Magazine article Screen International

Moscow Co-Production Forum's Best Pitch Awards Go to UK and Russia

Magazine article Screen International

Moscow Co-Production Forum's Best Pitch Awards Go to UK and Russia

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Projects by the UK's Cowboy Films and Russia's Trikita Entertainment were awarded best pitch prizes at this year's Moscow Co-Production Forum.

Two awards - each worth [euro]5,000 and sponsored by the Russian Cinema Fund - went to UK producer Gavin Emerson for Martina Amati's [pictured] £2m feature debut Competition and to Trikita Entertainment's owner Yury Krestinskiy for Fedor Derevyanskiy's $3m mystery thriller Civilians.

Emerson explained in his pitch at the Moscow Co-Production Forum that he had produced Amati's three shorts, including her BAFTA-nominated Chalk and developed Competition, a drama about three teenage girl gymnasts coming to Russia for the Olympic Qualifying Competition, with Film4 who will also be the film's key financier.

The UK producer said that he was looking for 15%-20% of the budget to come from a Russian co-producer.

Meanwhile, Trikita's thriller Civilians is based on the popular psychological party game Mafia and is being developed by Krestinskiy with producer-director Sergei Bodrov with the Stateside production arm Trikita Productions also onboard..

Among the other public pitchings, Jim Steele, producer of Victor Ginzburg's Generation P, revealed that the UK's Chris Auty will serve as executive producer on its $12m sequel Empire V, the second part of author Victor Pelevin's trilogy.

Gorky Studio CEO Stas Yershov and Andrei Vasiliev are also being brought onboard as executive producers for the Top Pictures production which is set to begin shooting in the first quarter of 2013.

Ginzburg explained that Empire V "will expand the vampire film genre" and be "a satirical take about the world we live in," while Steele added that the filmmakers were also interested in completing the trilogy by adapting Pelevin's third novel in the future.

Meanwhile, Estonian producer Julia Leescu of Red Fox announced that Geraldine Chaplin and Marianne Sägebrecht are attached as cast to Oscar Vega's comedy Stupid Party which is set to begin shooting towards the end of this year. …

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