Russian Animation on Asia Television Forum & Market Online+
Over 20 Moscow-based companies will present their new TV series, feature films, animation titles and production services at the Asia Television Forum & Market Online.
The international television forum and the largest audiovisual content market in Asia, Asia TV Forum & Market Online+ (ATF) opens on December 1, with the Russian delegation of 22 productions, distributors and post-production companies. 19 of them will be working at the joint virtual “Made in Moscow” stand. This year the event that traditionally takes place in Singapore in early December, will be fully digital.
The “Made in Moscow” platform has been organized under a special program supported by the Moscow Export Center (MEC), subordinated to the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of the City of Moscow. On December 3 and 4 two presentations of content from Moscow-based companies will be held under the “Made in Moscow” brand on the ATF Online+ platform. The showcase dedicated to animation will highlight nine animation companies, while the second presentation will focus on the film and TV content distributors and service companies. It’s Roskino that organizes the “Made in Moscow” stand backed up by MEC at the Asia TV Forum & Market.
“Moscow Export Center supports the participation of Moscow-based companies in ATF under “Made in Moscow” program. The Moscow Government covers up to 100 percent of the participation costs for Moscow-based exporters, arranges business meetings with international buyers, investors and producers, and promotes the joint delegation at the forum. It is important for us to support the development of creative industry at the global market, including Asian countries. Asian audience is already familiar with content from Moscow-based companies, with Russian animation especially popular in the region, but there is still much more to explore, with many possibilities for the exporters. Our goal is to help them boost sales to the Asian countries and build long-term partnerships with local players,” says Alexey Kalachev, CEO of the Moscow Export Center.
“Asian market is one of the top priorities for the national creative industry. We see that Russian content is in demand in the region – and it is not only about animation, there is much interest in TV series and feature films across all genres, from sci-fi to comedy. At the same time, we aim to go beyond sales and acquisitions, and encourage co-production with Asian partners. The “Made in Moscow” program is an excellent platform for this: the participants will present both new ready-mades and projects in development. Local buyers and producers will certainly find something they need for their audience”, says Evgenia Markova, CEO of Roskino.
“Made in Moscow” virtual stand brings together 19 Moscow-based companies, including Sreda production company, Revolution Film, Documentary Film Center, ODIN-MEDIA, R Media. Animation will be presented by Soyuzmultfilm, Wizart Animation, brand4rent, Digital Television Russia, Parovoz studio, Agama Film, Open Alliance Media and AA Studio.Post-production services will be offered by Flysound, Main Road Post, Flussonic, RuFilms and Sv-kadr.
The key projects of Soyuzmultfilm at ATF are the detective animated series “The Secrets of Honey Hills”, the musical series “Rockoons” for preschoolers, series “Claymotions”, produced in rare stop-motion clay technique for the youngest audience, and the comedy series targeted for elder kids from 9 to 12-year-old “The Adventures of Peter and Wolf”. The company is also looking for co-production partners for the new series “Frosh” and two re-boots of the well-known animation classics – “Scat-Cat” and “Umka”.
Wizart Animation will present two new animated series in a TV show format. The first show is “Backpack” about a three-year-old boy and his backpack, and the other one is a comedy series “Tin`s Firebots” about a firefighting team of robots and their adventures. Both projects are open to co-production. The company will also present the animated series “The Snow Queen: Keepers of Wonders” – a spin-off to the world-famous franchise, and the feature projects “The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands”, “Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal” and “Fantastic Return to Oz”.
Russian licensing agency brand4rent will present the “Monsikids” animated series about emotional intelligence for preschoolers. The project is already available on Amazon Prime, Kidoodle.TV and Ameba in the United States, on Xiaomi and Huawei platforms in China, and will soon appear on the screens of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Croatia and Slovenia – the company has signed an agreement with European distributors Arait Multimedia and Menart. brand4rent is looking for co-production partners for the “Flora & Team” project, which focuses on ecological and environmental issues.
Parovoz Animation Studio is looking for international co-production partners with four animated projects: brand-new “Amazing Cafe” about magic adventures of little girl Agatha, comedy “Spaceport” about distant future, the “Tweetville” sitcom and musical “Boo the Cat and the Good Boy”.
