, there was a noticeable change in attitude, and the response was usually pretty energetic. Editors from Screen Daily and Just Cinema volunteered to cover Indie Vision in their magazines. In order to shift the foreign buyers' attitudes toward independent content from Russia and eradicate their preconceived notions, we'll need to keep working on positioning our films the right way, accentuating the content's quality over its country of origin. It's a long-term commitment."This year's EFM was attended by 9,550 industry professionals from 108 countries. 192 stands were in operation, selling distribution rights and facilitating international deals.  Additional info:Jane KovalenkoROSKINO Press Office info@ekovalenko.com+7 916 131 10 00 
ROSKINO reports a record-breaking year for Russian films abroad In the year 2016, ROSKINO, with the generous support from the Russian Ministry of Culture and in collaboration with OJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, organized eleven events in seven countries and presented, at the leading international film- and TV-markets, 55 film- and TV-distribution and sales companies from Russia at their ROSKINO--Russian Cinema Worldwide stand. Seventy-six Russian movies and TV shows in total were presented at nine markets.  ROSKINO representatives and Russian content distributors conducted over 2,500 business meetings with industry professionals: distributors, directors of sales companies, international festivals and film markets. ROSKINO and Russian projects have been mentioned in international and Russian media, both print and digital, over 540 times. The ROSKINO - Russian Cinema Worldwide stands and festival events were attended by an estimated 22,000 people. The overall budget for the nine ROSKINO - Russian Cinema Worldwide stands in 2016, including rent, design, construction, and equipment, came to $520,000 (by the median yearly exchange rate, about 36 mln. rubles). Advertising expenses for nine international markets added up to over $200,000 (by the median yearly exchange rate, about 14 mln. rubles). Total sales accumulated by the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand, after nine film markets in 2016, amounted to $19.6 mln.  Russian films' international grosses in 2016 increased by 100% over the 2015 showings. In 2015, 20 Russian films grossed $17 mln. combined, while in 2016 their cume stood at $35 mln.   Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO: "These results couldn't have been achieved if it hadn't been for the ROSKINO team's diligence and professionalism. In 2016 we secured, for the first time, the support of the Ministry of Culture. Now that they have seen our achievements in the international arena, all the more impressive for the limited financial resources we had at hand, I hope the Ministry will find a way to increase our funding. In recent years, international film markets have become big players in the box office, including the US market. As its presence in international distribution continues to grow, Russia stands a fighting chance as well. What we need now is considerable financial support from the state. Following the lead of France, China, Germany, and other countries, we have to not only cover festivals and markets but also to market each Russian film individually for its international release". One of ROSKINO's major accomplishments in 2016 was recognition from The First National Award in Business Communications. ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze received one of their most prestigious awards, "The Breakthrough of the Year", for ROSKINO's highly productive activities in 2016. The award was presented by Viktor Shkulev, President of one of the largest publishing houses in Russia, Hearst Skulev Publishing. A big part of the "breakthrough," as he pointed out, was the partnership between ROSKINO and The Cannes International Marché du Film market, one of the world's largest, at the 69th Cannes IFF in May 2016, headlined by Russia.  Vadim Zingman, OJSC Aeroflot, Deputy CEO for Customer Relations:"Aeroflot is a dedicated fan and supporter of Russian film, as well as a character in many outstanding movies. We supported the 2016 Year of Russian Film. Our entertainment industry cannot be imagined without Soviet and Russian masterpieces: the whole world watches them on Aeroflot aircraft. We are certain that the new year will take the collaboration between our airlines and the film industry to the next level. From the bottom of my heart, I wish ROSKINO and Russian film in general a happy New Year full of inspiration, creative insights, enamored audiences and box office success!"                                                    2016 REPORTIn January 2016, Russia's sole Oscar nominee was the acclaimed animator Konstantin Bronzit, whose "We Can't Live Without Cosmos" was nominated as The Best Animated Short Film. ROSKINO and Aeroflot supported the filmmaker who was honored with an Academy Award nomination for the second time (in 2009, he was nominated for "Lavatory Lovestory"). In February, the animator personally represented his home country in Los Angeles, USA, at the Academy Awards Ceremony. In February 2016, at the 66th Berlin IFF (Germany), five projects from Russia were presented, including Mikhail Mestetsky's debut "Rag Union" as part of the Generation 14 Plus sidebar. Later that year, ROSKINO entered the movie into the New Russian Cinema Week in LA. Mikhail Mestetsky, filmmaker:"Our entire team was truly happy at Berlinale as we heard sold-out crowds laugh and clap their hands. In November we presented "Rag Union" in America just as successfully. Russian film expansion is really wonderful! What ROSKINO does truly helps to establish international connections and brings to us certain quality standards."   At the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand in Berlin, at the European Film Market, 41 Russian companies presented 57 films. The sum total of EFM deals exceeded $2.2 mln., topped by the disaster movie "The Crew" (dir. Nikolay Lebedev) from Central Partnership.In March 2016, Hong Kong (China) hosted the 40th edition of FILMART. The ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand presented 34 Russian companies and 42 national productions. The total sales amounted to $700,000. Yuri Moskvin, WIZART, General Producer:«2016 was an eventful and successful year for Wizart: we released two animated features, "Sheep and wolves" and "The Snow Queen 3." Supported by ROSKINO, Wizart took part in the largest international film markets and received numerous awards, including the Van Gogh prize, Catalina Film Festival prizes, and top honors at the Guro International Kids Film Festival». In April 2016, the world's largest international market for audiovisual content MIPTV took place in Cannes, France. Konstantin Ernst, Director General of the Channel One, was the face of its advertising campaign. The number of Russian participants at MIPTV had increased by 8% since 2015. The ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand showcased 50 projects by 22 production companies from Russia. The final sales reached $2 mln. Dmitry Rudovsky, producer, co-owner of Art Pictures Studio: "International promotion is a crucial direction for us to take, since it helps our movies gross more money and find a niche in the worldwide film industry. The ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand deserves a special mention for their work at each film market. They always demonstrate excellent organizational skills and provide PR support for the best Russian projects!"  In May 2016, as part of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (France), ROSKINO for the first time in history partnered up with the world's leading film market, Marché du Film, thus making Russia the event's headliner, while the event itself was recognized as №2 globally, second only to the Olympic Games. The gala opening of the Cannes market was devoted to Russian filmmaking. Director of the Cannes IFF Thierry Frémaux, Marché du Film's Director Jérôme Paillard, and ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze welcomed over 800 guests, including such media-business luminaries as Director of the Venice IFF Alberto Barbera, Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick, AFM President Jonathan Wolf, and Variety International Director Alberto Lopez.  