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RUSSIAN SECTION STRONGER THAN EVER AT THE EFM Over 20 Russian producers brought more than 50 projects to BerlinFebruary 21. MOSCOW – Russian filmmakers present their line-up at two co-branded venues this year: at the Created in Moscow stand, organized by Moscow Export Center, and at the Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide, organized by Russian film promotion agency Roskino with the support of the Russia’s Ministry of Culture. Created in Moscow gathers 17 Moscow-based film companies, including Central Partnership(“Chernobyl. Abyss", "Last Frontier", "Son of a rich", "Silver skates"), Art Pictures Distribution("Invasion"," Ice-2","The Sputnik", as well as "A dog named Palma" from Mars Media Entertainment & Amedia Production), Premier Studios ("Identification", "The Documentalist. Ghost hunter"), SREDA production company(“Irregulars”", "Ask Martha"), Planeta Inform("AK-47", "Coma", "Robo"), Wizart("Hansel and Gretel",  “The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands”, "Sheep and wolves: Pig deal", "Fantastic return to Oz"), Riki Group("Finnick"),Mint Films International("47”, "The Battle", "Coronation"), All Media("A Frenchman", "The Hero", "The last warrior: Root of Evil"), Russian World Vision("The Watchman", "Red Ghost", "Motherland", "Port"), Revolution film("The Flame", "Mistresses", "Ain't girls game", "Run”), Odin-Media("The Tolstoy defenсe", “Land of bears”, “Siberia. The nomads in time”, “Urartu. The forgotten kingdom"), KD Studios("Identity", "Project Gemini", "Impious", "Forgotten experiment"), Red Carpet Studio("Space Dr. Cat", "Blinky and Knobby"), as well as Flysoundand Main Road Post.Created in Moscow also hosts Vega Film, which presents "In Deep Sleep" by Maria Ignatenko, selected for the Berlinale Forum program(the company's slate also includes projects "Valter", "It`s not her name”and"Conference"). More details on Created in Moscow participants to be found below. “Supporting creative industries export, including film and animation industry, is among the key priorities of the Moscow government. That’s why we send such a delegation to European Film Market, where Moscow-based players will be able to expand and present their projects to wide audiences worldwide”, – comments Alexey Fursin, head of Moscow department of Enterpreneurship and Innovative Development. “EFM is the first must-attend event of the year, and the first showcase of new Russian content. As Russian industry is aspiring to become one of the top content exporters in Europe, it is crucial for us to have such a strong representation on Europe’s largest film market, including a large delegation of Moscow-based companies, working under Created in Moscow brand. In 2020, when the federal incentives system is put in place, we want to show that Russian market provides great offers with top class professionals, high production value and technologies”, says Evgeniya Markova, a head of Roskino, a state organization responsible for promotion Russian content worldwide.Mars Media("A Dog named Palma", "Unknown Battle", "Sabre Dance", "Secret weapon"),RFG("The Last Trial", "Businessmen", "Viy 3D"), Mirsand ("FAU", "Blue Whale”), Proline Film(“Faust”, “Five percent”, “While the sun still burns”, “Palmyra”, “Through the black glass”, “Kharms”), Igmar(“The Oath”, “At The Moon”, “The End of the Season”, “The Fourth Wall”), Radragon ("Russian Raid"), Cinedoc("The Time Guardians"), as well asMosfilmwill be hosted at the Roskino stand. More information about companies and projects is below. Voenfilmwill also present several projects in partnership with Roskino, including "The Frozen North", made in co-production with Italy and Germany. The dramatic story of nine men standing on the melting Arctic ice has international cast, starring Daniel Caltagirone, Franco Nero, David Kross, Brian Webber. The company also brings "Saving Pushkin"by Igor Ugolnikov set in 1944, and "Last Frontier"by Vadim Shmelev and Igor Ugolnikov about the feat of cadets of the Podolsk artillery and infantry schools near Moscow in 1941. International sales are handled by Central Partnership. Apart from the market, this year Russian films are selected for different programs of the festival. Berlinale Shorts includes the animated film "My galactic twin Galaktion” by Sasha Svirsky (presented by Master-film company). Maria Ignatenko`s debut "In Deep Sleep"is selected for the Forum. Vadim Perelman's "Persian lessons" got in the Berlinale Special program. Andrey Gryazev's "Cotlovan"will be presented within the Panorama program, Metrafilms company will showcase the series project "Pawns”at the Co-Pro Series pitching. Created in Moscow Central Partnershiphas a particularly strong package of high budget titles for EFM 2020.Drama “Chernobyl.Abyss”recounts one of the key events of the cleanup operation in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The film is directed by Danila Kozlovskyand produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Danila Kozlovsky. The company will screen the