ROUND TABLES
June 8th
June 9th
June 10th
June 11th
June 12th
Video recordings of panel discussions will be available for viewing on the main platform of the Key buyers event.
They will also appear on the official ROSKINO website the day after the online stream.
June 8th
10:00
Documentary landscape. Nonfiction around the globe
For many years the documentary market has been built around the "TV commissioning - Film Festivals - Limited Theatre Release'' scheme. However, the rapid growth of web platforms, documentary series formats, and democratization of the documentary production have made the path from creator to the worldwide audience more feasible, allowing the genre to quickly adapt to new realities and bringing the most up-to-date topics to the screen. Established leading documentary professionals will discuss how the landscape is constantly changing, where it was before the pandemic and will discuss possible scenarios for independent film creators and distributors following the pandemic.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:
What are the major changes in the documentary industry over the last few years?
What are the challenges of documenting real life compellingly and entertainingly?
How will the landscape change following the pandemic, what are the main challenges and positives that may follow the upheaval to the industry as a whole?
Traditional "Pitching - Festivals - TV - VOD" model VS "Direct to VOD": What are the pros and cons?
What are the trends in formats and subjects: series, transmedia and beyond?

Participants:

Annie Roney, Founder and CEO, ro*co films
Andy Whittaker, Founder and Chairman of Dogwoof
Sofia Kapkova, Founder and CEO, Documentary Film Center, Nonfiction.film VOD Platform
Ove Rishøj Jensen, Documentary mentor, consultant, producer

Moderator:

Georgy Molodtsov, Director, Producer, Programmer of MIFF documentary sections, Chairman of the Board of Russian Documentary Guild
11:30
State structures: how does Russia support the export of creative industries and collaboration with international filmmakers
State support is crucial for long-term development within the international market. Representatives of the key state structures of the Russian Federation will explain how they support creative industries and encourage export contracts, and highlight opportunities the country holds for international filmmakers now and after the pandemic.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

How does the Ministry of culture support the cooperation between Russian producers and foreign partners? What are the most successful co-production cases supported by the Ministry?
What is the main criteria for supporting a project by the Ministry?
Are there any case studies/conclusions on the rebate system launched at the end of last year? Does the Ministry plan to develop and maintain a compensation system for foreign producers?
How does the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative development of Moscow support the export of Moscow creative companies?
What measures help to adapt the product to the foreign market and encourage the signing of international deals?
How does the government help the industry to develop in the international markets: existing support measures and development plans?
What are the results of the support: main export indicators, festivals, international achievements of industry leaders?
How does the Moscow film Commission work? What are the advantages of shooting in Moscow and plans for cooperation with international producers after the pandemic?
What are the additional features for foreign manufacturers?


Participants:

Maxim Ksenzov, Deputy Minister of culture of Russian Federation
Alexey Fursin, Head of the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovations
Evgenia Markova, CEO of Roskino
Nikita Gusakov, Senior VP of "Russian Export Center", CEO "EXIAR"
Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO of Moskino, Moscow Film Commission

Moderator:

Susanna Alperina, Film and TV editor, "Rossiyskaya gazeta"
14:45
Resuming film production in the new world
With film production around the world shut down for the past two months, the film industry is faced with a myriad of challenges following the industry screeching to a halt. Countries around the world have begun issuing guidelines to safely resume film and TV production in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. In what will be a wide-ranging discussion, our panel will exchange ideas on how we can safely get the cameras rolling again and what the new normal looks like.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

Countries are moving at different paces by allowing film production to resume. What precautions and measures must be put in place to make production possible again?
When a region is ready to resume film production? And are producers ready?
What training needs to be introduced for everyone working on a production?
How can producers best prepare themselves?
What are the main concerns producers have and their opinion on the biggest challenges they face?
What support is available from governments, film commissions, and tourism bodies?
How will the film industry adapt? How can we use innovative techniques and creativity to navigate the new normal?
How COVID-19 will affect film production? Will it change the world map of film locations?
What is the future of film production?

Participants:

Jess Conoplia, President, Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)
Pavlína Žipková, Head of Czech Film Commission
Einar Hansen Tómasson, Film Commissioner, Iceland Film Commission
Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of West Coast Production at HBO
Alexander Kessel, Founder and Producer, Sputnik Vostok production

Moderator:

Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO Moskino, Moscow Film Commission
15:50
Co-production in a post-pandemic world
The current crisis has shaken up the independent cinema industry around the world. The desire to return to "business as usual" is evident across every line of business, however, society has adapted and we have to define the parameters for a "new normal". Leading independent producers from Russia and Europe will explore pathways for a possible future of independent (co-)production in a panel discussion moderated by Erwin M. Schmidt.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

Will there be new opportunities that we can expect to follow the crisis?
How can Russian independent producers find new ways of collaborating at an international level?
How can we support diversity in cinema?
Training programmes used to give the range of proven skills to work in the industry, but the pandemic became a game changer. How can we modify and adapt the tools of education on the training programmes in the context of the new reality? Or do we need to develop the new ones?
How can film markets support the transformation of the industry?

