RFW film pitching day was hosted at the BFI Southbank

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On the 30th November, the first-ever Made in Russia/RFW film pitching day was hosted at the BFI Southbank. Some of the most prominent studios from Russia and abroad presented their upcoming film projects to an audience of British Producers. There was a morning section of development works followed by an afternoon pitching session of work-progress projects.

Here are some of the most interesting projects.

SENAFON / СЕНАФОН 

WHEN ANTONINA STARTS TEACHING ART IN A SMALL NORTH RUSSIAN VILLAGE, SHE QUICKLY DISCOVERS THAT THE POWER IN THE SCHOOL BELONGS TO HER TWELVE-YEAR-OLD STUDENT.

Writer: Konstantin Charmadov

Director: Evgeny Shelyakin

Producers: Vasily Solovyov, Julia Mishkinene, Yury Khrapov, Anna Peskova

Actors: Mihail Gomiashvili, Evgeniya Dmitrieva, Jaray Moenprayoon, Vladimir Mishukov

Production companies: 2D Celluloid was founded in 2010 by Vasily Solovyov. For over 7 years the film company has produced movies and shows which have participated in national and international film festivals and which were released in cinemas and on TV. Among the last company’s releases is the GOOD BOY feature film by Oksana Karas. The film won the Grand prix at Kinotavr and took part in numerous film festivals. 

THE PENCIL / КАРАНДАШ 

WHEN ANTONINA STARTS TEACHING ART IN A SMALL NORTH RUSSIAN VILLAGE, SHE QUICKLY DISCOVERS THAT THE POWER IN THE SCHOOL BELONGS TO HER TWELVE-YEAR-OLD STUDENT.

Writer, director: Natalya Nazarova

Producers: Denis Kovalevskiy, Maxim Dashkin, Anna 

Production companies: With offices in Moscow and London, Victoria Films has a diverse slate of feature films in pre-production and development: e.g. FAR FRONTIERS will go into production with the support of Russian Ministry of Culture in 2018; FLIGHT OF THE WASP tells the story of the invention of the Vespa and is being developed within the EAVE workshop. Salt Studio is known for its successful partnership with Russian independent directors. Its collaboration with Kirill Serebrennikov, BETRAYAL, premiered in competition at Venice International Film Festival. Other titles produced include SALVATION, 72 HOURS and ALBATROS.

ONE BREATH / ОДИН ВДОХ 

FOLLOWING HER DIVORCE, MARINA GORDEEVA THINKS SHE’LL NEVER FIND LOVE AGAIN. LITTLE DOES SHE KNOW THAT ONE DAY, SHE’LL FIND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE IN FREEDIVING BUILT ON DIVING AS DEEP AS POSSIBLE ON A SINGLE BREATH.

Writer: Alena Alova 

Director: Elena Hazanova

Producers: Olga Danova, Svetlana Izvekova

Actors: Viktorya Isakova, Maxim Suhanov

Production companies: Film company Public Opinion was founded in 2010. During its existence dozens of documentaries, feature films, television and advertising projects were created in various formats. Our partners are the Ministry of Culture, Cinema Fund, Channel One Russia, CTC Media, Channel 5, REN TV, TV3. Films produced by the film company are laureates of two TEFI awards.

BATTLE / БИТВА 

ANTON ONE OF THE BEST RUSSIAN STREET DANCERS, LOST THE ABILITY TO HEAR MUSIC AFTER A STREET FIGHT. HE FINDS STRENGTH IN HIMSELF TO CHANGE HIS OUTLOOK AND FINDS THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE.

Writer: Anar Abbasov, Oleg Denisov 

Director: Anar Abbasov

Producer: Alexey Uchitel 

Actors: Rinal Muhametov, Anna Isaeva, Ekaterina Kukuy, Ilya Antonenko, Igor Mirkurbanov, Vitaliy Kovalenko, Anfisa Semina, Alla Eminceva, Artem Karpov

Production companies: Alexey Uchitel is a famous feature film director (MATHILDE, BREAK LOOSE, THE EDGE) and the CEO of Rock Films Studio, a film production company established in 1991. The Studio has been known for its support for first-time directors (THE MAJOR, THE FOOL by Yuri Bykov, PAVLOV’S 

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