Key Buyers Event
The Key Buyers Event is a unique event which is uniting the world's leading buyers of media content and the best Russian producers of films, series and animated products. The event is organized by Roskino with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Documentary landscape. Nonfiction around the globe
For many years the documentary market has been built around the "TV commissioning - Film Festivals - Limited Theatre Release'' scheme. However, the rapid growth of web platforms, documentary series formats, and democratization of the documentary production have made the path from creator to the worldwide audience more feasible, allowing the genre to quickly adapt to new realities and bringing the most up-to-date topics to the screen. Established leading documentary professionals will discuss how the landscape is constantly changing, where it was before the pandemic and will discuss possible scenarios for independent film creators and distributors following the pandemic.

Date of recording: June 5, 2020
Participants:
Annie Roney, Founder and CEO, ro*co films
Andy Whittaker, Founder and Chairman of Dogwoof
Sofia Kapkova, Founder and CEO, Documentary Film Center, Nonfiction.film VOD Platform
Ove Rishøj Jensen, Documentary mentor, consultant, producer

Moderator:
Georgy Molodtsov, Director, Producer, Programmer of MIFF documentary sections, Chairman of the Board of Russian Documentary Guild
State structures: how does Russia support the export of creative industries and collaboration with international filmmakers
State support is crucial for long-term development within the international market. Representatives of the key state structures of the Russian Federation will explain how they support creative industries and encourage export contracts, and highlight opportunities the country holds for international filmmakers now and after the pandemic.

Date of recording: June 5, 2020
Participants:
Maxim Ksenzov, Deputy Minister of culture of Russian Federation
Alexey Fursin, Head of the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovations
Evgenia Markova, CEO of Roskino
Nikita Gusakov, Senior VP of "Russian Export Center", CEO "EXIAR"
Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO of Moskino, Moscow Film Commission

Moderator:
Susanna Alperina, Film and TV editor, "Rossiyskaya gazeta"
Resuming film production in the new world
With film production around the world shut down for the past two months, the film industry is faced with a myriad of challenges following the industry screeching to a halt. Countries around the world have begun issuing guidelines to safely resume film and TV production in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. In what will be a wide-ranging discussion, our panel will exchange ideas on how we can safely get the cameras rolling again and what the new normal looks like.

Date of recording: June 3, 2020
Participants:
Jess Conoplia, President, Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)
Pavlína Žipková, Head of Czech Film Commission
Einar Hansen Tómasson, Film Commissioner, Iceland Film Commission
Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of West Coast Production at HBO
Alexander Kessel, Founder and Producer, Sputnik Vostok production

Moderator:
Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO Moskino, Moscow Film Commission
Co-production in a post-pandemic world
The current crisis has shaken up the independent cinema industry around the world. The desire to return to "business as usual" is evident across every line of business, however, society has adapted and we have to redefine the parameters for our "new normal". Leading independent producers from Russia and Europe will explore pathways for a possible future of independent (co-)production in a panel discussion moderated by Erwin M. Schmidt.

Date of recording: June 3, 2020
Participants:
Didar Domehri, Producer, Founder of Maneki Films and Full House
Natalia Drozd, Producer at CTB Film Company
Titus Kreyenberg, Founder of unafilm
Riina Sildos, Founder of Amrion
Artem Vasilyev, General Producer at Metrafilms

Moderator:
Erwin M. Schmidt, Managing Director, German Film Producers Association
What international buyers are looking for in Russian films
International buyers from 3 major territories (Latin America, USA, and Spain) will elaborate on their experience of releasing Russian films and share their insight into the success of the best-performing projects. The panel will look at such variables including budget, genre, territory specifics, TV slots, marketing materials, and their role in the overall distribution success of Russian content in each of these key territories.

Date of recording: June 3, 2020
Participants:
Angel Lopez Armendariz, Head of Foreign Production Contests at Mediaset Spain
Juliana Da Cunha Jacobsen, Partner, Head of Acquisitions & Operations at BF Distribution
Jordan Fields, VP Acquisitions at Shout! Factory

Moderator:
Katerina Pshenitsyna, VP, International Distribution at Central Partnership
Post pandemic film industry in China: whats next?
At the beginning of 2020 one of the world's largest film industries — the Chinese film industry — was the first to face the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of January, most filming stopped. The long-awaited New Year releases were cancelled and movie theatres were closed. At the end of March, when the rest of the world faced the same hurdles and restrictions, China had already overcome the peak of the crisis and had begun its gradual return to normal life. Now that the whole world must solve the same issues—how to survive, adapt, and be reborn again — China's experience is key to facing the challenge ahead.

Date of recording: June 3, 2020
Participants:
Fan Zhang, Project Manager, Sino-European producers association Bridging The Dragon, Founder, Advisor and Programmer of the D.C. Chinese Film Festival
Alexander He, Assistant Shooting Manager, Hengdian World Studios
Liang Du, CEO of Airmita Cultural Development Co., Ltd.

Moderator:
Olga Kashirina, Sinologist, Head of International Development, at Vodorod Pictures
In conversation with Erik Barmack
Erik Barmack is founder of LA based production company Wild Sheep. Founded in May last year, Erik became widely known in the international TV industry during his time as Netflix VP of International Originals, where he spearheaded the US streaming giants drive into international productions. His international hits include Spanish school thriller Elite, German missing kids mystery, Dark, Danish virus pandemic thriller, The Rain and Indian esoteric mystery Sacred Games. His philosophy at Wild Sheep continue to be to develop original programming that has an international reach. Speaking last year at Mexico's Latin American international TV market, MiP Cancun, Erik said: "What's so interesting about international content is that it is coming from anywhere and going everywhere." It is this understanding that helped drive his decision to go independent, believing that there is "a real market opportunity to connect Hollywood to the world and the world to Hollywood". Roskino CEO Evgenia Markova and Erik Barmack will talk about the projects he is developing now and what potential he sees in Russia.