premiere footage in Berlin.The distributor brings 3 projects from "Three T Productions" studio: “Silver Skates”, the magnificent winter adventure se in the 19th Century Saint Petersburg, directed by Mikhail Lokshin, and actiondisaster “Fire”by Alexey Nuzhniy, both set for release in December 2020, as well as sport drama “Streltsov”by Ilya Uchitel inspired by life and sport career of the most famous soviet football player Eduard Streltsov.Central Partnership is also presenting new titles, like WWII film “Last Frontier”by Vadim Shmelev and the highest-grossing Russian comedy of all time “Son of a rich”by Klim Shipenko, which broke the box office record in Russia. The key title from Art Pictures Distribution is “Invasion”by Fedor Bondarchuk, which premiered in Russia in January 2020. In the sci-fi story, while Earth is under the threat of alien invasion after an UFO crush, there’s the only girl who’s been in contact with an alien – her supernatural powers, feelings and emotions to be examined by the military and scientists. Art Pictures also presents “Ice 2”by Zhora Kryzhovnikov, created in co-production with Vodorod, and another sci-fi project – “The Sputnik”by Yegor Abramenko. The company also brings “A dog named Palma”co-produced by Mars Media Entertainment and Amedia Production. The movie, directed by Alexandr Domogarov, is inspired by a true story about the adventures of a shepherd dog left in the airport by her owner.All Media Companypresents “The Last warrior: Root of evil”, a sequel to “The Last Warrior”movie by Dmitriy Dyachenko, co-produced by Disney, Yellow, Black and White and TV Channel Rossiya. The distributor also brings “A Frenchman”by Andrey Smirnov, a drama about the French student in Russia searching for his Russian father, selected by International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Perspectives programme. “The Hero”, spy action by Karen Oganesyan, tells a story of a Secret Service school graduate running away from the security forces.Mint Films Internationalbrings “47”by Alexey Uchitel. After Viktor Tsoi, the famous Soviet rock star, dies in a car accident on a Latvian highway, a party of mourners – the bus driver involved in the tragic accident, Tsoi's wife and her new boyfriend, his mistress, his producer, his young son and an obsessed photographer – all head back to bring his body to Leningrad. The Russian-Latvian project is in post-production and set to premiere this year.The line-up also includes a historical mini-series “Coronation”by Alexey Uchitel, as well as “The battle”about a passionate street dancer and a comedy – “Another woman”by Anna Parmas. Planeta Informwill present its renewed line-up and the market premiere of much-awaited sci-fi feature “Coma”by Nikita Argunov about an architect who finds himself in the odd dystopian world filled with the memories of coma patients. Another market premiere by Planeta Inform is a new action biopic “AK-47”by Konstantin Buslov that tells a story of invention of the legendary gun – Kalashnikov by a young self-taught former tank commander Mikhail Kalashnikov. The last but not the least is the family sci-fi comedy “Robo”by Sarik Andreasyan, that tells a touching story of friendship between a boy and a robot.Vega Film, hosted at Created in Moscow, presents ‘In deep sleep’by Maria Ignatenko, selected for the Forum this year.  The story looks at the feelings of loss, centering on a man whose wife has died, so all his world goes into deep slumber. Apart from Maria Ignatenko’s debut, the company brings to Berlin a line-up of new titles.“It’s not her name” by Veta Geraskina tells the story of a woman who abandoned her child after giving birth and is now trying to find out as much as possible about her imprisoned 17-year old daughter, who knows perfectly who her mother is.“Conference”by Ivan Tverdovsky is in pre-production now, set for 2021. The film tells about a woman involved in the terrorist attack in Moscow in 2002, who comes to commemorate the victims and discovers the tragic details of her own story. Another pre-production title is “Valter”by Robert Def set in 1990s. A conflict bursts in the Caucasus, so the hero sets off from Moscow to his homeland to save or bury his mother.Russian World Vision presents “The Watchman”, a new drama by Yury Bykov about a devoted watchman who decides to help a hiding couple. The slate also includes a war movie “Red Ghost”by Andrey Bogatyrev about a group of Soviet soldiers caught in an unequal battle with the enemy during the WWII as well as “Motherland”by Sarik Andreasyan about several Russian emigrants who moved abroad forever, and action movie “Fixer”set in the 2000-s in Russia. RWV also presents “Port”, a story about growing up in tough conditions, and “Atakan. Bloody legend”about a group of history students who descend into the catacombs of St. Petersburg to find the legendary boulder where pagans had sacrificed humans for centuries... Premier Studiosbring two series. “The Identification”is a detective thriller that tells the story of an apparently fragile girl in the world of illegal immigrants, brutal criminals and law enforcement officers. This is an uncompromising genre project from the director of auteur cinema Vladlena Sandu. The project was earlier selected for Series Mania Festival, Moscow International Film Festival and Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF).“The Documentalist. Ghost Hunter”is a thriller from Ilya Kulikov (“Chernobyl. Exclusion Zone”, “The Blackout”). This is the story of a young director who, in order to become famous, takes up the study of paranormal topics and suddenly encounters forces that it was better not to touch.Sreda Production company also brings its new series: “The irregulars”and “Ask Martha”about a brilliant lawyer who only protects women.Revolution Film,one of the key Moscow productions, will present 4 projects at EFM. “The Flame”by Valeriy Fokin is a fantasy about the confrontation between the aliens and the leaders of the superpowers of the Earth. “Mistresses”by Elena Hazanov is a comedy about revenge of the offended women who had been hurt and cheated on. The company also brings “Ain't girls game”, a film about a local female football team and “Run”, focusing on the athletics champion who accidentally gets a superpower and with the help of this he enters into a fight with a serial killer.KD Studiosoffers “Project gemini”, a space adventure fantasy where the ecological crisis threatens the Earth, so the only chance to save the mankind is to create a new home in space. Another title is “Forgotten experiment”, focusing on the story of Ethan Blake, an inventor and scientist, and a team of researchers setting out on an expedition on a deserted island. The company’s line-up also includes the “Impious”thriller by Sergey Pikalov about a group of teenagers cruelly murdered by a demon, and “Identity”, focusing on the story of a special forces soldier who performs risky missions. Odin-Mediabrings a wide documentary slate: “Land of bears”, “Siberia. The nomads in time”about the unexplored territories of Russia and “Urartu. The forgotten kingdom” about the most ancient state on Earth, its history and its unique background. “The Tolstoy defenсe”is a feature film based on true events, the story of an innocent soldier accused of a crime, who gets the support of the world-known writer Leo Tolstoy. Wizartpresents “Hansel & Gretel”feature as a start of the brand-new franchise for domestic and global market. The project is developed in partnership with the American QED International, the US-based film production, and is set to premiere at the end of 2020. The story is based on the famous fairytale by the Grimm brothers and will have a TV series spin-off – the Hansel & Gretel seriesis now in pre-development.The studio also brings “The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands”, part 4 of the famous franchise about Gerda and Snow Queen. The company’s also working on the TV spin-off here – “The Snow Queen: Keepers of Wonders”. The slate also includes “Sheep and wolves: Pig deal” feature and “Fantastic return to Oz”from Melnitsa studio.Riki Grouppresents “Finnick”, the feature film about a young finn who makes pranks on the families who live in his house. Yet everything changes when a new family moves in and Finnick makes friends with a 13-year-old girl. The title is now in production, the story written by Denis Chernov and Tatyana Belova in cooperation with the Hollywood scriptwriter Neil Landau. Red Carpet Studio, a new player in the kids’ content market, brings “Space dr. Cat”, an educational and entertainment toy show with elements of 2D animation. The first 12 episodes have already gained a million views on Youtube – so, the first two seasons are getting dubbed in English, while the third one is in production. Another title – “Blinky and Knobby”is a dialogue-free 3D web series available in Russia and CIS at Ivi.ru, as well as in USA and Canada at AmebaTV. The Bugabooz series, telling about the descendants of mythical creatures who help children overcome their fears and find human feelings in themselves, is now in development.           Roskino stand«IGMAR»presents «The Oath» – a historical drama based on a true story about the fate and feat of the chief medical officer of the Sevastopol psychiatric hospital, Naum Balaban. The company will also present a bright and dynamic movie «At the Moon»by Egor Konchalovsky about Russian “rich kids” and their attitude towards life, «The End of the Season»by Konstantin Khudyakov, as well as  «The Fourth Wall»by Anton Galimzyanov – the author’s reflection on how people will try to relive the lost emotions of the past in the distant «sterile» future.RFGbrings «Viy 3D»movie, based on the famous novel by Nikolay Gogol, an action movie«The Last Trial», a criminal drama «Businessmen»and quite a big catalog of other titles («Areas», «She», «Gentle indifference of the world»).Mars Mediaprojects at EFM 2020 include a military drama about the Great Patriotic War «Unknown Battle», a biographical drama «Sabre Dance»about the story of Aram Khachaturian's great musical composition, and“A dog named