Over the course of eight days, the Russian Pavilion organized 12 events of different kinds, from showcase presentations to international conferences. On average, over 2,000 people attended the Pavilion daily. The Russian Pavilion program included: presentations of seven films entitled "Focus on New Russian Film"; presentations of eight projects ready for coproduction; a press conference by the 38th Moscow IFF committee; presentation of famous animator Harry Bardin's short film "Listening to Beethoven" selected for the Cannes short-subject program; a briefing from co-chairman of the Russian Producers Guild Sergey Selyanov and Managing Director of FIAPF Benoît Ginisty on Russia's membership in FIAPF; presentation of the annual portmanteau film Global Russians comprised of student shorts and produced by ROSKINO, etc.  Jérôme Paillard, Cannes Marché du Film, Executive Director:  "When a country collaborates with the world's leading film market, it can't help but elevate their national cinema to the next level and furnish new opportunities for industry development. It's a tremendous job, and I hope the Russian government appreciates and supports Katya  Mtsitouridze and the ROSKINO team in their incredibly energetic promotion of local filmmaking. We are glad to collaborate with Russia. Best of luck to Russian film!"  "The Student" (dir. Kirill Serebrennikov; produced by Ilya Stewart and Yuri Kozyrev), which played at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard program, received the François Chalais Award named after a famous French journalist, writer, and film critic, and awarded by an independent jury to the movies that "best reflect the reality of our world".   Forty-five companies from Russia were united under the aegis of the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand at Marché du Film in Cannes, where international buyers  could choose from 65 Russian titles. "Attraction" (dir. Fedor Bondarchuk) and "The Crew" (dir. Nikolay Lebedev) were among the market's hottest acquisitions.  Vadim Vereshchagin, Central Partnership, Deputy General Director for Distribution:"The Crew" has been sold to over 45 countries, which speaks to the potential that quality Russian filmmaking holds in international markets. We hope our new projects to be presented at the ROSKINO stand next year will fare no worse!"  The sum total for the 12 Russian projects sold at Cannes exceeds $7 mln. A sizable portion of this total, $3 to be exact, came from the deal closed by Art Pictures Studio on Bondarchuk's "Attraction".  In September 2016, the 73rd edition of the Venice IFF was kicked off in Italy. At the Venice Production Bridge film market, European Film Forum was held--a conference with the participation of Katya Mtsitouridze, CEO of ROSKINO. Industry professionals discussed issues related to new tendencies in production, distribution, and financing. In the main competition, Russia was represented by Andrei Konchalovsky's drama "Paradise", a RussianGerman coproduction that went on to receive the Silver Lion for Best Director. The ROSKINO - Russian Cinema Worldwide stand presented 23 films from 8 Russian companies, sold for a total of $500,000.  Valeria Dobrolubova, Mirsand Ltd (representing projects by Timur Bekmambetov's Bazelevs), Sales Director: "For us, it's mandatory to participate in leading international film markets if we are to produce, annually, content with international prospects. ROSKINO creates perfect working conditions, which allows us to minimize travel expenses and give our top business partners their due during the meetings. We see Russian film gain actual support internationally, and ROSKINO's effective PR is already paying off". In September 2016, at the 41st Toronto IFF (Canada), new films were presented by three Russian directors: Aleksey Mizgirev's "The Duelist" (produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov), Vitaliy Manskiy's "Rodnye" (a RussianUkrainian coproduction), and Ivan Tverdovskiy's "Zoology" (produced by Natalya Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova, and Ulyana Savelyeva). Yelena Brodach's "Next" played in the festival's short-subject program. Later, "Zoology", backed by ROSKINO on the strength of its screenplay, received the Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary IFF, and the film's leading actress Natalya Pavlenkova was nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Award, the so-called "Asian Oscars".  Recommended by ROSKINO, the main star of "The Duelist," Petr Fedorov, was Russia's representative in a professional program intended to advance local celebrities' careers on the international level. He even placed on the festival's top 10 most promising actors list.  At the ROSKINO - Russian Cinema Worldwide stand, 32 Russian sales companies presented 46 local films, sold cumulatively for over $1.5 mln. The stand's bestselling item at Toronto was Mizgirev's "The Duelist".   Alexander Rodnyansky, producer:"Unique in a lot of ways, "The Duelist" is unlike what's been going on in Russian film lately. It's a refreshing story that combines Russian literary classics with the adventure genre mostly popular in Europe. We are grateful to ROSKINO for promoting Russian film in the international arena with such enthusiasm. We believe that our films are capable of transcending the boundaries of the Russian-speaking world and being integrated into the global cultural context."  In early October of 2016, ROSKINO partnered up for the 5th time with the BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival. Ivan Tverdovsky's "Zoology" (produced by Natalya Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova, and Ulyana Savelyeva) played in the "Dare" program of Britain's preeminent festival, while the «Debate» sidebar included two Russian selections:  Kirill Serebrennikov's "The Student" (produced by Ilya Stewart and Yuri Kozyrev) and "Rodnye" (a RussianUkrainian coproduction), the latest offering from the famed documentary filmmaker Vitaliy Manskiy. The festival's animated short-subject program played two movies by the Soyuzmultfilm studio, "Moroshka" (dir. Polina Minchenok) and "Hippo and Juice" ("Begemot y Kompot") (dir. Aleksey Minchenok). Russia was also represented by two films from foreign filmmakers: «Dancer» by Steven Cantor and 14-minute-long "Hero City" by the British filmmaker Ruth Maclennan.  ROSKINO flew the Russian participants in to London and provided our projects with PR support. The films played to general audiences, industry professionals, and media from around the globe.  Mila Rozanova, producer:"We are perfectly happy with our collaboration with ROSKINO in 2016. A project first presented in 2015 at the Russian Pavilion at Cannes, Ivan Tverdovsky's "Zoology" has since traveled the world with ROSKINO's support, including festivals in Toronto, London, and LA. It's vital for Russia to have an organization that, like Unifrance or German Film, sends our national cinema out into the larger world of film." In October 2016, the French town of Cannes played host to International market for children's TV programming MIPJunior, which traditionally precedes the world's largest audiovisual content market MIPCOM. In a 10% upswing over the year before, in 2016 MIPJunior welcomed 1,600 participants, including over 630 international buyers. The animated projects from 12 Russian companies sold for $210,000 combined. Aleksandr Gerasimov, Master Film, General Producer:"My general impression is that MIPJunior went exceptionally well! I'd like to single out ROSKINO in particular for the strategic placement of their stand, its design, and effective PR. In fact, not only did we sell a lot of titles, we also made it to the final round of the MIPJunior pitching session with our "Charlotte and Frogson," one of the five selections from 100 international entries." In October 2016, Cannes also hosted the International audiovisual content market MIPCOM, which opened for the first time in history with a Russian title. The gala opening of TV series "Mata Hari" (directed by Julius Berg, produced by Vlad Ryashin and Aleksandr Starikov) gathered together such members of its international crew as actors Vahina Giocante (France), Christopher Lambert (France), Yehezkel Lazarov (Israel), Aleksey Guskov (Russia). The project was realized by Star Media in partnership with the Channel One (Russia) and the Inter Channel (Ukraine). Distribution rights for the series were acquired by Red Arrow International, and the project was eventually sold to dozens of territories.  