Participants:

Didar Domehri, Producer, Founder of Maneki Films and Full House
Natalia Drozd, Producer at CTB Film Company
Titus Kreyenberg, Founder of unafilm
Riina Sildos, Founder of Amrion
Artem Vasilyev, General Producer at Metrafilms

Moderator:

Erwin M. Schmidt, Managing director, German Film Producers Association
18:10
What international buyers are looking for in Russian films
International buyers from 3 major territories (Latin America, USA, and Spain) will elaborate on their experience of releasing Russian films and share their insight into the success of the best-performing projects. The panel will look at such variables including budget, genre, territory specifics, TV slots, marketing materials, and their role in the overall distribution success of Russian content in each of these key territories.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

Successful cases of releasing Russian content in these three territories. What has contributed to their success?
What genres of Russian content work for their territory specifically?
What genres have become less popular with audiences recently?
How has the perception of Russian content changed recently?
What is the main target audience for Russian content?
Is the marketing strategy for Russian content planned any differently to other international content strategies?
What are the peculiarities of Russian content on international TV?


Participants:

Angel Lopez Armendariz, Head of Foreign Production Contests at Mediaset Spain
Juliana Da Cunha Jacobsen, Partner, Head of Acquisitions & Operations at BF Distribution
Jordan Fields, VP Acquisitions at Shout! Factory

Moderator:

Katerina Pshenitsyna, VP, International Distribution at Central Partnership
June 9th
10:00
Post pandemic film industry in China: what's next?
At the beginning of 2020 one of the world's largest film industries — the Chinese film industry — was the first to face the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of January, most filming stopped. The long-awaited New Year releases were cancelled and movie theatres were closed. At the end of March, when the rest of the world faced the same hurdles and restrictions, China had already overcome the peak of the crisis and had begun its gradual return to normal life. Now that the whole world must solve the same issues—how to survive, adapt, and be reborn again — China's experience is key to facing the challenge ahead.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

What is the current situation of the Chinese film market?
What measures have been taken to support the industry by both state and private foundations?
How did producers and studios manage to resume filming and what new security and safety protocols were introduced?
What changes await distribution in China for both Chinese and foreign cinema?

Participants:

Fan Zhang, Project Manager, Sino-European producers association Bridging The Dragon, Founder, Advisor and Programmer of the D.C. Chinese Film Festival
Alexander He, Assistant Shooting Manager, Hengdian World Studios
Liang Du, CEO of Airmita Cultural Development Co., Ltd.

Moderator:

Olga Kashirina, Sinologist, Head of International Development, at Vodorod Pictures
13:00
In conversation with Erik Barmack
Erik Barmack is founder of LA based production company Wild Sheep. Founded in May last year, Erik became widely known in the international TV industry during his time as Netflix VP of International Originals, where he spearheaded the US streaming giants drive into international productions. His international hits include Spanish school thriller Elite, German missing kids mystery, Dark, Danish virus pandemic thriller, The Rain and Indian esoteric mystery Sacred Games. His philosophy at Wild Sheep continue to be to develop original programming that has an international reach. Speaking last year at Mexico's Latin American international TV market, MiP Cancun, Erik said: "What's so interesting about international content is that it is coming from anywhere and going everywhere." It is this understanding that helped drive his decision to go independent, believing that there is "a real market opportunity to connect Hollywood to the world and the world to Hollywood". Roskino CEO Evgenia Markova and Erik Barmack will talk about the projects he is developing now and what potential he sees in Russia.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

What projects is the company developing now and for which platforms?
What opportunities does Erik see in Russia for further international expansion of its TV originals?
Is there an ideal minimum (or maximum) budget for a TV show to give it international potential - creatively and financially?
Are there positive lessons for TV to be drawn from the pandemic? Is this a boost for the TV industry?