Palma”,co-produced with Amedia Production (international sales handled by Art Pictures Distribution). The war action “T-34”is also co-produced with Amedia Production, Rossiya-1 and “Three T Productions”.Mirsandpresents adventure drama «FAU»by Timur Bekmambetov, and a movie based on real events about the «death groups» in Russian social networks with the working title «Blue Whale».Proline Film Studiowill showcase a trailer for «Palmyra»project by Ivan Bolotnikov. The company will also show «The Flight»by Alexander Zolotukhin, «Five Percent»by Dmitry Svetozarov and «While the sun still burns»written by Mikhail Tyazhev, which are currently in development, and films «Through the Black Glass»and «Kharms».Cinedocwill present the game film «The Time Guardians» by Alexey Telnov, created for wide family audience. It is an exciting phantasmagoric story about the adventures of a girl Ksenia in a Dark city, which she will find herself in after an accident. Radragonoffers «Russian Raid» by Denis Kryuchkov, an action film about a former special forces soldier.Mosfilm, the major Russian cinema concern, is also presenting its slate at Roskino. For media requestsCreated in MoscowRoskinoLera PaksyalinaAlex ZinovkinE:paksyalina@expocontent.ruE: pr@roskino.orgM: + 7 985 151 92 77M: +7 (919) 960 41 18

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The friendly ROSKINO team and hundreds of our friends and partners in Russia and worldwide congratulate our beloved chief Katya Mtsitouridze with her birthday! Thank you for every day of collaboration!We wishevery day joy, strong health, happiness, success in business and personal life, plenty of new projects for promotion of Russian cinema!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤Love you and always together with you!

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OUTCOMES OF THE RUSSIAN PARTICIPATION AT THE AFM 2019 The anniversary 40th edition of the American Film Market (AFM), one of the most important industry events of the year and the biggest market in North America, took place in early November of 2019. For the 9th time this year Roskino endorsed by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation partnered with the AFM.This year’s line-up featured over 7000 global industry professionals, including 375 registered exhibitors, including 77 new names from 22 countries. Combined they were representing thousands of films and projects in every stage of production.The US had the biggest presence with 160 companies, followed by the UK (31), France (26), Russia (19), South Korea (17), Germany (12), Italy (8), Romania (8), and Thailand (8).AFM also hosted more than 400 screenings of 313 films from 114 exhibiting companies, including a record of 80 world premieres. In addition, more than 25 of the Academy Award entries submitted for consideration for the ‘Best International Film’ category were among the titles represented at this year’s market.The AFM industry program included a variety of conferences, panels, workshops and presentations covering every aspect of content creation from financing and production to post production, marketing, and distribution. AFM 2019 identified several main trends that are likely to be relevant for the global industry over the next few years, including an increase in streaming platforms and the launch of rebate systems in new territories around the globe.On November 10, Roskino in association with the Producers Guild of America and Producers Without Borders held a conference on Producing in Russia: Navigating International Co-Productions from IP to Delivery.The panel featured top industry professionals, including Steven Beer, legal counsel and managing partner of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo P.C. representing leading entertainment industry content providers, and Steven Adams, producer, President of Alta Global Media. The event was presented by Roskino CEO, TV1 anchor Katya Mtsitouridze and Co-Chair of the PGA International Committee, Producers Without Borders founder Kayvan Mashayekh.The debate was dominated by the new decree on state subsidies for ‘cinema organizations providing services for international audio-visual content production on Russian territory’ that allows international partners to get back up to 30% or even 40% of production costs incurred in Russia. The panellists discussed the new film subsidy system in much detail, dwelling on co-production options from the perspective of the Russian version of rebates. The conversation touched upon several relevant issues such as the characteristic aspects of filming in Russia, the experience of international co-productions, and providing appealing content for global audiences, and many more aspects of globalization in film industry.Kayvan Mashayekh, Co-Chair of the PGA International Committee, Producers Without Borders founder‘Russia is pregnant with so many stories, from its history and its past, that a lot of people outside of Russia do not know about. It is a great way to build a bridge and connect to new audiences and find a way