The Russian film industry will be presented for the first time at the SIFF Market in Shanghai

A total of 75 Russian cinematic releases from 18 companies are traveling to the SIFF

Market 2023 including the first feature film shot in space, “The Challenge”; the disaster

film “Three Minutes of Silence” about the crew of a fishing vessel; the historical detective

stories “In the Moscow Slums” and “Noble Detective”; the action comedy “The Silver

Spoon Goes South”; the fifth part of the successful animation franchise “The Snow

Queen”; and others.

On June 12, the SIFF Market 2023, which traditionally takes place as part of the Shanghai

International Film Festival, will open in Shanghai. For the first time, ROSKINO, the Russian

film promotion body, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, is

organizing a booth “Russian Content Worldwide” (RCW), at the film market where 18

companies will present their projects. China today is an important strategic destination for

Russian content exporters, and participation in the SIFF Market will open up new

opportunities for Russian cinema.

Ekaterina Naumova, acting CEO of ROSKINO: “Our first—and such large-scale—offline

presence at the SIFF Market will significantly strengthen relations between Russian film and

animation companies and Chinese and other Asian market participants. Among the projects

being presented to distributors at the SIFF Market are sci-fi films, which are in demand

today in China; historical projects; animation, which is traditionally popular in Asia; and

many dramas and adventure films. We are building our work with China, interacting both

with the professional industrial community and with wider audiences.”

In 2022, Russian produced 256 feature films and 45 animated films, 345 feature series and 24

animated series. Today, the Russian film industry produces high-quality films, original series,

and animation. The latter is especially valued for its educational component and family

The trend in China for films about space has not gone unnoticed by Russian content


As part of a special presentation organized by ROSKINO is The Challenge by Central

Partnership, part of which was filmed in space. The picture has already entered the top 50

highest-grossing films in the world in 2023 The director is Klim Shipenko, whose previous

project, the comedy “Son of a Rich”, is soon to appear in China as a remake: the rights to the

adaptation were acquired in 2022 Another picture on the theme of space is the disaster film

Mira from Mars Media Entertainment.
Among the feature films being showcased at the RCW booth are the drama about fishermen

caught in a storm, Three Minutes of Silence (CTB Film Company), and the historical

detective story In the Moscow Slums by the Mosfilm Cinema Concern, the adventure thriller

Grom: Boyhood by Bubble Studios and the action comedy The Silver Spoon Goes South

by SREDA Production company. Distributors will also get acquainted with the new thriller

Centaur (Planeta Inform), which is just getting ready for wide release. It is already being

called the answer to Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese.

Traditionally popular in China, Russian full-length animated films and series are also being

presented. New products from five companies were announced for the presentation.

Voronezh Animation Studio will present the fifth part of its super-successful Snow Queen

franchise The Snow Queen and the Princess, which has already been warmly received by

the audiences in South Korea and Turkey. SMF Animation is presenting the new film

Detective Chirp and the Golden Beehive; Riki Group, the creators of the KikoRiki

franchise, is presenting the film Finnick which is well-known and well-loved in China. Also

included in the presentation are the animated series Team M.A.T.C.H. from YARKO and

Rabbit’s 10 from AA Studio.
Series make up almost half of all projects being presented at the SIFF Market. International

content buyers will be able to get to know such projects as Dog’s SWAT about the work of

an experimental K-9 unit (Art Pictures Distribution); the historical drama Elizaveta (Russia

Television and Radio); the historical detective Noble Detective (NTV Broadcasting

company); fantasy drama Exorcism Clinic (IVI); the dramedy The Kidney (KION): the

drama King & Jester (Plus Studio) and many others.