At the ROSKINO - Russian Cinema Worldwide stand, 40 companies presented 65 Russian projects altogether, to the tune of $2.5 mln.  Ilya Popov, The Riki Group, General Producer:"Lately, we have noticed a positive change in the reception of Russian animation, thanks to Russia's growing international presence. For that I'd like to thank ROSKINO and Katya Mtsitouridze personally. Her team's enthusiasm is truly infectious!" In November 2016, the city of Los Angeles hosted American Film Market (AFM). The ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand presented 67 films from 40 Russian companies, sold altogether for $3 mln. The most sought-after items were: "Viking" (dir. Andrey Kravchuk, prod. Konstantin Ernst, Anatoliy Maksimov, distributed by Central Partnership) and "Attraction" (dir. Fedor Bondarchuk, prod. Dmitry Rudovsky, Fedor Bondarchuk, distributed by Art Pictures Studio).  A couple of days prior, the New Russian Cinema Week took place in LA, programmed with recent Russian features awarded at international festivals and recognized for their box-office potential: "The Duelist" (dir. Aleksey Mizgirev), "Good Boy" (dir. Oksana Karas), "Rag Union" (dir. Mikhail Mestetsky),  "Zoology" (dir. Ivan Tverdosky), and several shorts. Russian films also screened at California's top-ranking film schools, USC (School of Cinematic Arts Complex) and New York Film Academy (Los Angeles Campus).  One of the Week's highlights was a presentation of the first Russian alien-invasion blockbuster, Fedor Bondarchuk's "Attraction." Fedor Bondarchuk, producer, filmmaker, co-owner of Art Pictures Studio: "It was of great importance for us to present a rough cut in the US at the New Russian Cinema Week, followed by negotiations at the American Film Market, which provided us with valuable feedback both from prospective buyers and audiences. We are happy to collaborate with ROSKINO here and elsewhere. Each project's success contributes to the overall success of Russian filmmaking."  20 INTERNATIONAL TOP GROSSERSMADE IN RUSSIA  According to the kinodata.pro website, the $35 mln. international grosses brought in by top-20 Russian films in 2016 broke a five-year-old record. •       “Hardcore Henry” (dir. Ilya Naishuller, produced by Timur Bekmambetov, a RussiaUS coproduction) – $11.6 mln. (Top Market: USA)•        “Dragon” (dir. Indar Dzhendubaev, produced by Timur Bekmambetov) - $9.2 mln. (Top Market: China)•       “The Crew” (dir. Nikolay Lebedev, produced by Leonid Vereshchagin, Anton Zlatopolsky, Nikita Mikhalkov) - $5.3 mln. (Top Market: China)•       “Mafia: Survival Game” (dir. Sarik Andreasyan, produced by Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan, Vladimir Polyakov) - $3.1 mln. (Top Market: China)•        “Quackerz” (dir. Viktor Lakisov, produced by Vsevolod Zorin, Ruben Atoyan, Oksana Brovchenko) - $2.8 mln. (Top Market: China) •       “8 Best Dates” (dir. Marius Balchunas, produced by Yekaterina Gordetskaya, Andrei Radko, Yulia Pilunskaya) - $1.5 mln. (Top Market: Ukraine) •       "Under the Sun" (dir. Vitaliy Manskiy, produced by Simone Baumann, Vit Klusak, Petr Kubica, a RussiaNorth KoreaGermanyCzech RepublicLatvia coproduction) - $0.3 mln. (Top Market: South Korea) •       "Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf 3" (dir. Darina Shmidt, produced by Aleksandr Boyarsky, Sergey Selyanov) - $0.3 mln. (Top Market: Ukraine) •       "Sheep and Wolves" (dir. Maksim Volkov and Andrei Galat, produced by Sergey Selyanov, Vladimir Nikolaev, Yuri Moskvin) - $0.25 mln. (Top Market: the Baltic countries) •       "Election Day 2" (dir. Aleksandr Barshak, produced by Leonid Barats, Sergey Petreikov, Rostislav Hait) - $0.2 mln. (Top Market: Ukraine) •       "The Duelist" (dir. Aleksey Mizgirev, produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov) - $0.1 mln. (Top Market: the USA; the film was released in December in ten theaters)•       "Status: Available" (dir. Pavel Ruminov, produced by Sergey Livnev, Danila Kozlovsky, Sergey Bobza) - $60,000 (Top Market: Ukraine) •       "30 Dates" (dir. Tatyana Kapitan, produced by Dmitry Litvinov, Dmitry Osmerkin, Anastasia Gavrish) - $50,000 (Top Market: Ukraine) •       "Sinbad: Pirates of the Seven Seas" (dir. Vladlen Barbe, produced  by Sergey Selyanov, Georgy Gitis) - $35,000 (Top Market: Ukraine) •       "Classmates" (dir. Dmitry Suvorov, produced by Vasily Rovensky, Maksim Rogalsky, Konstantin Elkin) - $30,000 (Top Market: Ukraine) •       "The Collector" (dir. Aleksey Krasovsky, produced by Georgy Shabanov, Dmitry Ruzhentsev, Eduard Iloyan) - $20,000 (Top Market: Ukraine) •        "Diggers" (dir. Tikhon Kornev, produced by Andrey Radko, Yekaterina Gordetskaya, Maksim Korolev) - $12,000 (Top Market: Ukraine) •        "Savva: A Warrior's Tail" (dir. Maksim Fadeev, produced by Aleksandr Chistyakov, Dmitry Rudovsky, Fedor Bondarchuk) - $17,000 (Top Market: Bulgaria)•       "The Snow Queen 2" (dir. Aleksey Tsitsilin, produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Yuri Moskvin, Vladimir Nikolaev) - $9,000 (Top Market: Chile)•       "Space Dogs 2" (dir. Aleksandr Khramtsov, prodcued by Sergei Zernov, Vadim Sotskov, Yulia Matyash) - $10,000 (Top Market: the USA) For the numbers above, ROSKINO would like to thank the website kinodata.pro and Sergei Lavrov personally, as well as all the companies that have provided their data: Central Partnership, Art Pictures Studio, Planeta Inform, Wizart, The Riki Group, Mirsand Ltd., and Russian World Vision. Additional info:Jane KovalenkoROSKINO Press Officeinfo@ekovalenko.com+7 916 131 10 00 ***ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally. Since its foundation in 1924 ROSKINO facilitates the integration of the Russian filmmakers into the world industry. In 2014 the company celebrated its 90th anniversary. The company promotes Russian cinema at major film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Beijing, London), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du FIlm and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports distribution of Russian cinema and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships. One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international traveling film market that allows the company to present national cinema at various markets around the world. Since 2012 ROSKINO operates the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles. In 2014 ROSKINO launched a London office, ROSKINO UK. In October, 2014 ROSKINO organized the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum, a high profile event uniting three types of content markets dealing with film, TV and new media that generated a considerable attention in the national and international media industry. The Media Forum attracted 2700 participants from 57 countries from around the world. In May, 2016 ROSKINO became official partner of the Cannes Film Festival international film market Marché du Film, where it presented the program Focus on Russia, which consisted of 12 events ranging from press conferences to showcases of new projects.   ***Katya Mtsitouridze is head of ROSKINO, Channel One film expert, Variety Russia Editor-in-Chief, SPIMF concept developer and general producer. Katya graduated from the Tbilisi State University with an MA in history and film studies. She is the author and narrator of This Is Cinema, a regular show on Russia’s Channel One. She is ROSKINO CEO since 2011. Katya’s portfolio includes diplomas of the film festivals in Cannes and Venice as well as the AFM market in LA. In June, 2001, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival. In May, 2002, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival. In June, 2003, Katya was on the jury for debut films at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival. In May, 2008, she was a member of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the 61th Cannes International Film Festival. Still in 2008, she initiated the creation of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival which she is heading to the present day. From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Mtsitouridze provided PR support in US and Canada for The Edge (Krai), a film by Alexey Uchitel, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the HFPA Golden Globe awards. In September, 2011 she was in charge of the international PR and advertising campaign of Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. In June, 2012 she held the first DOORS International Traveling Film Market of Russian content within the framework of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival. In November, 2012, Katya reached an agreement with HULU, one of the leading US digital platforms, for the VOD release of 12 contemporary Russian titles. In May, 2014 she reached a further agreement for the distribution of CTC Media TV Content through HULU platforms. In October, 2014 Katya held the first edition of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum of which she was the concept developer and general producer. In May, 2016 Katya curated the program Focus on Russia at the Cannes international film market, Marché du Film.   Katya is a member of FIPRESCI, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, the Russian and International Unions of Journalists, the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. She also holds an MA in History.
RESULTS OF THE ROSKINO – RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE STAND AT AMERICAN FILM MARKET (AFM) The 37th edition of American Film Market (AFM), one of the year's major events in the film industry, took place November 2nd-9th in Los Angeles, California.For the sixth time in a row, ROSKINO has been the film market's official partner, supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and OJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines. At the Loews Santa Monica hotel, a joint ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand represented over 40 production and distribution companies from Russia. An updated DOORS to Russian Cinema catalogue included 30 Russian films, many of which had played before at the Arc Light Theater and Laemmle Monica Film Center as part of the New Russian Film Week, as well as at various market screenings.According to the data provided by AFM, the share of English-language content had decreased by 15% from last year's 70% to 55%, while the Asian professional presence had experienced a considerable increase: a record-breaking 200 participants from China, and 75 from Hong Kong, were registered for the event. Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO: "For Russian filmmakers, this was perhaps one of the year's best markets yet. The 15 % drop in English-language content, in one way or another, has drawn more attention to our projects, and I'm using the qualifier "in one way or another" because the Chinese delegation numbered 275, including Hong Kong, whereas 29 people had flown in to LA from Russia. Also, China, France, Israel, South Korea, Turkey, Italy and other countries spend about ten times as much on advertising. If our modest advertising budget permits about $30,000 in billings, they easily shell out $300,000-400,000. Japan, for one, was AFM's partner this year, so the spotlight naturally was on them, as it had been on us earlier this year at Cannes. In other words, there's still room for growth, but the results so far look promising. Of course, with the elections coming up, Europe in general and Russia in particular received their fair share of attention. In all honesty, we have, for several years now, been treated with nothing but boundless friendliness by the AFM committee. It's nice that political tensions don't get in the way of uniting the artists the world over! Buyers literally lined up to see "Viking" and "Attraction." On the other hand, most small companies are reluctant to disclose their figures, and we do understand that it's mostly because said figures are less than impressive. Overall, though, all our sales companies agree that the market was a success!"  As part of AFM, Central Partnership presented their flagship project entitled "Viking" (directed by Andrey Kravchuk, produced by Konstantin Ernst, Anatoliy Maksimov). The movie generated a lot of buzz among the buyers at the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand, exceeding the distributor's expectations by a wide margin. Several Europeans deals are currently being negotiated. Rafael Minasbekian, producer, Gazprom Media Holding CEO: "The first industry screening of an 80-minute excerpt from "Viking" caused quite a stir in LA: a lot of people hadn't expected filmmaking of such high quality from Russia. Tired of mindless entertainment, the viewers of today have found a potent philosophical undercurrent in our project. More than merely an uproarious thrill-ride, our movie tells the story of adopting Christianity through a series of powerful monologues, intertwining in its narrative themes of faith, love, friendship, and large-scale battle scenes. This is what made the movie so appealing and now bodes well for its international prospects. Another Central Partnership project, "The Furious", is an action-packed epic with a fantasy bent. Both "The Furious" and "Viking" are sweeping historical sagas, yet each boasts a unique approach. We are leaving AFM with several deals as good as closed." Vadim Vereshchagin, Central Partnership Distribution Director:"Our company offered a large and interesting package, tailored specifically for international audiences. We're not selling Russian comedies because, unfortunately, the West doesn't care much about them. Our locomotive is "Viking" (dir. Andrei Kravchuk), a movie already in great popular demand. We're also presenting "Versus" (dir. Nurbek Egen), "Vamps" (dir. Sergei Ginzburg), and "The Furious" (dir. Ivan Shurkhovetsky). Epic in scope, "Viking" features almost all the famous Russian actors currently available, and some of them already have Hollywood blockbusters on their resumes. The scale of the project is as large as it'd be in the US, and the staging of dramatic scenes is one of Russia's specialties. International indie distributors are in a slump at the moment; their movies no longer make money. A lot of countries train their sights on movies from outside of America–European and Russian ones, among others. Our last year's successes ("The Crew," for instance, was sold to over 45 markets) testify to the fact that quality filmmaking from Russia holds enormous international appeal." "Versus" has already closed deals in Latin America, Germany, the Benelux, Switzerland, Turkey, and Japan, while a South Korean release is currently in talks.Central Partnership has also completed international sales for last summer's biggest Russian blockbuster, "The Crew" (dir. Nikolay Lebedev). All international markets considered, the project has been sold to over 45 countries, a new record for an independent distributor from Russia. To date, "The Crew"'s international box office stands at $35 mln., with such important markets as Turkey, Indonesia, and South Korea yet to open. Concurrently with AFM, "The Crew" came out in Peru and Bolivia, taking the 4th and 5th spots respectively in its opening weekend. This resounding success allowed Central Partnership to close a distribution deal with Mexico and India, where Central Partnership, in