Russian Producers Set AFM Hopes on Animation

Animated films are featured prominently in most Russian participants' catalogs

Russian producers are relying heavily on animated films at the American Film Market as they’ve sold best internationally over the last few years.

In the wake of successful international sales of Russian animated films and TV series, just about all major Russian film companies participating in the Russian Cinema stand at AFM are setting their hopes on new animation projects.

Timur Bekmambetov's Bazelevs is presenting Alisa Knows What to Do, directed by Olga Baulina and Viktor Glukhushin, a feature-length animated film centered on the adventures of a 12-year-old Moscow schoolgirl. It's a spinoff of a popular animated TV series, rights to which have already been sold to several territories.

The company said it has already conducted preliminary negotiations about sales to the United States, Canada, France and Australia, which it hopes will lead to signing deals during AFM. The film is in production, with the release slated for 2016.

Wizart Animation's main entry is to be the feature-length cartoon The Snow Queen 2, a second installment in the Snow Queen franchise, whose first part has been released in 65 countries. The sequel is scheduled to be released in Russia, Great Britain, Poland, South Korea, Israel and other countries this coming December, while the company is to screen its English version for the first time at AFM in a bid to attract prospective buyers from other territories.

The company's other project to be featured at AFM is Volki and Ovtsy (Sheep and Wolves), scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.

The distributor Planeta Inform's hopes are set on Kryaknutye Kanikuly (Quackerz 3D), which the company originally intended for the international market, with the original version made in English. The script was penned by Snow Queen writer Vadim Sveshnkov in collaboration with Pixar editors.

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