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SPIMF Organizers Announce Press Conference Date

Participants will talk about the film screenings and the events of the business program

At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30 at the Old St. Peterburg Stock Exchange building on the Strelka, Vasilyevsky Island, a press conference will be given by the organizers of the First St. Petersburg International Media Forum (SPIMF).

Participants include:

Ekaterina Mtsitouridze, head of ROSKINO, Channel One Russia film expert, general producer of SPIMF and member of the SPIMF board of trustees;
Alexander Sokurov, film director, member of the SPIMF board of trustees, curator of the "K.L.A.S." Creative Laboratory in Repino village;
Dmitry Kabanov, executive producer of SPIMF;

Alexander Mamontov, curator of the program Mamentum, general director of "Fest fest";
Boris Nelepo, curator of the programs Locarno Local and N-L-PO, film critic, Locarno film festival consultant on cinematography in the CIS;
Alexei Medvedev, curator of the programs Britannica and Teen Spirit, film critic, festival producer;
Alyona Bocharova, curator of the program Non-Fiction;
Kirill Sorokin, curator of the program Non-Fiction;
Mikhail Trofimenkov, curator of the program Trofey, columnist for Kommersant publishing house, film critic;
Vasily Koretsky, curator of the North Korean film program Kor-Kor, film critic, editor-in-chief of Colta.ru;
Konstantin Shavlovsky, curator of the program Pilot, film critic, editorial director of the magazine Sance;
Denis Gorshkov, producer, television content market;
Elena Sanbeam, curator, television content market;
Igor Ushanev, curator, television content market;
Denis Ruzayev, curator, market for startups and new media, film critic;
Ekaterina Semyonova, curator of the program of cross-platform panel discussions;
Anna Ryasik, curator of the Market for film and the international traveling market DOORS, head of ROSKINO-UK.

Press conference participants will talk about the film screenings and the various events of the business program of SPIMF.

In the cinema section of the Media Forum, 50 film and TV premieres are planned as part of the ten programs prepared by the above curators, as well as the Creative Film Laboratory of Alexander Sokurov, "K.L.A.S.".

The forum opens with the Russian premiere of Mommy, by the young Canadian director Xavier Dolan, a film that received the Juror's prize at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. SPIMF will close with the world premiere of Serena, directed by Oscar-winner Suzanne Bier and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the lead roles. A full three days after its showing in St. Petersburg, Serena will be shown in London at the closing of a film festival.

More than 1200 media professionals will take part in the commercial part of the SPIMF festival: producers, directors, distributors, representatives of leading sales companies from Europe, Asia, North America and the BRICS countries.

The biggest companies in the film and television industry have already confirmed their participation, including NBC, Universal, Warner Bros, Disney, Showtime, Starz, Fox, Sony, Fremantle, Lionsgate, HBO, CBS, and Endemol. In the area of digital technology, companies include Netflix, Hulu, Film London, Tribeca Film Festival, TFI New Media Fund, Vice Media, and Power to the Pixel, PopUp Cinema and others. Among the Russian participants from the New Media sector are such leading companies as Rambler&Co, VKontakte, IVI, Amediateka, and STS Media.


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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