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The Russians Are Coming! Russia Film Lures Industryites to Screenings During Moscow Film Fest

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2012 at 4:03PM

Making their mark at Cannes, setting up a film commission in Beverly Hills, and inviting a cadre of industryites (including me) to a series of screenings during the upcoming 34th Moscow International Film Festival, Russia's film industry is putting down money on raising its global profile.
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Catherine Mtsitouridze at Cannes in 2008
Catherine Mtsitouridze at Cannes in 2008

Making their mark at Cannes, setting up a film commission in Beverly Hills, and inviting a cadre of industryites (including me) to a series of screenings during the upcoming 34th Moscow International Film Festival, Russia's film industry is putting down money on raising its global profile.

From June 22-24, the Russian Film Commission USA, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Cinema department of the Ministry of Culture and its state film promotion body Roskino (aka Sovexportfilm) are mounting the "Digital October Open Roskino Screening, DOORS" inside Moscow's old October Chocolate Factory, which has been transformed into the  Digital October Center. They will screen 20 new Russian films including Renata Litvinova's "Rita's Last Fairy Tale," starring Russian rock star Zemfira, introduce filmmakers and present industry panels for MIFF attendees. Their stated purpose: "encouraging acquisition discussion and activities and meetings with filmmakers who have new and existing projects." They also want filmmakers to consider Russia as a location and co-production partner.

The Russian Film Commission USA is headed by festival programmer, acquisition and co-production executive Eleonora Granata and Hollywood Foreign Press member Sergei Rakhlin; they work for Roskino Director General Catherine Mtsitouridze.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.