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Russian Pavilion Kicked Off at 70th Cannes

On May 18th, 2017, the second day of the Marché Du Film market and the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the Russian Pavilion opened at Village International to represent Russia at Cannes for the tenth time in a row, serving as a unified info center for our filmmakers and providing a broad platform for promoting Russian cinema in the international arena.

The ceremony featured Vyacheslav Telnov, Head of the Cinema Department of the Russian Ministry of Culture; Anton Malyshev, Chief Operating Officer of the Cinema Fund; Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO; Alexander Rodnyansky, producer of Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Loveless"; and Vladimir Filippov, Deputy Director for the Moscow Department of Culture.

Among the guests at the opening ceremony were Russian filmmakers who came to Cannes to present their projects and find partners, as well as film festival curators and journalists from Russian and international media, both print and online: Jérôme Paillard, Executive director of the Marché du Film; Robin Burt, Vice President of the American Film Market; Pavel Stepanov, Central Partnership CEO; Richard Lorber, board chairman and CEO at Kino Lorber Inc.; Leonid Demchenko, Eurimage representative in Russia; Vadim Vereschagin, distribution director at Central Partnership Sales House; Armen Dishdishyan, Vice President for international relations at Central Partnership; producers Anastasia Razlogova, Svetlana Kuchmaeva, Yekaterina Mikhailova; Kirill Razlogov, Director of Programming at the Moscow IFF; Fyodor Sosnov, Head of the Analytical Department at the Cinema Fund; investor and producer David Gigauri; director Eva Lanska and leading Russian journalists Valery Kichin, Larissa Malukova, Larissa Yusipova, Yevgeniya Tirdatova, Denis Ruzaev, and their numerous colleagues from international media outlets.

Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:
"This year marks our anniversary, so it's a special one for us: the Russian Pavilion has opened for the 10th time. The events we started off with have been restructured and reshaped over time, focusing simultaneously on art films and more commercial fare. This year, our program features several events of great interest, including the presentation of a new info resource from the Cinema Fund and the launch of the Moscow Film Commission. Central Partnership and Mars Media will present their new projects, and so will several young directors. As usual, we'll be proud to present our pet project, Global Russians, comprised of five student films by aspiring filmmakers from Russia. ROSKINO wishes all the Russian filmmakers a successful and productive festival."

Vyacheslav Telnov, Head of the Cinema Department of the Russian Ministry of Culture:
«Successfully managed by a wonderful team led by Katya Mtsitouridze, the Russian Pavilion has opened for the tenth time in a row at the Cannes Film Festival that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. I'm sure this year the Pavilion team will create perfect working conditions for Russian filmmakers, resulting in signed co-production contracts and sold distribution rights. Of course, I'd also like to emphasize the importance of the Moscow Film Commission launched jointly by the Moscow Cultural Department and ROSKINO. It's a much-needed initiative that the whole film community will benefit from."

Anton Malyshev, Chief Operating Officer of the Cinema Fund:
"We'd like to thank ROSKINO for giving us a platform for our upcoming presentation: it's a great opportunity to share our plans with the leading journalists from Russia and abroad. We are presenting at the Russian Pavilion a new tracking system for electronic ticket sales. We want to make our market as transparent as possible for people who are willing to invest in our films, who are interested in our film market, and who like Russia in general!"

This year, Russian co-productions compete in the festival's two key programs. Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Loveless" and Sergey Loznitsa's "A Gentle Creature" have been selected for the Competition, whereas Kantemir Balagov's "Closeness", the feature debut from a student of Alexander Sokurov, will play in Un Certain Regard.

Alexander Rodnyansky, producer of "Loveless":
"Cannes is the biggest film event of the year, at least for independent and auteur cinema. It is our dream to make Russia an integral part of this scene. Obviously, our representatives have to have a home of their own where they can gather to talk, exchange ideas, and discuss their works in progress. The Cannes Film Festival is hard to imagine now without the Russian Pavilion––both for those who come here regularly, and those just breaking into the film industry. That's why I'm so happy we've had the Pavilion for the past 10 years. It helps a lot of people, and I value the efforts made by Katya Mtsitouridze and her team. Of course, the results depend on the filmmakers themselves, but having this tool at their disposal certainly makes it easier for them. I hope all the participants will come back here next year more accomplished and acclaimed."

At the opening ceremony of the Pavilion, a presentation of the Moscow Film Commission was announced as well.

Vladimir Filippov, Deputy Director for the Moscow Department of Culture:
"For the first time in recent history, the Moscow City Council is presenting its Film Commission at the biggest film event in the world. It's important because state support nowadays implies economical development of cultural institutions. Producers and directors make art, but they're also boosting the industry. Our goal is to create new opportunities to see Moscow, over the next three years, on the movie screens around the world. ROSKINO and the Department of Culture, with the support from Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, have launched the Moscow Film Commission project––a socially-minded, state-funded expert structure meant to help producers and filmmakers to overcome administrative barriers as they film in Moscow. Basically, the Film Commission will be a kind of guardian angel for the filmmakers interested in shooting in the Russian capital."