a recent announcement, will be collaborating with the independent distributor RG FILMS. The ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand also provided a platform for Fyodor Bondarchuk and Dmitry Rudovsky's Art Pictures Studio to present to international buyers Russia's first sci-fi blockbuster about an alien invasion, "Attraction" (dir. Fyodor Bondarchuk). The movie will be released simultaneously in Russia and China in January 2017, and a dubbed version will be ready by December 2nd for South Korea, Japan, Germany, and Italy. Deals with China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France and Italy were closed at AFM. The company's package also included such new projects as "The Queen of Spades" (dir. Pavel Lungin), "Ice" (dir. Oleg Trofim), and "Father Frost: The Wizard Battle " (dir. Alexander Voytinskiy). Dmitry Rudovsky, producer, Art Pictures Studio co-owner:"American Film Market in LA rounds off the year-long sales cycle for our movie "Attraction." Most offers have been pouring in all year, and AFM's job was to present the film to an advantage to potential distributors. All the companies that were going to sign a deal with us, or had already done it, were happy with what they saw. Our task for this particular market was to catch the eye of Spanish- and English-speaking territories. We have, by and large, succeeded. What we have left to do is negotiate the contracts, including the prices, dates, and scope of rights. We have also finalized the deals in two key European territories, France and Italy. In addition to that, we have sold the rights to Pavel Lungin's "The Queen of Spades" to Red Granite Pictures, the company that produced "The Wolf of Wall Street." I'm not at liberty to disclose the numbers until the deal is signed. AFM is important for us both as a sales platform and as a marketing event, where we can explore supply and demand, adjust our plans accordingly, and pitch ourselves as producers of high-quality content. We're very happy with the ROSKINO - Russian Cinema Worldwide stand: they are brilliant organizers who provided wonderful PR-support to the best Russian projects." Mirsand Ltd., Timur Bekmambetov's exclusive distributor, presented to the AFM buyers the family musical comedy "My Cool Dad," a top-shelf CGI animated feature scheduled for a Fall 2017 release in Russia. The film is scored by the famous British composer and Emmy winner Mark Willott, who already collaborated with the Bazelevs Studio and Wizart Animation on the 3D cartoon "Snow Queen" (2012). Prospective buyers were intrigued by how the movie dealt with adolescence and changing family relations at a difficult time in every teenager's life. As of this moment, the animated feature has sparked the interest of France, Italy, Israel, China, Latin America, and South Korea. The other project presented by the company was the adventuredrama "The Spacewalker" (dir. Dmitry Kiselev), slated for an April 2017 release in Russia, both in 2D and 3D. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Evgeny Mironov, this biopic about the legendary astronaut Alexey Leonov tells the story of one man's heroic deed in outer space. Unprecedented in its usage of computer graphics, the project is already in talks for distribution in Korea, Japan, China, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, and Latin America. Valeria Dobrolubova, Mirsand Ltd. CSO:"For Mirsand Ltd., AFM is one of the key film markets that we attend on a regular basis. The ROSKINO stand allows us to conduct all the meetings in an efficient way and to find buyers for our projects. The deals provisionally cleared amount to over $300,000, and some meetings for the European Film Market 2017 in Berlin have been set up. Both our projects will screen at EFM as well, so the buyers will be able to make up their minds regarding live-action and animated features from Russia." The prominent animation brand "Kikoriki" continues its international expansion. The brand's copyright owners, The Riki Group, have sold distribution rights for the feature-length adventure comedy "Kikoriki: The Legend of the Golden Dragon" (co-produced by The Riki Group and Art Pictures Studio) in South Korea and in the UK. International distribution of the Kikoriki trilogy, except for Russia, China, and former Soviet republics, is handled by the Australian company Odin’s Eye Entertainment. Distribution rights for South Korea have been acquired by Big Film, while Signature Entertainment, one of the industry's leaders with over 300 successful releases under its belt, will distribute the trilogy in Great Britain. In 2016 alone, distribution rights to the first and second installments of the franchise have been sold to 25 countries, including Shout! Factory in the USA. Ilya Popov, The Riki Group General Producer:"Our company's animated projects are well-known for their original characters and high production values, which, beyond any doubt, helps us sell the product to buyers. As a result of AFM, we have closed American, Asian, and European deals. Lately, Russian animation's stock has risen significantly, all thanks to the increased visibility of Russian companies. I'd like to thank ROSKINO and Katya Mtsitouridze personally. Her team's enthusiasm and positive thinking are truly infectious." Following AFM, Wizart Animation has announced new deals and scheduled the first batch of opening-night screenings for its animated franchise "The Snow Queen," whose third installment was unveiled at AFM. Wizart's other projects also proved to be sough-after titles: distribution rights to "Sheep and wolves" have been sold to Denmark, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Luxembourg, South Tyrol, Hungary, and Latin America.  "The Snow Queen 2: Refreeze" will be released in Spain, and the third installment of the franchise will come out in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania. Wizart has sold TV rights to "Urfin and his wooden soldiers" in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, and Luxembourg.   Yuri Moskvin, Wizart Animation General Producer:"The 2016 edition of American Film Market was a productive one for Wizart. Our most talked-about offering was "The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice," the third part of Kay and Gerda's adventures that will see wide release in late December 2016 in Russia, Europe, and Latin America. We're very pleased that this animated comedy has attracted the attention of our international partners. Distribution rights have been sold to a number of countries, so the Russian release will be concurrent with The United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Romania, Poland, Latvia and Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria etc., where the film is hotly anticipated. We have noted  that new animated features presented in Santa Monica are all of exceptional quality. The competition is getting stiffer as new studios emerge and image quality is perfected every year, which means we have to employ new and unorthodox techniques to draw the audiences to the theaters. Virtual and enhanced reality, merchandising tie-ins and cross-promotion are the added bonuses that guarantee successful international distribution for independent animation." Russian World Vision presented at American Film Market its flagship project, "Panfilov's twenty eight" (directed by Kim Druzhinin and Andrey Shalyopa).  