Digital Television Russia media holding will hold a pitching of its new project – “Puppies & Kittens” animated series about the relationship between heroes and the world around them. The key projects of the media holding, produced by Parovoz Animation Studio, are the animated series already well-known to the Asian audience: “Be-be-bears”, about the adventures of a brown bear named Bucky, a polar bear named Bjorn and their friend named Littlefox, “Leo and Tig” about the little leopard Leo and tiger cub Tig and their new friend monkey LiLi. The list also includes “Fantasy Patrol” about the exciting adventures of four young witches and “Heroes of Envell”about four gamer friends.
The main project of Agama Film is “Fairy-Teens” comedy, the adventure fantasy series for girls of 6-8 years.
Open Alliance Media will present four projects from different animation studios: its original animated series “JingleKids”, which has already found its way to the Asia-Pacific region (previously it was sold to Indonesia, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Pakistan and Mongolia), animated series for preschoolers “Tommy, the Little Dragon”, as well as two projects open for international co-production: musical “My World” and “Dr. Dinosaurus”. The focus of the company this year is South Korea, Vietnam and India – partners of Open Alliance Media are now dubbing “Jinglekids” into Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi and Bengali.
The main new title from AA Studio is the animated series “Mistery of Haunster” about overcoming the fears, negative traits and bad habits. AA Studio is interested in involving partners for co-production.
Riki Group will present well-known TV projects – “The Fixies”, “Tina and Tony”, “BabyRiki” and “PinCode”. The company is already represented in the Asian market and is currently developing a licensing program, working in partnership with Tencent and Alibaba Group. Within ATF Riki Group plans to find new partners and increase international presence in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The company will also show projects in development – “Question Club”, “The Amazing Spoilers” and “Weatherville”, the latter awarded at the last year’s ATF animation pitching.
Russian companies will present their production services at the ATF and RAFA member – Main Road Post among them.
Main Road Post, a visual effects and computer graphics production studio, offers visual effects services for feature films, commercials, games and TV Series. The company’s portfolio encompasses more than 50 movie titles, including the most significant Russian blockbusters, such as “Stalingrad”, “Attraction”, “Sputnik”, as well as the international projects “Wanted” (USA), “The Seventh Son” (USA), and “Warriors of Future” (Hong Kong). Main Road Post is participating at ATF for the first time this year, actively working with the foreign markets and considering Asia to be one of the most important destinations.
ATF will take place at a special digital platform from 1st to 4th of December, gathering more than 1000 content buyers from 60 countries annually. This year the buyers list includes IQIYI, WarnerMedia, HBO Asia, Netflix Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (South East Asia), Tubi, Kidoodle TV, WildBrain, Freebie TV, TeleCine, TokyoPop, IVI and many others.
The world industry leaders will speak at an international conference – TUBI CEO Adam Levinson, BBC Studios Executive Vice President John Penn, True Digital Group President Michael Gryseels, and many others.
Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) is Asia’s leading international content market for buying, selling, financing, distribution and co-production, the platform to acquire knowledge, network, buy, sell, finance, distribute and co-produce across all platforms. It is the premier stage in Asia to engage with the entertainment industry’s top players from around the world. This year, 21st edition of ATF has established itself as a proven trade event with global reach. Due to the pandemic situation, ATF goes online this year with ATF ONLINE+, enabling desired connections between Asia and the world. The event will take place from 1st to 4th of December.
ATF’s official representative in Russia, Ukraine and CIS countries is “Expocontent”.
Moscow Export Center was established by the Government of Moscow to work with entrepreneurs in the field of financial and non-financial support measures and to promote the products to international markets. One of the main objectives of the MEC is to strengthen the position of Moscow as a leader in export volumes among Russian regions and to increase the number of Moscow exporters.
ROSKINO is the organization representing the Russian industry of audiovisual content on the international markets. ROSKINO promotes Russian films to global markets at events such as the AFM in LA, EFM in Berlin, Marché du film, MipTV and MipCOM in Cannes, FILMART in Hong Kong, international film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, London, the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the European Film Awards. The company also supports the distribution of Russian content and helps to attract investors and partners interested in co-production with Russia.
ROSKINOS’s primary aim is to develop effective system to support Russian content in foreign countries and promote Russia as a solid partner for international cooperation and co-production.