Russian Film Forum to Address Industry Issues

International co-productions, new technologies and the future of film theaters are on the agenda.

MOSCOW -- Russian Film and TV Forum “Film and Money: Investment in Cinema, Television and New Media” is to be held at Moscow’s Digital October arts center on Feb. 4 as part of the fifth annual Forum Russia. Panel discussions and round tables, which are to feature the market's major players, are expected to cover all aspects and issues in Russia’s film and television industries.

The panel discussion “Cinema, Television and New Media in 2012,” moderated by Marina Zhigalova-Ozkan, general director of Walt Disney Company CIS, will focus on ways to use cutting-edge technology in the film and TV sector. It will feature Lionsgate Television’s COO Sandra Stern and NBC Universal’s vice president for new technology Andy Lucas.

The round table “Co-Production: How to Find a Common Language,” moderated by Yelena Romanova, director of the international department at the cinema fund, aims to find ways for improving the situation with co-production in Russia, where relatively few films are made in cooperation with other countries. Central Partnership’s president Mark Lolo, Sony Pictures Television Russia’s general director Maria Smirnova and Leonid Demchenko, Russia’s representative at Eurimage, are expected to be among the participants.

The discussion “Do film theaters have a future?,” moderated by Ivan Kudryavtsev, editor in chief of The Hollywood Reporter Russian Edition, will address the paradoxical situation in Russia when some theaters are being converted to other uses while huge amounts of cash are being allocated for the construction of new theaters and theater chains.

Among other issues to be address at the event are state support for the film industry, piracy and the financing of film and television projects through advertising.