September 23 2019

The forum was attended by 324 people from 32 countries and 7 regions of Russia. During panel discussions leaders of the film and media industry have discussed such topics as film tourism in Russia it's development with the introduction of rebates and e-visas, other measures to stimulate business tourism, mediaclusters and film studios as points of attraction for tourists.

Several discussions were held with the participation of leading female producers, and a discussion with Iain Smith, one of the most influential producers, responsible for the production of blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fifth Element, Seven Years in Tibet

The delegates were able to discuss joint projects and the details of working with Asian markets, in order to understand how to transform a game into a movie.

The Russian film industry was represented by such actors and producers like Yuri Kolokolnikov, Klim Shipenko, Ilya Stewart, Mikhail Kitaev and Evgeniya Danilchenko, Head of Export Support for Creative Industries.

Major event of the forum was the «Focus on Russia» presentation, which started with the introduction from film commissioners of three different regions of Russian - the Moscow Film Commission was presented by Svetlana Maksimchenko, executive secretary of the Moscow Film Commission; the first state film commission in the Russian Federation - the Primorye Film Commission and St. Petersburg, which was represented by Fyodor Druzin, producer at Veles Media.

At the end of the business program, AFCI President Jess Conoplia said that the Cineposium participants are enthusiastic about Russia and say that their impressions were significantly higher than expected.  The program also included a private tour for the heads of major film companies in the halls of the famous Russian museum conducted by Vladimir Medinsky, the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation and Mikhail Piotrovski, Director of The State Hermitage museum.

Traditionally the next city was announced in the final of the business program. AFCI's 44th Cineposium will be held in Buffalo Niagara Falls, from 16th to 19th September 2020.

«Top speakers and representatives of international film commissions were completely delighted with St. Petersburg and Russia as a whole. I am sure that the Cineposium will lead to a cooperation between Russian and foreign film studios. Petersburg will soon be able to claim serious positions as a perfect location for filming world cinema and attract new segment of tourists to the city. It is a staged procedure, but we definitely managed to uncover the movie features of the city,” said Yevgeny Pankevich, the Chairman of the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development. 

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