Tatarstan has hosted the International Economic Forum "Russia -
Islamic World: Kazan Forum 2023", which saw 5, 000 guests from 80
The forum was not only significant in terms of the number of
attendees, but also for important subjects that were discussed
throughout the event.
A panel session "Film production as a driver of economic
development of the region" сovered the strategies for the
development of the national film production and international
projects for the economic development.
Speakers touched upon the practice of joint production of
documentaries, strengthening national interests in
A topic of great importance was discussed concerning how to
enhance the recognition of our national culture and effectively
educate the younger generation, given the current trend of
digitalization on a global scale.
The discussions revolved around numerous topics such as
organizing film festivals, forums, and pitchings, addressing the
challenges faced by regional cinema, exploring co-production
opportunities and much more.
Director of AzerbaijanFilm studio Nazim Huseynov spoke about the
perspectives of international projects in the field of
cinematography. He drew special attention to the role of traditions
created with the help of the national film industry in the
development of the region.
In his speech, Nazim Huseynov noted that Azerbaijan successfully
cooperates with filmmakers from Uzbekistan and Turkiye. He stressed
the growing interest of Indian filmmakers in Azerbaijan,
particularly Baku as a preferred filming destination.
Note that AzerbaijanFilm Studio celebrates its 100th
anniversary. By its centenary, AzerbaijanFilm Studio has launched a
series of programs.
AzerbaijanFilm Studio actively organizes competitions aimed at
supporting and stimulating the activities of talented people
working in the field of cinematography, attracting creative forces
to the process, and forming a scenario portfolio for the film
The film studio holds exhibitions that will showcase the best
photographs taken during the filming process.
Cinematographers from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India,
Russia and other countries also addressed the panel session,
moderated by the member of the Russian Filmmakers' Union and the
Russian Guild of Film Critics, journalist and producer Ivan
Chairman of the Kyrgyz Filmmakers' Union Taalaibek Kulmendeev
expressed his readiness to create joint film projects with
Chairman of the BelarusianFilmmakers' Union Viktor Vasiliev
noted that the influence of the Russian screen cult of Russia had
an important character for Belarus, the proximity of destinies and
cultures. Many joint projects have been implemented by the two
Film producer, founder and co-owner of Indian Films (Russia),
Zakaria Entertainment (India), Doctor of Neurosurgery (India)
Mohammed Tahsin Nazim said that agreements on joint projects have
been signed. He also spoke about the costs of creating a cinema in
General Director of Mikhalev Production Center LLC Andrey
Mikhalev stated that there is more and more digital content, and
they have found a project for children that translates values.
Deputy Executive Director of the Regional Cinematography Support
Fund of the Russian Filmmakers' Union Dmitry Yakunin said that
regional cinema leads to the development of tourism, the increase
of jobs, and the growth of the economy.
The panel session continued with other discussions on major