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What’s new in the fifth biggest cinema market in Europe? Russia has been a major economic player in film production and exploitation for several years now. Admissions rose year on year by a massive 10% between last year and 2016, gross box office rose by around 9.5% over the same period and Russian national films hold a very respectable market share of around 24%. This September the European Audiovisual Observatory is taking the pulse of the current Russian cinema industry and looking at the challenges and chances offered by this dynamic film market. Our conference takes place on Wednesday 19 September from 14.30 – 17.00. This event takes place within the KINO EXPO and St. Petersburg International Content Forum events in St. Petersburg. Entry is free and registration to KINO EXPO is not necessary.

All media professionals, journalists, and academics are welcome to attend – so register free of charge here. Conference languages are English and Russian with translation.



The conference will be opened by Vladimir Grigoriev, Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication.

The European Audiovisual Observatory will provide contextual background analysis with its latest data on European market presented by Martin Kanzler, film industry analyst from the Observatory’s Department for Market Information. Maja Cappello, Head of the Observatory’s Department for Legal Information, will run us through what’s new in European media legislation relating to the film industry.

Russian consultancy Nevafilm will present their latest report, commissioned by the Strasbourg-based Observatory, entitled Trends in the film industry in the Russian Federation. Conference participants will receive a free copy of the report. We’ll be welcoming Anton Malyshev, Executive Director of the Russian Cinema Fund, who will make a presentation on Russian cinema audiences.

A round table of experts from the fields of production, distribution and exploitation will then zoom in on the real challenges and chances for Russia’s film industry, including working within Europe and the international scene.

Susanne Nikoltchev, the Observatory’s Executive Director, said she was looking forward to “the Observatory’s traditional Russian annual conference focusing this year on the latest developments in the biggest European film market in terms of potential audience”.
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