Russian Film Numbers Mixed

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Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:45 -- Nick Dager

Russian film production has grown by 50 percent over the past five years but international co-productions fell sharply, according a new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory.

The report said the number of films produced in Russia has grown by 50 percent over the last five years, from 89 to 134 feature films in distribution. But, the number of co-productions with Russia, which had increased between 2011 and 2014, fell sharply in 2015, from between 24 and 32 films per year to just 13 (or from 27 percent to 10 percent of all films released in Russia).

The international market for Russian films is still limited as two thirds of all foreign attendance is attributable to the CIS (Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus), while Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia show more Russian films than any other country outside the CIS.

These are some of the findings of the new report, Film Production and Co-Production in Russia, and the Export of Russian Films Abroad, which will be presented at a free access Russian co-production conference taking place in St. Petersburg during Kino Expo.

The report takes the pulse of the Russian cinema industry and looks at its capacity to co-produce with other countries, from a quantitative and also qualitative viewpoint. Statistical analysis is completed by candid interviews with Russian professionals active in the industry.

The European Audiovisual Observatory and Nevafilm Research invite you to attend this conference and report presentation

The full report will be discussed in St. Petersburg on September 22. A free copy of the report will be distributed to all participants and a networking finger food buffet will follow the conference.

The conference will host a “from both sides now” panel discussion on international co-production with Russia. EU and Russian producers will swap experiences and best practices on co-producing with and in Russia.