Participants:

Erik Barmack

Moderator:

Evgenia Markova, CEO of Roskino
June 10th
10:00
The rise of screenlife in Russia: lockdown effect or digital revolution in the making?
The pandemic has caused a serious hit to the content production industry, suspending the filming of numerous new projects and postponing the launch of already-announced films. Isolated producers and directors have started to ponder how to keep making films in the new environment. Many have turned to the groundbreaking screenlife format, where the action of the film takes place on the screens of various devices. Russian producer Timur Bekmambetov introduced his new storytelling format 5 years ago when he showcased screenlife on the big screen and was met with acclaim and commercial success. Screenlife was always considered as an experimental format, but the lockdown has brought it into the mainstream with 12 new projects announced and released during the self-isolation period by leading Russian directors, producers, and platforms.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

How successful is Russian animation in the international market?
Which animations have proved to be the most popular? (series/feature films, genres, audience?)
How competitive is the Russian animation market, and the increasingly high quality that is now expected?
In which countries is Russian animation in demand and why?
Consumer's perspective: Why do consumers all over the world know and love Russian projects?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of Russian animation?
Ideas and possibilities for the future development of the sector?


Participants:

Evgeny Nikishov, Head of PREMIER Studios (The #SidYadoma project – first Russian screenlife-series about life during the lockdown)
Yegor Baranov, Russian film director (the "GOGOL" trilogy, screenlife-thriller "Resurrected")
Alexander Fomin, International Sales, Marketing Director, International distribution company Pulsar Content ("Aznavour by Charles", "The Deep House", "A Perfect Enemy")
Maria Zatulovskaya, Head of Development Unit, Bazelevs Production
Sophia Kvashilava, General Producer, OKKO Entertainment ("All Together" show — the first screenlife project produced by Okko)


Moderator:

Tom Grater, Deadline international film reporter
15:00
A showcase of post-production services in Russia
Post-production services in Russia are now being utilized by international filmmakers who have already worked with Russian professionals on film and TV series. Key Buyers Event participants will have a chance to get acquainted with key post-production companies in Russia, as well as discuss their experience of working with Russian companies with international speakers.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

Who are the main post-production companies in Russia and what do they offer?
What are the most significant projects accomplished by Russian post-production companies in collaboration with international filmmakers? (comparison in terms of quality with international projects)
How does the experience of working with Russian companies differ from working with other countries` services?
How do costs in Russia differ from international services?
Does Russia have the potential to compete with Eastern Europe/Europe/UK/ etc?

Participants:

Stefen Fangmeier, Independent VFX supervisor and director
Johnny O'Reilly, Producer, Director
John Dietz, Founder of BangBang, Visual Effects Supervisor
Ronnie Lahiri, Producer in Rising Sun Films Pvt. Ltd


Moderator:

Nick Holdsworth, freelance journalist, writer and filmmaker
18:00
Trends in international production
Leo Barraclough, International News Editor at Variety will host a discussion with Marc Lorber, SVP International Co-productions & Acquisitions, Lionsgate, one of the most experienced international multi-genre creative content and programming executives and an Emmy-nominated producer, and David Ellender, CEO of Sonar Entertainment. The discussion will focus on the trends in international production, the market for non-English language films in the USA, co-producing and distributing distinctive and high-quality content that people want to watch — and finding a range of homes for it.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

How will the industry resume production under COVID-19 restrictions?
What are the opportunities for co-production?
What are the features of the market for non-English language films in the U.S.?
How do streaming platforms influence the global market?
What are the opportunities to co-produce in emerging markets?
How scripted formats are being adapted to local markets?
How to pitch projects to potential international co-production partners?
How to create a returning series?
What are the peculiarities in working with A list talent?

Participants:

Marc Lorber, SVP International Co-productions & Acquisitions at Lionsgate
David Ellender, CEO of Sonar Entertainment

Moderator:


Leo Barraclough, International News Editor at Variety
19:00
A window into Russia: how the country's top filmmakers are growing their business & forging international ties
Deadline hosts an exclusive discussion with four major Russian filmmakers and executives on June 10 at 9 am Los Angeles time (7 pm Moscow time).
Link to RSVP to attend the live event: https://russiafilm2020.splashthat.com


You will find out how the country's local industry is expanding and becoming more international in its focus. Tune in to get the lowdown on what the major opportunities are in Russia - spanning talent, finance and on-the-ground production - and hear from some of the most high-profile local producers and rising filmmakers about how they are looking to strengthen their ties in the international market.

Participants:
Fedor Bondarchuk, Founder of Art Pictures Studio, producer and film director
Ilya Stewart, Founder, producer at Hype Film
Timur Bekmambetov, Director, producer, screenwriter
Vadim Vereshchagin, CEO of Central Partnership, producer

Moderator:


Tom Grater, Deadline international film reporter
June 11th
10:00
Immersive storytelling and the future of virtual reality
Virtual reality is considered to be an entertaining, innovative, and business technological tool, yet major film festivals and studios are experimenting with the use of VR-related technologies to create independent cinematic works (VR Films and Interactive Experiences) as well as applying the technology to help to produce traditional films. In this panel held fully inside Virtual Reality, we will overview both approaches in using Virtual Reality as well as discuss how Russian film professionals are using it to their advantage.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

VR, 360, Virtual production and Film industry – the situation before the pandemic?
Creative use of VR for storytelling
Applied use of VR for film industry
What are the paths of development of the VR industry during and after pandemic?