to work with Russian counterparts in finding stories to tell.The rebate incentives are going to take time to implement and they're going to take time to actually find a way to become a reality for co-productions to actually flourish. People will start using them and finding a way to trust one another and to establish contacts and connections that turn out to be a real thing, then other companies can become more aware and other people may find out about it. The world's got enough politics as it is, and here the key thing is to try to concentrate on the human element of the story and connections. At the end of the day, it's just one word. And that word is trust. It is all about trust and working with partners you trust. When you do that, a lot of things flow naturally from that relationship. Roskino is a company that goes back for over 95 years. All this time it has been around, promoting Russian cinema around the world. And it has a very high profile due to the efforts of the new team. It is an ideal base to start creating an avenue of trust between the countries.'Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO‘AFM is one of the biggest events of the global film industry, the culmination of the whole sales year. After the market companies are ready to sum up their annual results. The event is attended by all the key industry stakeholders. We had a series of meetings with the top management of several American companies to discuss possibilities of co-productions in Russia and witnessed a keen interest. At this point we must implement the rebate system in a way that would enable a consistent and sustainable process yielding good films. This is why it was especially important for Russia to be present at the market. We are happy to acknowledge that in spite of a complicated international situation and the level of political misunderstanding between our two countries, the reactions of our global colleagues at the AFM and especially our American hosts were unfailingly friendly, welcoming, and full of trust. This year’s edition showed a marked trend of growing interest in Russian productions presented at the Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella stand as well as those brought by individual content providers. Our special thanks go to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the United States in Moscow for assisting us with visas for all members of the Russian film delegation.'Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella standThe Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella stand at theLoews Santa Monica hotel brought together a number of regular Russian participants, including All Media Company, Planeta Inform Group,Mirsand Ltd. owned by Timur Bekmambetov, Mosfilm Studios, and other major national producers and distributors. The booth also showcased the updated version of DOORS international travelling film market featuring over 40 Russian projects of 20182019.All Media Company displayed several recent projects, including The Hero, a secret service thriller directed by Karen Oganesyan that was subject to negotiations with buyers from France, Italy, and the US. Saving Leningrad by Aleksey Kozlov has been sold to China and Taiwan, and negotiations are going on with Italy. Many territories took an interest in Coupled by Timofey Zhalnin while The Conquest of Siberia by Igor Zaytsev was sold to the UK.Zhanna Shakhshaeva, All Media Head of international Department:‘We had over 40 meetings, mostly with representatives of key territories like France, Italy, America, Japan, Korea, Spain, and China. Many of the visitors reported on the shrinking capacity of the event. However, at the Roskino stand we had a very busy time. All buyers comment upon the high quality of the Russian content, including the projects in our portfolio. Our goal is to go on keeping the bar high.’The Santa Monica slate of Planeta Inform Group featured 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:‘We have worked hard at the AFM, focusing on Coma, Robot, ând AK-47, aka Kalashnikov. As a result, Coma was sold to France and Italy, Robo found an Italian distributor, Kalashnikov was acquired by France and Japan, The Lenin Factor by Japan, Unforgiven by Latin America. We hope to follow up on these deals with a number of other agreements regarding our key titles in the coming weeks, and draw up a total balance at a later stage.'Mirsand Ltd distributors showcased Fau by Dmitry Kiselev, a new Timur Bekmambetov project currently in production. The plot is based on the true story of a valiant Soviet pilot of WWII times who managed to escape Nazi captivity by hi-jacking an enemy plane and bringing along a top secret German weapon. The total AFM sales amounted to about $125 thousand.Valeria Dobrolyubova, Mirsand Ltd. Head of Sales:‘At the market we negotiated with all the key international territories regarding Fau, our new project slated for a 2020 release. Our Baltic and French partners are willing to sign an agreement on the basis of the available summary and the standing of our company