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Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:20 GMT

The Russian film industry to be represented in Dubai

(MENAFN- Roskino ) Fourteen Russian companies will present more than 60 projects in Dubai International Content Market DICM 2022 - romantic comedies, historical dramas, documentary films, and animation, the high quality of which is recognized internationally

The Russian film industry is participating in the Dubai International Market DICM 2022 for the second year in a row. New products from Russian companies united under the umbrella brand Russian Content Worldwide (RCW) will be available for international content buyers. The RCW stand is organized by ROSKINO – an organization representing the Russian audiovisual industry in the international markets.

Inna Shalyto, CEO of ROSKINO: “We appreciate the potential of DICM market to show off new Russian content and for showing us the trends in the MENA media industry and its audiences. Dubai is one of the centers of the content industry in the Middle East—so we also use the opportunity to organize business dialogs with key players in the UAE and the wider MENA region. Moreover, from 25 to 27 November in Dubai we are organizing the Russian Film Festival to present the recent Russian movies and animations for local citizens and guests of Dubai. So, having these two events we promote Russian film industry both in professional environment and among wide audience”.


Among Russian feature films and series that will be presented at DICM market are: a new family comedy "Chebi: My Fluffy Friend” with a cartoon character beloved by millions of kids in Russia and many other countries; sports dramas "Eleven Silent Men" (will be of particular interest to football fans) and "KAMAZ.Extreme Racing" about Russian legendary motorsport team KAMAZ-master: historical projects "Tobol", "Ekaterina. Pretenders” and the large-scale historical drama “Union of Salvation. The Age of Wrath" (a story based on real events of the Decembrist uprising of 1825). There will be also documentaries among the projects, for example, “Arctic. The Great Expedition” about the problem of global warming and the rapid melting of ice in the Arctic and "High Point" about the scientific research of the planet Earth from space.

The feature films and series will be presented by the following Russian companies: All Media (a START company); online cinemas START и KION; Production company «Sreda»; one of the top Russian broadcasters NTV; Sovtelexport (the official content distributor of Russia Television and Radio);, Pimanov&Partners: Odin-Media, Russkoe Film Company.

A large number of Russian projects presented in Dubai are animations. They are presented by SMF Animation, RIKI Group, Parovoz Animation Studio, Digital TV Russia, X-Media Digital.

Among the animation projects are “Detective Chirp and the Golden Beehive”, the world's first full-length animation project created on a game engine; “The Fixies” and many others.

More about Russian projects on DICM 2022

Sovtelexport has been representing the Russia Television and Radio holding's content in the Middle East and North Africa for several years. At the DICM 2022, the company is betting on the third season of a large-scale historical drama about Catherine the Great - “Ekaterina.Pretenders"; a modern mystical detective story "Dreamcatcher" and a documentary film "High Point" about the scientific research of the planet Earth from space. Previously, as a result of previous deals in MENA region, the company sold the rights to dramas about strong female characters: the television series Anna Karenina, and others. The OSN TV channel included the drama “Einstein. The Theory of Love”, “Sophia” and “Zuleikha opens her eyes”. The dramatic story about the fate of Zuleikha was shown on the state-owned satellite channel Sharjah TV.

At the DICM 2022, online cinema START offers buyers projects in different genres, from classic drama to big historical epic, all of which take into account the peculiarities of the regional market in terms of themes and storylines, and may be of interest to local players. The company is now finalizing the first deal for the sale of format rights in North Africa and the Middle East. In parallel, START works on new projects that may be interesting to MENA audience: one of these projects is the romantic comedy Ms Sweet, which will be available in English dubbing. The series produced by the company are interesting to MENA buyers not only as a finished product, but also as a format for adaptation.

All Media (a START company) presents the family comedy “Chebi: My Fluffy Friend”, the fantasy adventure “Red Riding Hood”, the upcoming action film “Litvyak” and the thriller “Live”. All Media also presents a film of its own production - the thriller Tibra.

Production company "Sreda" is offering to international buyers the crime drama "Chimera", which shows three worlds colliding in a struggle for power in a black market that claims the lives of millions and brings in billions. Earlier, they sold two seasons of the series “Method” to the MENA territory.

Pimanov & Partners presents the sports drama about football "Eleven Silent Men", which was released in 2022. The plot is based on the story of the legendary Dynamo Moscow team, which flew to the UK in 1945 to play a series of matches with the best British teams, including Chelsea and Arsenal. The film will be of particular interest to football fans, since all sports scenes were filmed during the real game of the actors in football. Also, the interest of international buyers from the MENA region in this sports drama can be facilitated by the World Cup, which is taking place these days in Qatar. In addition, the representatives of the company hope that the fantastic comedy “Dolly the Sheep Was Angry and Died Early” will also not leave MENA region buyers indifferent, since the film, first of all, tells about the complexities of relationships between different generations, a universal theme for an international audience.

Among the projects of the NTV channel (one of the top Russian broadcasters) at the DICM 2022 market are four action-packed series. Among them are the sports drama "KAMAZ. Extreme Racing", telling the story of the strongest racing team "KAMAZ-master" (the best racing drivers in the world in the class of sports trucks); the historical detective story "Noble Detective", the action of which takes viewers to St. Petersburg at the end of the 19th century; the action-packed melodrama "Dr.Driver" and the detective story "Hitman's Curse", which tells the story of a former policeman who embarked on the path of revenge, and other projects will also be presented.

Online cinema KION is expecting success with the large-scale historical drama “Union of Salvation. The Age of Wrath” (a story based on real events of the Decembrist uprising of 1825); a new family comedy “Ivan Semenov – The School Trouble Maker”; and the comedy-drama “The Kidney”.

SMF Animation will bring to Dubai a cartoon “Detective Chirp and the Golden Beehive”, the world's first full-length animated film created entirely on a game engine, and other animation projects - Monsikids, Secrets of Honey Hills, I'll Get You!, The Adventures of Peter and Wolf. Earlier, the studio had previously sold the animated series Orange Moo-Cow to E-vision (through Cyber Group) to MENA territories.

Parovoz Animation Studio presentы on the DICM market three animated series, for which it is looking for partners in co-production - "Tweetville" (in production), "Spaceport" and “Boo the Cat and the Good Boy" (under development). According to the company representatives, the DICM market provides an excellent opportunity to establish partnerships in the MENA region, as it has a rich creative and business potential. The DICM allows to find new creative ideas and projects at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures.

RIKI Group will show international buyers the animation projects The Fixies, Beardy Bodo. Travels, Tina and Tony and Babyriki.

Digital TV Russia presents flagship projects - Be-be-bears, Fantasy Patrol, Cats-Dogs and Leo and Tig (produced by Parovoz animation studio).

X-Media Digital will offer to international buyers the animated series “Princess play time” and “Cars, Cars”. The company is interested in cooperation with TV channels, online cinemas and independent distributors.


Russian Content Worldwide (RCW) by ROSKINO – is the umbrella export brand of the Russian content industry. The mission of Russian Content Worldwide is to develop international ties and business cooperation, increase the transparency of the Russian film industry, and organize communication between Russian players whose work is focused on foreign markets, and an international audience interested in new names, original content, and new horizons in film production.


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