Dear friends and colleagues!

I am happy to greet you in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a place of extraordinary vitality, deeply rooted within Russias history, and at the same time ever open for progress and initiative. This latter quality proved to be decisive when we suggested St. Petersburg for the International Media Forum.

The concept developed by ROSKINO is based upon the idea of creating an international cross-platform event aimed at promoting a synergy of professionals and the audience. Besides this it is supposed to bring together people from cinema and TV industry, and high rollers on the market of new media startups. The agenda also includes a market, conferences, workshops of leading Russian and foreign specialists, Cinema Lab by Alexander Sokurov (C.L.A.S.), and some 50 premieres of the best films and series of the year.

When we were only starting the preparations for the Forum we didnt expect that soon the event would acquire an additional meaning. Now we see the St. Petersburg International Media Forum as a politics-free venue open for any discussions within the context of universal values. Culture is a bridge linking countries and people of good will. Nothing can be more symbolic in a city where bridges are opened and closed every night.

Andrei Tarkovsky said: If we take away all activities that have to do with extraction of profit, only art will remain. All of us working in media industry feel a responsibility not only for the growth of the business, but also for doing our best not to miss the most essential things human relations, love, and friendship.

I hope the Forum will help our foreign guests to see Russian cinema and TV market in a new light. I have no doubts that if the Forum becomes annual and if it has your support, with time, Saint Petersburg will become a worthy venue in the planets industry of entertainment.

Good luck and have fun!

Katya Mtsitouridze
General producer of SPIMF

member of SPIMF Board of Trustees


Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of Saint Petersburg I am thrilled to welcome the leaders of the international media industry to our city, which we hope will become an important venue for business development and interaction. The Media Forum has also prepared an exceptional program of film and TV premieres for the citizens of Saint Petersburg.
Vadim Zingman, Aeroflot deputy director for customer service The St. Petersburg Media Forum is just starting out but I am sure that it will become one of the most important events for the Russian and world media industries. We wish all the SPIMF participants a fruitful time, successful new partnerships and a fresh sense of perspective.

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