known for its recent release of The Age of Pioneers. Our partners from Asia and Central Europe are looking forward to the first promo materials in order to complete the negotiations on Fau.’More info:ROSKINO Press RelationsNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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PRODUCING IN RUSSIA: NAVIGATING INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS FROM IP TO DELIVERY. ROSKINO CONFERENCE AT AFM 2019 On November 10, ROSKINO in association with the Producers Without Borders held a conference on Producing in Russia: Navigating International Co-Productions from IP to Delivery.The AFM panel in Santa Monica featured top industry professionals, including Steven Beer, legal counsel and managing partner of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo P.C. representing leading entertainment industry content providers; Steven Adams, producer, President of Alta Global Media, former executive producer of the French visual effects company BUF (Avatar, Life of Pi, Thor) and partner of Buffalo 8 productions. The event was presented by ROSKINO CEO, TV1 anchor Katya Mtsitouridze and Co-Chair of the PGA International Committee, Producers Without Borders founder Kayvan Mashayekh.Kayvan Mashayekh, Producers Without Borders founderThe most exciting thing about the conference was being able to educate the people at the AFM about the potential for storytelling in Russia, to bring forth the more positive aspects of our relationship and find a common denominator in storytelling. In fact, the matter is that in today’s world we are looking for a way to connect with our audiences through a relationship with the content you are creating. And Russia is pregnant with so many stories, from its history and its past, that a lot of people outside of Russia do not know about. It is a great way to build a bridge and connect to new audiences and find a way to work with Russian counterparts in finding stories to tell. At the end of the day, it is all about trust and working with partners you trust. ROSKINO is a company that goes back for over 95 years. All this time it has been around, promoting Russian cinema around the world. And it has a very high profile due to the efforts of the new team. It is an ideal base to start creating an avenue of trust between the countries. International productions will start using the recent rebate system and find a way to establish contacts and connections that turn out to be a real thing, then technical and legal issues be sorted out.’It was during the AFM that the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on ‘cinema organizations providing services for international audio-visual content production on Russian territory’ that allows international partners to get back up to 30% or even 40% of production costs incurred in Russia. The panellists discussed the new film subsidy system in much detail, dwelling on co-production options from the perspective of the Russian version of rebates.The legendary producer Avi Lerner, the person behind Rambo and The Expendables franchise, was a guest of honour at the panel. He shared some personal insights on security arrangements for future contracts:‘In my experience, the best way of dealing with financial issues in Russia and other countries with volatile economies such as Bulgaria or Romania is to get a bank to step in to leverage the project. If there is a bank with real money things tend to work out. Not the government, with all due respect for the Russian, Bulgarian, or Rumanian public institutions. I don’t believe the government should play a role. A bank should step in, get the money and transfer it back to the global producer. Then the project can take advantage of the rebate and make a movie for $6 million instead of $10 million. Especially since the rouble is coming down, which is another advantage. That’s the way you should do it, only based on real money.’The discussion touched upon several relevant issues such as the characteristic aspects of filming in Russia, the experience of international co-productions, and providing appealing content for global audiences.Steven Adams, Producer, Alta Global Media President:‘I thought the conference was really exciting. The idea of an incentive in Russia is, I think, going to send reverberations around the world. It will be interesting to see how banks react to it, how the studios and networks react to it, and how production companies move forward. But I think all these questions will be answered in a very short time. The initiative is interesting and we are soon going to discover how it works out in Russia. Under the current system only the Russian partners can get subsidized, not the international studios. But there are different ways to look at it. If you get a rebate you can either lower your budget and put the money into the budget, or the Russian holding company can disperse the money to a foreign partner or a studio.’Steven Beer, legal counsel, managing partner at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo P.C:‘I