The Russian Pavilion Program 2017:

  • Presentation of the Moscow Film Commission
    One of the Pavilion's central events will be the presentation of the Moscow Film Commission intended to promote Moscow as a location for film- and TV crews from Russia and abroad, and to create a convenient infrastructure for media professionals working in the Russian capital.
  • Presentation of a new info resource from the Cinema Fund
    A new info resource from the Cinema Fund will be unveiled at Cannes. For several years now, the Fund has been perfecting its tracking system for movie ticket sales in Russia (ЕАИС). A new project entitled Russian Cinema Fans Analytic will be presented at the Pavilion. Speakers: Anton Malyshev, Chief Operating Officer of Cinema Fund; Fyodor Sosnov, Head of Analytical Department at Cinema Fund.
  • "Vega Film" and "Ark Pictures” project showcase
    "Moscow in Love” is a joint project of "Vega Film" and "Ark Pictures” production companies, realized with the support of the Moscow City Duma and Moscow Government. It will be presented by producer Ekaterina Mikhailova; director Konstantin Fam; Evgeny Gerasimov, Head of the Commission for Culture and Mass Communications of the Moscow City Duma; and Vladimir Filippov, Deputy Director for the Moscow Department of Culture.
  • Central Partnership new project showcase
    A joint Central Partnership and KIT Studio project entitled “FURIOUS” (“KOLOVRAT”) will be presented by producers Pavel Stepanov and Dzhanik Fayziev
    New project «T-34» produced by Ruben Dishdishyan, Leonard Blavatnik, Nelly Yaralova.
  • «Maison 1618» project showcase
    The social project “Okay, Mum” will be presented by the director Eva Lanska.
  • GLOBAL RUSSIANS 2017 Presentation
    The Global Russians program will also be featured in Short Film Corner at the Marché Du Film market. This year’s showreel includes five shorts by alumni of the Moscow Film School, Russian University of Theatre Arts, VGIK, Contemporary Art Institute and the WORDSHOP Communications Academy:
    GOOD DAY, directed and produced by Olga Dibtseva
    MILK directed by Daria Vlasova, produced by Yanna Buryak
    THE FIRST, directed by Lado Kvataniya, produced by Ekaterina Kononenko
    BREAKING UP WITH JENNY, directed by Petr Antokhin; produced by Nodar Dzhincharadze, Petr Antokhin
    AMNESIA, directed and produced by Gala Shiyan
    The films were selected out of 170 applications by a professional jury comprised of film critics Vasiliy Koretsky, Katya Mtsitouridze, and Denis Ruzaev.
  • Presentation of the book «The Cannes Chronicles. 2006–2016»
    Authors: Daniil Dondurei, Lev Karakhan, Andrei Plakhov.
    Presented by Andrei Plakhov and Lev Karakhan. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Daniil Dondurei.
  • CLOSENESS (dir. Kantemir Balagov) press-conference.
    70th Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard Official Selection
    Speakers: Kantemir Balagov, director; Nikolay Yankin, producer; Darya Zhovner, actress, female lead.

Returning participants of the ROSKINO stand at the Marché du film market include Art Pictures Studio, Central Partnership, Russian World Vision, Indie Vision, Mirsand Ltd., Wizart, Planeta Inform, All Media, Mars Media, Amedia Production, Mosfilm (over 45 production and distribution companies overall).

ROSKINO will present at the stand an updated catalogue of DOORS, a mobile film market that showcases the best films made in Russia in 2016–17.

All the Russian film companies invited to the Marché du Film market will be united under the auspices of the ROSKINO - RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE stand organized by ROSKINO with the generous support of the Russian Ministry of Culture, Department of Foreign Affairs, Moscow City Council, and the largest airline in the nation, PJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines.

Additional info:
Jane Kovalenko
ROSKINO Press Office
+7 916 131 10 00


ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally. Since its foundation in 1924 ROSKINO facilitates the integration of the Russian filmmakers into the world industry. In 2014 the company celebrated its 90th anniversary.

The company promotes Russian cinema at major film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Beijing, London), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du FIlm and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports distribution of Russian cinema and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships.

One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international traveling film market that allows the company to present national cinema at various markets around the world.

Since 2012 ROSKINO operates the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles.

In 2014 ROSKINO launched a London office, ROSKINO UK.

In October, 2014 ROSKINO organized the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum, a high profile event uniting three types of content markets dealing with film, TV and new media that generated a considerable attention in the national and international media industry. The Media Forum attracted 2700 participants from 57 countries from around the world.

In May, 2016 ROSKINO became official partner of the Cannes Film Festival international film market Marché du Film, where it presented the program Focus on Russia, which consisted of 12 events ranging from press conferences to showcases of new projects.


Katya Mtsitouridze is head of ROSKINO, Channel One film expert, Variety Russia Editor-in-Chief, SPIMF concept developer and general producer.

Katya graduated from the Tbilisi State University with an MA in history and film studies.

She is the author and narrator of This Is Cinema, a regular show on Russia’s Channel One.

She is ROSKINO CEO since 2011.

Katya’s portfolio includes diplomas of the film festivals in Cannes and Venice as well as the AFM market in LA.

In June, 2001, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.

In May, 2002, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival.

In June, 2003, Katya was on the jury for debut films at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.

In May, 2008, she was a member of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the 61th Cannes International Film Festival.

Still in 2008, she initiated the creation of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival which she is heading to the present day.

From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Mtsitouridze provided PR support in US and Canada for The Edge (Krai), a film by Alexey Uchitel, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the HFPA Golden Globe awards.

In September, 2011 she was in charge of the international PR and advertising campaign of Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

In June, 2012 she held the first DOORS International Traveling Film Market of Russian content within the framework of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival.

In November, 2012, Katya reached an agreement with HULU, one of the leading US digital platforms, for the VOD release of 12 contemporary Russian titles.

In May, 2014 she reached a further agreement for the distribution of CTC Media TV Content through HULU platforms.

In October, 2014 Katya held the first edition of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum of which she was the concept developer and general producer.

In 2016, Katya has received the prize of the First National Business Communication Award in the “Breakthrough of the Year” category for the company’s outstanding achievements in 2016, particularly for ROSKINO’s partnership with the world’s biggest film market Marché du Film as part of the 69th Cannes International Film Festival, thanks to which Russia has become the event’s true headliner.

Katya is a member of FIPRESCI, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, the Russian and International Unions of Journalists, the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. She also holds an MA in History.

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