European and Asian markets have expressed their interest in this historical drama based on actual events of WWII. A Japanese deal is already closed, while others (China, South Korea, Thailand, the UK, German- and French-speaking territories) are still under negotiation. The company's second project, the historical war drama "Convoy 48" (directed by Fyodor Popov), has generated attention from the UK, France, Germany, and Japan. The company's package also includes "Sparta" (dir. Nikolay Kudryashov), a modern-day action tale of martial arts and ultimate fighting championships, which attracted notice from Chinese and South Korean distributors. The project's fate in Japan has already been sealed, and negotiations for in-flight entertainment options with various airlines are currently underway. The same rights are being negotiated for Dmitry Suvorov's "Superbad." Besides, the filmmaker's "The Classmates" has been offered a distribution deal from China. Yekaterina Levitan, Russian World Vision, Head of International Department:"AFM is a productive platform for selling all kinds of rights. Over this week at the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide stand, we conducted over 80 meetings with international distributors. Preliminary figures indicate over $200,000 in sales for our company's package. However, it should be noted that some negotiations are ongoing, and the sum total may keep growing yet."  The "Planeta Inform" Group presented in LA a package of films, five of which should be singled out as the most ambitious: a fantasy romp about a squad of Soviet superheroes, "The Guardians" (dir. Sarik Andreаsyan); horror "The Bride" (dir. Svyatoslav Podgaevsky); drama "The Icebreaker" (dir. Nikolay Khomeriki); sci-fi action "Dance to Death" (dir. Andrey Volgin); and historical action film "The Scythian" (dir. Rustam Mosafir).  Dmitry Litvinov, General Director: "The Guardians" is a unique project about Russian superheroes, backed by a massive advertising campaign. Our marketing expenditures at AFM have proven totally justified: we have managed to entice a lot of international buyers. The first 40-minute screening was completely sold out, so some people even had to sit on the steps! Traditionally, Russian films have been popular with Asian audiences, so I won't rule out the possibility that the sequel will have a Chinese co-producer. Our second product is "The Bride." With only 17 minutes of the final cut shown, we still received plenty of offers and are now closing deals at the higher end of expectations. Since there haven't yet been any Russian horror movies on the international market, the buzz is pretty good. Together with our South American partners, we're planning a rollout of both "The Guardians" and "The Bride" in seven countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, all of which, strangely enough, have a lot in common with Russian cultural attitudes. We also have universally appealing movies with crossover potential, such as the disaster film "The Icebreaker" and sci-fi action "Dancе to Death." We're certain that the "The Icebreaker" sales will beat the record set by "Metro," our most lucrative release so far. As expected, "The Scythian," Sergei Selyanov's latest, has caught the attention of Germany and some Asian markets. One of today's trends is the growing interest international buyers express in historical action." The American Film Market results were also tallied up by Alexander Rodnyansky, one of Russia's most consistently successful producers in the international arena. His "The Duelist" (dir. Alexey Mizgirev) had previously headlined The Russian Film Week in Los Angeles. This adventuredrama, which also includes some mystical elements and offers genuine thrills to spare, was warmly received by American audiences and the students of such prestigious film schools as USC and NYFA. The movie will be released stateside on December 2nd in 15 major cities. Sony Pictures is handling international distribution rights. Alexander Rodnyansky, producer:"As you already know, international distribution rights for "The Duelist" have been acquired by Sony Pictures, except for the four territories that we were confident enough to keep: Germany, China, France, and Poland. This year's AFM turned out to be eventful and productive as we discussed with Sony Pictures the nitty-gritty of the film's American release on December 2nd. We also signed a deal with the Kinostar company about a German release for our movie. In China, it will come out in early 2017. That leaves just two territories unsold, France and Poland, and we received a lot of offers from both at AFM. We are currently discussing the details and finishing up the negotiations."  This year's edition of AFM had over 1,000 companies and 400 distributors registered, presenting 305 films from 40 countries.   Additional info:Jane KovalenkoROSKINO Press Office info@ekovalenko.com+7 916 131 10 00  ***ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally. Since its foundation in 1924 ROSKINO facilitates the integration of the Russian filmmakers into the world industry. In 2014 the company celebrated its 90th anniversary. The company promotes Russian cinema at major film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Beijing, London), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du FIlm and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports distribution of Russian cinema and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships. One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international traveling film market that allows the company to present national cinema at various markets around the world. Since 2012 ROSKINO operates the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles. In 2014 ROSKINO launched a London office, ROSKINO UK. In October, 2014 ROSKINO organized the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum, a high profile event uniting three types of content markets dealing with film, TV and new media that generated a considerable attention in the national and international media industry. The Media Forum attracted 2700 participants from 57 countries from around the world. In May, 2016 ROSKINO became official partner of the Cannes Film Festival international film market Marché du Film, where it presented the program Focus on Russia, which consisted of 12 events ranging from press conferences to showcases of new projects.   ***Katya Mtsitouridze is head of ROSKINO, Channel One film expert, Variety Russia Editor-in-Chief, SPIMF concept developer and general producer. Katya graduated from the Tbilisi State University with an MA in history and film studies. She is the author and narrator of This Is Cinema, a regular show on Russia’s Channel One. She is ROSKINO CEO since 2011. Katya’s portfolio includes diplomas of the film festivals in Cannes and Venice as well as the AFM market in LA. In June, 2001, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival. In May, 2002, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival. In June, 2003, Katya was on the jury for debut films at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival. In May, 2008, she was a member of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the 61th Cannes International Film Festival. Still in 2008, she initiated the creation of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival which she is heading to the present day. From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Mtsitouridze provided PR support in US and Canada for The Edge (Krai), a film by Alexey Uchitel, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the HFPA Golden Globe awards. In September, 2011 she was in charge of the international PR and advertising campaign of Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. In June, 2012 she held the first DOORS International Traveling Film Market of Russian content within the framework of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival. In November, 2012, Katya reached an agreement with HULU, one of the leading US digital platforms, for the VOD release of 12 contemporary Russian titles. In May, 2014 she reached a further agreement for the distribution of CTC Media TV Content through HULU platforms. In October, 2014 Katya held the first edition of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum of which she was the concept developer and general producer. In May, 2016 Katya curated the program Focus on Russia at the Cannes international film market, Marché du Film.   Katya is a member of FIPRESCI, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, the Russian and International Unions of Journalists, the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. She also holds an MA in History.