work on a lot of co-productions and I was very pleased to participate in the panel. The new production incentive opens up tremendous opportunities, it has put Russia among the top jurisdictions for co-productions. The tax incentive means an ability to collaborate with qualified production companies for worldwide projects. So, the decree is a very significant step to become more competitive with other countries that have tax incentives. Of course, the culture of collaboration needs to change, including the ability for international financing, so that banks can leverage the tax incentives and cash flow the productions. That’s something that needs to come down the line and I’m looking forward to playing a role in that.’The tax rebate system is only a first step as there are also a number of legal issues to bring to a common denominator. Alexey Ageyev, Executive Vice President for Scripted Content at TNT network, was most enthusiastic to find a solution:‘International talents are normally entitled to royalties, that is, to a percentage of box office revenues. In Russia the system only works for A-level stars, and the same rule applies to directors. In the US, on the other hand, everyone has to comply with certain rules that are very strict on certain guidelines, with the director entitled to future royalties under contract. In Russia there is no legal system to regulate this issue and it is very hard to get it into contract agreements. In order to solve the problem one has to go for an intermediate company which is a signatory to the Guild and has the right to make deals with the Guilds and manage intellectual rights for actors and directors. At this point we have to mirror the same conditions the intermediary promises to the Guilds, and it is not totally clear how this mechanism is going to work. But in order to set up efficient international co-productions we’ll need legal advice and experts that would be able to reconcile the global and the Russian content production systems.’All panellists agreed that the implementation of the recent rebate initiative of the Russian government depends largely on building a relationship of trust between the future partners and the selection of qualified professionals for joint projects. At this point the panellists thanked ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze for her long-term commitment and consistent efforts to keep the global film community informed about the recent updates in rules, regulations, and possibilities available in Russia.Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO‘Russia has unique filming traditions, unparalleled locations, top talent, and world class productions qualified to take part in international projects of any scale. Selecting the right partner while filming in a new destination is one of the key factors of success, or otherwise. I know of many co-production projects that ended up never being released. For instance, the amazing Tulpan by Sergey Dvortsevoy, winner of Un Certain Regard section in Cannes that never got a theatrical release due to an unresolved issue between the Russian and the German producers. Today the comprehensive database of ROSKINO includes over 100 Russian productions of all sizes and specializations. We go on monitoring the local market and are always in touch with the Ministry of Culture in order to keep our international colleagues updated on all Russian film-related news during important festivals and markets.’The conference was attended by 150 industry professionals from around the globe, including Russian and international producers, sales agents, distributors, investors, representatives of insurance companies and trust funds.The AFM industry program includes a variety of conferences, panels, workshops and presentations aimed at facilitating project development. They cover every aspect of content creation from financing and production to post production, marketing, and distribution. AFM 2019 identified several main trends that are likely to be relevant for the global industry over the next few years, including an increase in streaming platforms and the launch of rebate systems in new territories around the globe.Photomaterials are on the following link More info:ROSKINO Press RelationsNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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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 StandThe 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 20182019. 