Date of recording: June 3, 2020

Participant:
Erik Barmack

Moderator:
Evgenia Markova, CEO of Roskino
The rise of screenlife in Russia: lockdown effect or digital revolution in the making?
The pandemic has caused a serious hit to the content production industry, suspending the filming of numerous new projects and postponing the launch of already-announced films. Isolated producers and directors have started to ponder how to keep making films in the new environment. Many have turned to the groundbreaking screenlife format, where the action of the film takes place on the screens of various devices. Russian producer Timur Bekmambetov introduced his new storytelling format 5 years ago when he showcased screenlife on the big screen and was met with acclaim and commercial success. Screenlife was always considered as an experimental format, but the lockdown has brought it into the mainstream with 12 new projects announced and released during the self-isolation period by leading Russian directors, producers, and platforms.

Date of recording: June 2, 2020
Participants:
Evgeny Nikishov, Head of PREMIER Studios (The #SidYadoma project – first Russian screenlife-series about life during the lockdown)
Yegor Baranov, Russian film director (the "GOGOL" trilogy, screenlife-thriller "Resurrected")
Alexander Fomin, International Sales, Marketing Director, International distribution company Pulsar Content ("Aznavour by Charles", "The Deep House", "A Perfect Enemy")
Maria Zatulovskaya, Head of Development Unit, Bazelevs Production
Sophia Kvashilava, General Producer, OKKO Entertainment ("All Together" show — the first screenlife project produced by Okko)

Moderator:
Tom Grater, International Reporter at Deadline
A showcase of post-production services in Russia
Post-production services in Russia are now being utilized by international filmmakers who have already worked with Russian professionals on film and TV series. Key Buyers Event participants will have a chance to get acquainted with key post-production companies in Russia, as well as discuss their experience of working with Russian companies with international speakers.

Date of recording: June 4, 2020
Participants:
Stefen Fangmeier, Independent VFX supervisor and director
Johnny O'Reilly, Producer, Director
John Dietz, Founder of BangBang, Visual Effects Supervisor
Ronnie Lahiri, Producer in Rising Sun Films Pvt. Ltd

Moderator:
Nick Holdsworth, freelance journalist, writer and filmmaker
Trends in international production
Leo Barraclough, International News Editor at Variety will host a discussion with Marc Lorber, SVP International Co-productions & Acquisitions, Lionsgate, one of the most experienced international multi-genre creative content and programming executives and an Emmy-nominated producer, and David Ellender, CEO of Sonar Entertainment. The discussion will focus on the trends in international production, the market for non-English language films in the USA, co-producing and distributing distinctive and high-quality content that people want to watch — and finding a range of homes for it.

Date of recording: June 4, 2020
Participants:
Marc Lorber, SVP International Co-productions & Acquisitions at Lionsgate
David Ellender, CEO of Sonar Entertainment

Moderator:
Leo Barraclough, International News Editor at Variety
The Russian landscape of major VOD-platforms
Following global trends, the Russian media content market has faced considerable changes over the last several years. New technologies and digital transformations have significantly influenced the distribution channels structure, advertising strategies and terms of subscription. New industry players have enhanced competition for fresh talents and original content, and all of this has resulted in new partnerships and billions in investments.

Date of recording: June 8, 2020
Participants:
Denis Gorshkov, CEO at more.tv
Yulia Mindubayeva, CEO at START
Yana Bardintseva, CEO at OKKO multimedia service
Roman Petrenko, Managing Director of GPM ETV (Premier)

Moderator:
Evgeny Pokalyukhin, Director, Investment Banking, Renaissance Capital
A window Into Russia: how the country's top filmmakers are growing their business & forging international ties
You will find out how the country's local industry is expanding and becoming more international in its focus. Tune in to get the lowdown on what the major opportunities are in Russia - spanning talent, finance and on-the-ground production - and hear from some of the most high-profile local producers and rising filmmakers about how they are looking to strengthen their ties in the international market.

This panel discussion is a replay of the discussion which was hosted by Deadline on June 10 at 9 am Los Angeles time (7 pm Moscow time) at https://russiafilm2020.splashthat.com

Date of recording: June 10, 2020
Participants:
Fedor Bondarchuk, Founder of Art Pictures Studio, producer and film director
Ilya Stewart, Founder, producer at Hype Film
Timur Bekmambetov, Director, producer, screenwriter
Vadim Vereshchagin, CEO of Central Partnership, producer

Moderator:
Tom Grater, Deadline international film reporter
Russian drama goes global. What major TV producers have for worldwide audiences
Russian television drama and series have come a long way in the past 20 years - from local adaptations of hit US series to home grown content that is now being seen internationally. Leading Russian TV producers will talk about their international projects that have already won the attention of audiences abroad, as well as share upcoming plans and perspectives of their new series ahead of being released into the international markets.

Date of recording: June 8, 2020
Participants:
Nadia Rekhter, Head of international projects/ Development Producer at Star Media
Daria Bondarenko, EVP, Sales &Co-Production, Yellow, Black and White
Anton Fedotov, General Producer at the CTC Channel, film director, screenwriter, actor
Nadiia Zaionchkovska, International Affairs, Sales and Co-Production Executive at Premier Studios

Moderator:
Nick Holdsworth, freelance journalist, writer and filmmaker