Magazine article Screen International

Russia's Doors Kickstarts Global Deal Negotiations

Magazine article Screen International

Russia's Doors Kickstarts Global Deal Negotiations

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Roskino's second Doors International Travelling Film Market (Sept 25-29) welcomed a slew of new international buyers.

Doors was held as part of the St Petersburg-based Message To Man International Film Festival.

Of deals in play, the UK's Stealth Media Group is in talks for a package of Doors titles including Betrayal (Izmena), Break Loose (Vosmerka), Kicking Off (Okolofutbola), The Major (Mayor) [pictured], Metro and Thirst (Zhazhda). Mitch Mallon of US VOD distributor RLJ is in talks for a US VOD deal for Metro and a Russian catalogue of films, and Brazil's Habanero is considering several titles for Latin American distribution, including The Major for Mexican distribution. Also, Digital Media Rights is launching its second year of partnerships with Roskino, Hulu and Amazon to promote Russian films digitially. Deals are expected to be confirmed by AFM.

The 27 executives and companies who attended included Jiten Hemdev from India's Star Entertainment, Michael Cowan of the UK's Stealth Media Group, Mathew Levy of US-based Passion River Films, Deepak Sharma from India's PVR Pictures, Ilann Girard from Arsam Internaitonal (France), Fred Tsui from China's Media Asia, Garrett Rietman from Verizon's VOD platform in the US, Mitch Mallon of RLJ Entertainment from the US, Alfredo Calvino from Brazil's Habanero Film Sales, Michael Hong from Hong Kong's Digital Media Rights, and Laurent Danielou from Rezo Films in France.

Catherine Mtsitouridze, head of Roskino, said: "I wanted to broaden the range of genres that we could show at this year's edition of Doors following last year's experiment when we only included one film, Spy (Shpion), which hadn't been screened on the festival circuit but which proved to be the biggest success. This time, out of 16 titles, at least nine have some international commercial potential, for example Betrayal (Izmena), Break Loose (Vosmerka), Kicking Off (Okolofutbola), The Major (Mayor), The Game of Truth (Igra V Pravdu), Once Upon A Time (Odnazhdy), Metro, Thirst (Zhazhda), Soulless (Dukhless). I'm glad that this year we are seeing buyers from other parts of the world; and as well as the Americans, we have distributors from the BRIC countries, which opens new commercial opportunities for Russian cinema. …

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