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.’More info:ROSKINO Press RelationsNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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RUSSIAN FILMS AT THE 63rd BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL The 63rd BFI London Film Festival (BFI LFF), one of the top global film events, finished on October 13. This year’s programme took place from 2 to 13 October.ROSKINO endorsed by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation supported the Russian presence in London for the 8th time during this edition.The line-up showcased 229 feature titles by acknowledged and aspiring filmmakers from all over the world, films that were set to entertain and inspire as well as tackle the urgent issues of our time. This year’s BFI LFF edition included 28 world premieres, 12 international premieres, and 28 European premieres with over 60% of films across all sections from a female director or co-director.The winner of the Best Film award in the main competition was Monos by Alejandro Landes from Brazil. The jury was headed by director Wash Westmoreland whose latest film Earthquake Bird was also screened in this year’s event.The Sutherland award of the first feature competition went to Atlantics, a drama by the actress, director and writer Mati Diop created in French-Senegalese-Belgian co-production.This section’s jury was led by Austrian director Jessica Hausner whose Little Joe was also playing at LFF.To complement the screenings, the programme featured a selection of industry events including discussions, panels, public talks, and workshops.For the 8th time this year ROSKINO partnered with LFF to promote Russian films and advise the festival programmers on the recent developments of the Russian film scene.The Russian contribution to this edition’s line-up provided four remarkable entries. Beanpole by Kantemir Balagov, an Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov production, enjoyed a great success in London. Previously the drama had received the Un Certain Regard Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film in Cannes. The title had also featured in the prestigious Contemporary World Cinema section at TIFF. It is scheduled for a North American release and selected as the Russian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards.Alexander Rodnyansky, Beanpole producer:‘The UK premiere of Beanpole took place at Curzon Soho, one of the oldest theatres of London. It was fully packed by a wonderful public that made possible a beautiful Q&A session. The British press of the film was amazing, including a highly positive review by the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, one of the most influential critics of the world, who gave our film the rarest maximum grade of five stars. All of this generated a lot of buzz in the run-up to the UK theatrical release that launched right after the LFF. Beanpole had been acquired by MUBI, one of the top independent film distributors. As always, we are grateful to Roskino for the worldwide support of Russian films at top global events.'The LFF shorts section included Good Heart, an animation by Evgenia Zhirkova, and Cunningham, a documentary 3D biopic by Alla Kovgan celebrating the legendary American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham.The brilliant US-based Russian director Kirill Mikhanovsky showcased Give Me Liberty, a poetic and dramatic look on the three generations of an emigrant Russian family and their daily struggles in Milwaukee, a story full of genuine empathy and emotion. The world premiere had taken place at Sundance, during the most important independent film event of the world. In May, 2019 the title had also featured in the Directors’ Fortnight line-up in Cannes where the press conference set in the Russian Pavilion by ROSKINO attracted over 200 global media professionals and led to great reviews. The London festival continued along the same lines. The story of freedom and love against all odds was an instant success both with the professionals and the general public.Kirill Mikhanovsky, Give Me Liberty director‘I was very happy to learn that my film would be presented in London with the support of ROSKINO. I am really impressed by the work of Katya Mtsitouridze’s Roskino team which is doing a great job of promoting Russian film trends worldwide, especially when it takes going beyond the national frontiers and dealing with films such as Give Me Liberty which was produced in the USA. On the other hand, it is no wonder since Katya was among the first ones to see our no budget film and fall in love with it. She appreciated the story long before it was applauded in Cannes and was instrumental in bringing the whole cast and crew to the festival. I am forever grateful to Roskino for taking part in the festival and theatrical success of our film.’Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO‘This year’s LFF edition was fantastic, best films were brought here from festivals around the world, and the selection was amazing. Our entries profiled very well, they blended perfectly into the global context of films tackling the most urgent issues of our society. The humanistic focus of these excellent titles contributed to their success in London. ROSKINO has been supporting the Russian presence at LFF for eight years and this season has been one of the best. We are in a perfect position to go on showcasing the latest and brightest Russian projects at the AFM in LA.’More info:ROSKINO Press RelationsNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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