RUSSIAN PRESENCE AT THE AFM AMERICAN FILM MARKET
The anniversary 40th edition of the American Film Market (AFM) is taking place in Los Angeles (USA) from November 6 to November 13, 2019. Every year over 7.000 industry professionals from more than 80 countries gather in Santa Monica to attend the market and its side programs. AFM is one of the most important film events of the world and the biggest market of North America. International producers, buyers, distributors, legal advisors, and investors participate in conferences, panels, special sessions and presentations.
For the 9th time this year Roskino supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation partners with the AFM market.
On November 10 Roskino jointly with the Producers Guild of America and the Producers Without Borders association is hosting a panel on Producing in Russia: Navigating International Co-Productions from IP to Delivery. The participants are going to discuss international cooperation in film and TV along with key issues and perspectives of co-productions. What kind of content has the best chance to travel across borders to attract global audiences? Which challenges and restrictions should international producers anticipate while planning to film in Russia? What are the incentives Russia is going to offer to international producers filming in the country? What is the best way to attract large scale productions? These and other hot issues that are becoming ever more relevant for the global film and TV industry as the Russian market expands will be brought to the table at the conference moderated by Roskino CEO and TV1 presenter Katya Mtistouridze and Kayvan Mashayekh, founder of the Producers Without Borders association and Co-Chairman of the International committee of the Producers Guild of America.
Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:
‘The new incentives for international producers prepared by the Ministry of Culture are reframing Russia as an interesting destination for film and TV content as well as streaming platform series. The new system has to be in line with the global standards to become fully operational. The panel will allow us to discuss all the advantages and pitfalls of the Russian version of rebates, or the system of partial refund of the budget spent in production on the Russian territory. The issue is subject to a lively debate.’
The list of panelists includes Steven Beer, entertainment attorney and managing partner at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, Steven Adams, producer, president at Alta Entertainment, and Alexander Rodnyansky, producer, co-owner of Non-Stop Productions and founder of AR Content.
Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide Umbrella Stand
The Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide at the 40th edition of AFM brings together 17 Russian film companies. The booth at the Loews Santa Monica hotel presents the updated version of DOORS international travelling film market featuring over 40 Russian projects of 2018/2019. The list of participants traditionally includes All Media Company, Planeta Inform Group, Mirsand Ltd. owned by Timur Bekmambetov, Mosfilm Studios, and other major national producers and distributors.
All Media Company is selling Timofey Zhalnin’s thriller Coupled that follows a young couple lost in the vast Siberian forest and The Frenchman, a period drama by Andrey Smirnov, homage to one of the first Soviet dissidents Alexander Ginzburg. The catalogue also features The Hero, a secret service thriller directed by Karen Oganesyan, starring Alexander Petrov, Vladimir Mashkov, and Svetlana Khodchenkova.
Zhanna Shakhshaeva, All Media Head of international Department:
‘All Media Company is a regular at the Roskino AFM stand, and 2019 is no exception. Our line-up includes several new titles such as Coupled, the new award-winning thriller by Timofey Zhalnin, as well as The Frenchman by Andrey Smirnov and The Hero, a recent national and international action thriller directed by Karen Oganesyan. At the market we hope to finalize the agreements for several remaining territories.’
The Santa Monica slate of Planeta Inform Group features Coma by Nikita Argunov, Robo by Sarik Andreasyan, The Lenin Factor by Vladimir Khotinenko, and the recent Kalashnikov biopic by Konstantin Buslov.
Anastasia Bankovskaya, Planeta Inform International Sales Director:
‘This year’s edition of AFM is marked by market premieres of Coma directed by Nikita Argunov and Robo, a family adventure thriller by Sarik Andreasyan. Both titles have generated quite a buzz among global buyers and we hope to cover the key territories.
Other highlights are two period dramas slated for national release this fall, namely The Lenin Factor by Vladimir Khotinenko and the recent Mikhail Kalashnikov biopic by Konstantin Buslov.
At the moment we are following up on negotiations started in Toronto with Middle East, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Korea, Japan, and the US’.
Mirsand Ltd distributors is selling Fau by Dmitry Kiselev, a new Timur Bekmambetov project currently in production. The plot is based on a true story of a valiant Soviet pilot of WWII who managed to escape Nazi captivity hi-jacking an enemy plane and bringing along a top secret German weapon. Hitler had no chance of winning the war without it.
Valeria Dobrolyubova, Mirsand Ltd. Head of Sales:
‘We are proud to present Fau, a new project by The Spacewalker producer Timur Bekmambetov directed by Dmitry Kiselev. The creative duo undertakes another study of the nature of true, unrelenting heroism. We are sure that international buyers are going to do the story full justice.’
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