RUSSIAN FILM WEEK WRAPS IN LA Russian Film Week took place in Los Angeles October 27th-31st, 2016. Over 2,000 viewers, both American and Russian, got a chance to see some recent Russian features laurelled at festivals and noted for their potential at international film markets: «The Duelist» (dir. Aleksey Mizgirev), «Good Boy» (dir. Oksana Karas), «Rag Union» (dir. Mikhail Mestetsky),  «Zoology» (dir. Ivan Tverdosky), as well as shorts «The Kid» (dir. Vlad Kozlov), «Father and Boy» (dir. Evgeny Sinelnikov), «Brutus» (dir. Konstantin Fam). Russian Film Week was organized by ROSKINO, with the support of The Russian Ministry of Culture. The Tvzavr online film platform served as its major official partner. The movies had been selected by the project's curators, ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze and Alex Ago, Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO: «I'm so happy that the Russian Film Week was a sold-out event, and our lineup resonated so deeply with the audiences. While some viewers thanked the director of "Good Boy" and all of us for the uplift they felt, several senior ladies made a show of walking out of the theater right after "Zoology." And yet, the ones who remained were ecstatic and wouldn't let the crew leave after the Q&A session. "Rag Union" received a welcome as warm as it had in Berlin where it'd premiered, and the three screenings of "The Duelist," one in a theater and two on university campuses, enjoyed ovations that lasted through the end credits. It's safe to say that our mission of cultural expansion is accomplished, despite all the political tensions. By the way, a lot of people asked us who we'd vote for, Hillary or Trump, and my immediate response was that we'd be glad to vote for Steven Spielberg or Woody Allen, but unfortunately they're not running. All kidding aside, though, I'm delighted that with the American Film Market coming up, where the ROSKINO stand will include over 40 Russian companies, we've already succeeded in promoting the movies we'll be selling internationally––and hopefully, we'll succeed again!"  Alex Ago, Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts:"I'm certain it's really important to play foreign movies on our campus, providing our students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the whole artistic spectrum of film, and to learn more about other cultures, legacies, and traditions. In this sense, our collaboration with ROSKINO has helped us help the students to discover contemporary Russian cinema. "The Duelist" took the viewers on a breathtaking journey through an era long gone by, and its varied details and high production values allowed the audiences to glimpse a world they hadn't seen before." The gala opening of the Russian Film Week took place on October 27th at a popular LA venue, Arc Light Hollywood. The guests saw one of the best Russian films of 2016, Aleksey Mizgirev's "The Duelist" (produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergei Melkumov), a mystical adventure tinged with romance and filled with genuine thrills. The film was introduced to the US audience by its producer Alexander Rodnyansky and main star Pyotr Fedorov. "The Duelist" had its international premiere at TIFF, as part of the TIFF - SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, where it was awarded the highest ratings from industry professionals and press alike. It will be released stateside on Dec 2nd in 15 major markets. Alexander Rodnyansky, producer:"We've had quite a week here, full of business negotiations with industry professionals and insightful talks with the audiences and American journalists. It's vital events like the Russian Film Week that let us feel the prospective audience's pulse long before the movie actually comes out. Our job is to learn how to tell accessible stories that can truly excite the viewers abroad. It's also a good opportunity to network and use the ROSKINO-organized screening as a stepping stone towards the film's further prospects."  Pyotr Fedorov, actor:"The Russian Film Week is nothing short of a bridge between the two countries! I'd like to thank ROSKINO for this opportunity to bring "The Duelist" over to the US and introduce it to the local audiences. After the screening, the audience members had a lot of interesting questions about the difficulties we'd encountered on the set and about how we'd recreated the historical image of Saint Petersburg. If our movie encourages the American viewer to learn more about Russian history, I'll be very happy! It'll mean our efforts haven't been in vain." The movies selected for the Russian Film Week in LA premiered at the chic Laemmle Monica Film Center, and at theaters of such prestigious film schools as USC (School of Cinematic Arts Complex) and New York Film Academy, Los Angeles Campus. Paul Brown, screenwriter, producer, professor at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles Campus:"I love Russia, and I've been to Moscow a lot of times. "The Duelist" has made quite a favorable impression on me: it's a powerful movie that tells a powerful story. It's exactly this kind of in-depth storytelling that we teach our students. Some try to focus on the emotions or the acting, but what matters the most is the story itself. The viewer is invited to solve the mystery of why the hero has grown so cruel. I'm glad that our students, thanks to our collaboration with ROSKINO, got to see the most recent Russian movies and to be involved in such an important cultural event." Among other features presented in LA were "Good Boy" (dir. Oksana Karas, prod. Vasily Solovyov), "Rag Union" (dir. Mikhail Mestetsky, prod. Roman Borisevich, Aleksandr Kushaev), "Zoology" (dir. Ivan Tverdovsky, prod. Natalya Mokritsky, Mila Rozanova, Ulyana Savelyeva). Sold-out screenings and emotional responses during Q&A sessions proved, once again, the undeniable fact that high-quality Russian filmmaking can generate interest on any continent, regardless of the viewers' age or social standing. Oksana Karas, director:"Considering the current political and cultural climate, it's crucial that Russian movies are promoted and screened abroad. There's nothing more valuable than such acts of mutual trust and interest, expressing the love the two cultures share for movies and for each other. The Russian Film Week is programmed to accommodate various genres. As a result, the audiences get a full view of what goes on in Russian film and, by extension, in our society. As for my movie, it's a comedy, so naturally I was worried how it would be perceived, because of the language barrier. The film was subtitled, and there are so many linguistic jokes in it that had to be accurately translated. But, judging from all the enthusiasm and applause, our story was read correctly!" A famous screenwriter turned director Mikhail Mestetsky unveiled in LA his directorial debut, the teen dramedy "Rag Union". Last February the movie played in the Generation 14+ sidebar at Berlinale. Mikhail Mestetsky, director:"Russian film expansion is just a thing of beauty. What ROSKINO does here helps to establish connections between the two countries, and holds us to certain standards of quality. I'm happy that The Russian Film Week allowed me to present two movies at once: «Rag Union» and «Good Boy», co-written by me and Roman Kantor."  Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling, producers, attended The New Russian Cinema Week:«We were lucky to catch the "Rag Union" screening. It was a real revelation for us––what a terrific movie! A gripping story expertly shot. The audience reactions were also very positive, and the filmmaker was asked a lot of questions. It was funny to find out how the movie had been made. We wish Mikhail many more movies as successful as this one!" The Russian Film Week also screened one of this year's most buzzed-about titles on the festival circuit, Ivan Tverdovsky's "Zoology", already awarded the Jury Prize last June at the Karlovy Vary IFF and later selected for the TIFF Contemporary World Cinema program. Ivan Tverdovsky, director:"It's a huge responsibility to popularize Russian filmmaking abroad, and I'm honored to be a part of it. It's always important to mediate the dialogue between the author and the audience, to hear what the viewers have to say after the screening. Of course, some cultural codes embedded in movies are universal, but still, we're all different. No one left "Zoology" unmoved, and that's just wonderful! The movie struck a chord both with Russians and Americans." The Russian Film Week also screened shorts in different genres: "Brutus" (dir. Konstantin Fam), "Father and Boy" (dir. Evgeny Sinelnikov) and "The Kid" (dir. Vlad Kozlov). Each screening was followed by a Q&A with the crew. Vlad Kozlov, director:"I'm a filmmaker working in Hollywood, so if it hadn't been for ROSKINO my short "The Kid" wouldn't have played at the Russian Film Week in Los Angeles. It's a great boost for my professional development, because for a filmmaker who's neither a household name nor well-connected such festivals and art weeks are the only chance to be heard." Evgeny Sinelnikov, director:"For me, as a Russian director living and working in London, it's really important to preserve the codes of my native culture. No matter where we live and what we make movies about, we're still rooted in Russia's great cultural heritage. That being said, the story told in my film, I am proud to note, had enough universal appeal to resonate with the Russian Film Week audiences in LA. It's a very important ROSKINO initiative that empowers emerging filmmakers."  John Manherz, audience member:"Actually, we Americans know very little about Russian film, so I was really looking forward to this film week. It's a great opportunity to see all the selections and talk to the filmmakers. Thank you for playing not just feature-length movies! Shorts allow the authors to reveal the essence of their ideas in a condensed form. Thanks to Evgeny Sinelnikov for his work. It was really interesting to learn the story behind "Father and Boy," because the film addresses the crucial topic of family values." Konstantin Fam, director:"A short subject is a starting point, a filmmaker's ticket to the big league. The Russian Film Week is an amazing platform for communication, since we're basically stewing in our own juices over in Russia. It was illuminating to receive feedback outside of my home country. After the "Brutus" screening, people walked up to me and said thank you. When you realize that both in Russia and America your product provokes similar emotions, it means it's not "for internal use only": your message is delivered to another continent, so you must've made a decent movie after all." One of the highlights of the Russian Film Week in LA was the presentation of Russia's first sci-fi blockbuster about an alien invasion, Fyodor Bondarchuk's "Attraction". The audience took a sneak peek at the movie's rough cut that includes the most cutting-edge technology available. "Attraction" will be released in January 2017 in Russia and China simultaneously; by December 2nd it will have been dubbed for theatrical release in South Korea, Japan, Germany, and Italy. The Art Pictures Studio team is staying in Hollywood to take part in American Film Market and negotiate the blockbuster's distribution plans.  Dmitry Rudovsky, producer at Art Pictures Studio:"We showed the first clip in Toronto, but we're keeping the plot and production details under wraps for now. At the moment we're finishing up the CGI. After that, we'll need about a month for color grading and sound mixing. We've had 28 drafts of the screenplay. You'll see the final version in late January next year. We support the Russian Film Week, because it signals an important trend: Russian filmmakers have found a niche in the international film industry and are holding their own. Scheduling events like this one right before a huge forum like AFM gives the industry professionals the option of seeing Russian movies before the market opens in earnest. Screening Russian movies as part of a special event was a very wise decision on the part of ROSKINO."Additional info:Jane KovalenkoROSKINO Press Office info@ekovalenko.com+7 916 131 10 00  ***ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally. Since its foundation in 1924 ROSKINO facilitates the integration of the Russian filmmakers into the world industry. In 2014 the company celebrated its 90th anniversary. The company promotes Russian cinema at major film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Beijing, London), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du FIlm and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports distribution of Russian cinema and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships. One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international traveling film market that allows the company to present national cinema at various markets around the world. Since 2012 ROSKINO operates the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles. In 2014 ROSKINO launched a London office, ROSKINO UK. In October, 2014 ROSKINO organized the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum, a high profile event uniting three types of content markets dealing with film, TV and new media that generated a considerable attention in the national and international media industry. The Media Forum attracted 2700 participants from 57 countries from around the world. In May, 2016 ROSKINO became official partner of the Cannes Film Festival international film market Marché du Film, where it presented the program Focus on Russia, which consisted of 12 events ranging from press conferences to showcases of new projects.   ***Katya Mtsitouridze is head of ROSKINO, Channel One film expert, Variety Russia Editor-in-Chief, SPIMF concept developer and general producer. Katya graduated from the Tbilisi State University with an MA in history and film studies. She is the author and narrator of This Is Cinema, a regular show on Russia’s Channel One. She is ROSKINO CEO since 2011. Katya’s portfolio includes diplomas of the film festivals in Cannes and Venice as well as the AFM market in LA. In June, 2001, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival. In May, 2002, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival. In June, 2003, Katya was on the jury for debut films at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival. In May, 2008, she was a member of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the 61th Cannes International Film Festival. Still in 2008, she initiated the creation of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival which she is heading to the present day. From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Mtsitouridze provided PR support in US and Canada for The Edge (Krai), a film by Alexey Uchitel, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the HFPA Golden Globe awards. In September, 2011 she was in charge of the international PR and advertising campaign of Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. In June, 2012 she held the first DOORS International Traveling Film Market of Russian content within the framework of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival. In November, 2012, Katya reached an agreement with HULU, one of the leading US digital platforms, for the VOD release of 12 contemporary Russian titles. In May, 2014 she reached a further agreement for the distribution of CTC Media TV Content through HULU platforms. In October, 2014 Katya held the first edition of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum of which she was the concept developer and general producer. In May, 2016 Katya curated the program Focus on Russia at the Cannes international film market, Marché du Film.   Katya is a member of FIPRESCI, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, the Russian and International Unions of Journalists, the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. She also holds an MA in History.
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