MIPCOM: 15 Major Russian Animation Studios Slated to Attend

"The Geographer Drank His Globe Away" is among Russian features and cartoons at MIPCOM.

The trade show will feature the first-ever combined Russian feature film and animation stand.

MOSCOW – For the first time, Russian film and animation producers, distributors and sales agents will share stand space at next week's MIPCOM trade market in Cannes.

Organized by the newly created RAFA (Russian Animation Film Association) with the backing of the Russian Ministry of Culture, the stand will represent work from leading feature companies, animation studios and agencies.

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Feature studios and agencies will include Russian World Studios, Russian World Vision, Intercinema, Bazlelevs, Total Content and Antipode Sales and Distribution.

There will be 15 major Russian animation studios present, including Soyuzmultfilm Studio, production center RIKI, Master-Film, D3 Media, Airplane, Wizart Animation, Toonbox, M.I.R., KinoAtis, Metronome Films and Age of Aquarius.

The RU.C - Russian Cinema stand will present a lineup of new features with potential for international distribution, including Anton Megerdichev's Metro -- regarded as Russia's first homegrown disaster genre movie -- Alexander Veledinsky's The Geographer Drank His Globe Away, Alexey Fedorchenko's Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari and Intimate Parts, directed by Natalia Merkulova and Alexey Chupov.

Russian animated TV series and upcoming projects to be presented include Kit and Kate's Imaginarium and Qumi-Qumi (Toonbox Studio); Masha and the Bear and Masha’s Tales (Masha and the Bear production), Kikoriki (RIKI Group), Vezuha! (Lucky!) and Lullabies of the World (Metronome Films), Yoko (Wizart Animation) Fixes and Fixes-singers (Aeroplane Productions), as well as full-length cartoons The Magic Tower (Master-Film), Belka and Strelk -- Space Dogs (KinoAtis), Gofmaniada (Soyuzmultfilm Studio).

There will also be children's cartoons available for buyers at MIP Junior, which takes place Oct. 5 and 6, just before MIPCOM opens next Monday.

Vychaslav Telnov, the culture ministry's head of cinematography, said in a statement: "The stand is a platform for business meetings and presentations of new projects, which will allow the introduction of the latest Russian animation to the international professional community, as well as to attract foreign investors to the Russian animation industry."

Irina Mastusova, head of RAFA, said that "bright, beautiful and high-quality" animated films were being created in Russia that combined the best of classic Soviet-era cartoon traditions with the latest technology.