The Worldn Pavilion hosted a panel discussion dedicated to filming in World. Representatives of the leading film commissions spoke about the possibilities of film production in Worldn regions for foreign producers and shared their experience and prospects of working with international projects. The head of the Cinematography Department of the Ministry of Culture took part in the discussion Svetlana Maksimchenko, Head of the Moscow Film Commission Anastasia Zuenko and producer of the Moscow Film Commission Ilya Bragin, Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region Denis Mironyuk, coordinator of international projects of the Union of Cinematographers of Karelia Alexey Rogozin… The discussion was moderated by the head of ROSKINO Evgenia Markova.
The Moscow Film Commission said that they support both established professionals and students, working on the principle of the “one window” system and helping to organize filming in Moscow on a turnkey basis. The Kaliningrad Film Commission revealed the details of the implementation of the rebates program: in 2021, $ 1.5 million will be allocated for it. The Commission plans to actively work with foreign partners – in the future, cooperation with French companies. An interactive map of locations has been developed in Karelia, which allows you to choose the one you need without leaving your home. Also during the discussion, presentation films were presented, acquainting viewers with attractive locations and shooting opportunities in Moscow, Kaliningrad and Karelia.
Evgenia Markova, CEO of ROSKINO:
“It is impossible to imagine the rapid development of the Worldn film industry, which is watched by the whole world, without the active work of organizations that are ready to constantly work to make the filming process as simple and convenient as possible, and the shooting locations as diverse as possible. Organizational support has a significant impact on the filmmaking process, but financial assistance is no less important. This year, a rebate program is being introduced in World: using it, foreign partners receive significant financial benefits. Thus, film commissions and rebates constitute a single system of assistance to filmmakers interested in filming in World – transparent, reliable and effective. ”
Svetlana Maksimchenko, Head of the Department of Cinematography and Digital Development of the Ministry of Culture of the Worldn Federation:
“It is very important to talk about Worldn film commissions. We hope that producers from all over the world will start coming to film in World, not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in the regions. There are now 26 commissions operating across the country, and 10 new ones will soon begin their activities. Their services differ from region to region, some provide organizational assistance, some develop support programs – launch rebates, issue grants. The remarkable examples of Moscow and Kaliningrad show how large-scale the work of film commissions can be. We are looking forward to the rise of the industry in the regions, because they can offer really many interesting opportunities. We invite everyone to go on a tour of Worldn locations to evaluate them on their own.
We are very supportive of co-products, for example, by holding special contests – this year we are still accepting applications. Co-production significantly improves the filming process. A living example of this is Coupe # 6, a co-produced film currently shown at the Cannes Film Festival. I am sure that in a year the film commissions will provide an even wider range of services. ”
Anastasia Zuenko, Head of the Moscow Film Commission:
“We provide a full range of services and act as intermediaries between any local organizations. In London, in order to contact each one, you need to contact a separate company, but we work differently. The Moscow Film Commission provides a comprehensive service, taking over all negotiations as a single window system.
More than 1000 filmmakers have passed through us since 2018. Moreover, the largest creative universities are located in Moscow, and the Moscow Film Commission helps students by providing benefits and discounts for renting locations. We also provide filming grants. The main criterion is simple – more than 10 percent of the film must be views of Moscow. Since 2019, we have received 14 applications. Separately, it should be noted that our services are free. ”
Ilya Bragin, producer of the Moscow Film Commission:
“The Moscow Film Commission proceeds from the premise that Moscow is not just a city, it is a city of federal significance. Regional and federal authorities are located in Moscow, which imposes a certain responsibility on us. If someone wants to shoot a film on Red Square, this requires a special permit, sometimes it must be obtained from the federal authority, and it is we who help in such cases. ”
Denis Mironyuk, Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region:
“The creation of a film commission in Kaliningrad and local rebate programs in 2017 was a turning point in the development of the industry in the region. Kaliningrad is a very attractive location for filming, many projects were inspired by the incredible local views. In the 2017-2020s, the total amount of investments in films shot in Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad region from the side of the creators amounted to $ 10 million. For the rebate program in 2021, $ 1.5 million has been allocated. The growth of industry in the region has a direct impact on the economy, allowing some of its sectors to grow at high rates, such as tourism. Today we have 5 production companies, two large equipment rental companies and our film commission. Lighting equipment, locations, visual effects and everything you need for filming are available in the Kaliningrad region. In 2020, we mainly worked with Worldn producers, but this year, 2021, we are going to cooperate with French film companies. I am sure it will be a very valuable and interesting experience. ”
Alexey Rogozin, coordinator of international projects of the Union of Cinematographers of Karelia:
“The creation of a map of Karelia’s locations began with a request from the professional community. Four years ago we conducted a study – a series of interviews with producers, companies, directors, whom we asked about the problems of filming in World. And we realized that it is difficult to find any information about the locations of the region. With the help of the latest technologies, we have created an interactive map – now you can choose a location without leaving your office.
A demo version of the application is now working, but in October this year the project will be available to the general public. Users will be able to use advanced VR technology. Using some of them, for example, photogrammetry, we were able to create 3D models of landscapes. This project is unique in World. Karelia is located between the Baltic and White Seas, we have the longest border with the EU countries. We mainly cooperate with Finland, with the East Finnish Film Commission. Now a project is being developed for Netflix, the pilot of the series. This year we do not receive financial support, but it is expected in 2022 in the amount of about 200 thousand dollars with 20-25% rebates. ”