April 28, 2021, MoscowKEY BUYERS EVENT: Digital, which will run from 8 - 10 June this year, will gather the Russian content industry – filmmakers, distributors, producers and talents. The forum will focus on presenting the latest films, TV series and animation projects, and also puta spotlight on emerging actors, directors and writers.  

Yuri Kolokolnikov, whose international credits include; “Game of Thrones”, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”, “The Americans”, Patrick Hughes’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and a range of other projects, his latest Russian series “Hook” will also be presented at the Key Buyers Event: Digital. The popular sports drama about a hockey player-turned-agent premiered on one of the biggest Russian video platforms Megogo,  producers are now looking for co-production partners for season 2. 

Evgenia Markova, CEO of ROSKINO: “Russian talents have been type casted over the years, chosen for a certain type of roles only. However, it’s changing and it’s obvious that there is a new generation of bright and ambitious actors and actresses from Russia who have the capacity to deliver a wide range of roles in global projects brilliantly, and Yuri Kolokolnikov is the perfect example of Russia’s incredible world class talents.  . He’s an extremely versatile actor, from drama to comedy, from historical film to fantasy, and we are thrilled to have him as the Key Buyers Event ambassador this year”.

Yuri Kolokolnikov, actor:“As an actor who has worked both in Russia and in Hollywood, I can see how the Russian industry has developed within the last few years, with its producers and talents driven by the aspiration to create compelling stories for viewers across the globe., More Russian actors are securing roles in big international projects, bringing their talent and professional perspective, and learning to work with international teams in exchange. Russian producers, to whom I also belong, now make original content designed for audiences around the world, and it’s important for us to be part of the global film community and to show what our market can actually offer – which is the goal of KEY BUYERS EVENT and I’m happy to be part of this year”.     

KEY BUYERS EVENT: Digital is organized by ROSKINO, the Russian state body promoting national content internationally, and supported by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of the City of Moscow and the Agency for Creative Industries. 


Yuri Kolokolnikov
Russian actor and producer 

Yuri Kolokolnikov
began his career in 1998 and has already appeared in more than 80 films. Yuri first came to international prominence when he was cast as Styr in ‘Game of Thrones’ in 2014. Since then, he has worked continuously on high profile projects both in Russia and internationally.

Yuri’s recent international work includes: the role of Volkov in the feature film ‘Tenet’ (2020) by acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan, the role of Baasha Zia opposite Ryan Reynolds in Michael Bay’s action thriller ‘6 Underground’ (2019). He also portrayed the series regular Gennadi Bystrov in the Emmy Award-winning drama ‘The Americans’ (2017, 2018) and the role in the feature film ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ directed by Patrick Hughes.

Among his Russian projects such feature films as ‘Silver Skates’ (2021), ‘Petrov's Flu’(2021, post-production), ‘Viy 2: Journey to China’ (2019), VMayakovsky» (2018) and others.

International credits:
2020 Tenet (USA), dir. Christopher Nolan
2019 6 Underground (USA), dir. Michael Bay
2018 The Americans (USA)
2017 The Hitman’s Bodyguard (USA), dir. Patrick Hughes
2017 Stratton (USA), dir. Simon West
2016 Mädchen im Eis (Germany, Russia), dir. Stefan Krohmer
2015 The Transporter Legacy (China, France), dir. Camille Delamarre
2014 Game of Thrones (USA)


The KEY BUYERS EVENT is a unique content market that allows Russian producers to present their projects and services to international distributors. In 2021, the market will be held for the third time. The event is organized by ROSKINO and supported by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of the City of Moscow and the Agency for Creative Industries. 

First KEY BUYERS EVENT was held in October 2019 with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.The offline event attracted buyers and commissioners acquiring content for over 60 territories and screened over 120 Russian films, TV series and animation projects.

The second KEY BUYERS EVENT was held online in June 2020. The event was organized by ROSKINO and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of Moscow. KEY BUYERS EVENT: Digital edition gathered over 1,400 participants from the global film industry including 600 international distributors from 70 countries.