Participants:

Anton Outkine, Director and scriptwriter, "Kessler Effect" VR project with Yury Kolokolnikov and Irina Starshenbaum, "Trench VR", co-author of "White Mirror" book about the best practices in interactive storytelling

Ilya Rozhkov, Director and co-producer of VR Action Film "Agent Emerson"

Moderators:

Georgy Molodtsov, director, producer ("Under the pillow" XR project), curator of the Open Frame VR Award (goEast Film Festival (Germany), VR SciFest (Sweden), Russian VR Seasons Initiative

Alina Mikhaleva, CEO & Founder of Less Media Group, VR industry expert, co-founder of VR Studio Spherica (Emmy-nominated & Tribeca premiered projects with clients including HBO, RYOT, Google and others)
11:10
International success of Russian animation
Around 120 animated series and 15 feature films are produced annually in Russia with over half of them securing international releases. Russian cartoons have found success on the international stage, garnering awards at international festivals and gaining huge numbers of views on YouTube. The panel will explore the international success of Russian animation projects which are now being broadcasted in over 100 countries around the world.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

How successful is Russian animation in the international market?
Which animations have proved to be the most popular? (series/feature films, genres, audience?)
How competitive is the Russian animation market, and the increasingly high quality that is now expected?
Which countries are Russian animation in demand and why?
Consumer's perspective: Why do consumers all over the world know and love Russian projects?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of Russian animation?
Ideas and possibilities for the future development of the sector?

Participants:

Pierre Sissmann, Co-founder of Cyber Group Studios, Vice President of the SPFA (The French Union of Animation Producers), a board member of the SEDPA (The French Union of Audiovisual Distributors)
Richard Rowe, Director of International Acquisitions and Co-productions, WildBrain
Li Yan, CEO, Beijing Joy Culture Media Co., Ltd.
Lionel Marty, Managing Director, APC Kids
Ariel Tobi, Co-founder, Snap TV

Moderator:

Thatcher Mines,
Director of Development and Deals,
Power Animals United
16:30
The Russian landscape of major VOD-platforms
Following global trends, the Russian media content market has faced considerable changes over the last several years. New technologies and digital transformations have significantly influenced the distribution channels structure, advertising strategies and terms of subscription. New industry players have enhanced competition for fresh talents and original content, and all of this has resulted in new partnerships and billions in investments.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

How all the changes drive customers behaviour?
How should key players use the "favorable" pandemic situation, stay relevant for a customer and not go bust like international majors, who are spending $40 billions on original content production annually?
How do original content players compete with ecosystem bundles with large loyal customer base?
What market conditions will allow you to attract foreign financing through co-production, licensing, strategic partnerships or public markets?
*What is the target of the game* and who will drive market evolution in Russia – diversified media holdings, specialized VOD platforms, ecosystems, international majors or any combination of it?

Participants:

Denis Gorshkov, CEO at more.tv
Yulia Mindubayeva, CEO at START
Yana Bardintseva, CEO at OKKO multimedia service
Roman Petrenko, Managing Director of GPM ETV (Premier)

Moderator:


Evgeny Pokalyukhin, Director, Investment Banking, Renaissance Capital
June 12th
14:25
Russian drama goes global. What major TV producers have for worldwide audiences
Russian television drama and series have come a long way in the past 20 years - from local adaptations of hit US series to home grown content that is now being seen internationally. Leading Russian TV producers will talk about their international projects that have already won the attention of audiences abroad, as well as share upcoming plans and perspectives of their new series ahead of being released into the international markets.

Talking points to be shared with moderators and speakers:

What are the current strengths and weaknesses of Russian TV series?
What`s next for Russian TV series? The global market is just beginning to open, what are the financial opportunities for Russian producers?
Do foreign producers have the opportunities to use Russian locations, sets and crews for their own dramas?
Has the pandemic changed the TV viewers` behaviour?
Should a producer keep a potential platform in mind before producing a series?
Can TV series from Russia change the perception of the country worldwide? Or is it all just about entertainment?
How does a Russian TV drama differ from a US, European, British or South American one?

Participants:

Nadia Rekhter, Head of international projects/ Development Producer at Star Media
Daria Bondarenko, EVP, Sales &Co-Production, Yellow, Black and White
Anton Fedotov, General Producer at the CTC Channel, film director, screenwriter, actor
Nadiia Zaionchkovska, International Affairs, Sales and Co-Production Executive at Premier Studios

Moderator:


Nick Holdsworth, freelance journalist, writer and filmmaker