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Russia's Wizart Animation Moves It's "Frozen" Features

by Jerry Beck
May 19, 2014 7:30 PM
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With Disney's Frozen breaking all records internationally, Russia's Wizart Animation has wasted no time in signing several important contracts for distribution of its Snow Queen 2 in major countries during the opening days of the Cannes film festival.

The Snow Queen 2 will be released in Poland (by Kino Swiat) and in Israel (by Film House) in December 2014 day-and-date with Russia and CIS, the UK, South Korea and the Middle East. The Snow Queen has been a great success in Poland and Israel since its theatrical release in 2013, so the expectations of both companies are very high.

"After the great success of The Snow Queen in Poland we are very happy to be working with Wizart Animation on their two new projects, hoping to built a long term relationship, as they deliver product of excellent quality,” said Marcin Piasecki from Kino Swiat.

Another feature, Sheep and Wolves feature will be released in Latin America countries – Peru, Columbia, Bolivia and Ecuador. Theatrical rights were acquired by Star Films. "We have seen the amazing quality of animation in Russia and we are excited to be able to show it in Latin America," said Aman Kumar Kapur, from Star Films. MT Entertainment has acquired the distribution rights to Sheep and Wolves for Indonesia.

Additionally, Chinese company Flame Node Entertainment has acquired the theatrical distribution rights for The Snow Queen, which will be shown in cinemas at the end of 2014, and The Snow Queen 2, which is set to premiere in 2015.

Films produced by Wizart Animation will also go into distribution in other Asian countries. The company Suraya has acquired the rights to the theatrical release of The Snow Queen (2012) in Malaysia and the Philippines.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia are amongst the European countries for which theatrical release agreements have been signed (for The Snow Queen, with ITAFILM). In addition, television rights for The Snow Queen in French-speaking Canada have been sold to Phase 4 Films.

"Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale The Snow Queen is known by every single child in Slovakia and the Czech Republic," said Juraj Brocko, Head of Distribution of ITAFILM. "Recently, the growing film market in these territories has been lacking Russian films for children, especially animated titles. This is in spite of the fact that they were highly popular in the past. We believe that The Snow Queen will open new horizons and possibilities for children’s projects in Central Europe."

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  • Mehitabel | May 20, 2014 1:12 PMReply

    Russia should spend some money on a full restoration of its beautiful 2-D-animated Snow Queen, made in 1957. It's pitiful and appalling how decrepit it is. I have a copy of it, because I love the film so much, but it's painful to watch at times. The new Snow Queen, in CGI, is laughably awful. I couldn't make it through the first 15 minutes. It's sad that the most inept CGI takes precedence over ALL 2-D animation these days. Shame on you, Russia. Restore your traditional animation. Some of it is good enough to match some of Disney's classics.

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