Ten film, series, and animation companies will showcase over 30 projects in India at South Asia’s largest content market—Film Bazaar
From 21 to 24 November in Goa, India the largest content market in South Asia—Film Bazaar—will take place. For the Russian film industry, this is the first comprehensive participation under the Russian Content Worldwide (RCW) brand in this market.
Ten Russian companies will be represented at the RCW stand organized by ROSKINO (Russian film promotion body). Among the new content that will be presented to buyers from India and other South Asian countries are the action comedy Grom: Boyhood (a prequel to the film Major Grom: Plague Doctor); the thriller Like a Man; the historical drama Union of Salvation. The Age of Wrath; the cartoon Detective Chirp and the Golden Beehive, (the world’s first full-length animation project created on a game engine); Dolphin Boy; the series To the Sea; the fantasy Aeterna. Part One; sci-fi thriller Reversible Reality; the animated series Babyriki andThe Beadies.
ROSKINO CEO Inna Shalyto: “The presence of Russian companies at such a significant event in the Asian content market marks a new stage in the development of Russian-Asian relations in the film and animation industry. We are optimistic about the prospects of strengthening business dialog with the Indian film industry, as well as representatives of other Asian countries, and are proud to present a range of projects at Film Bazaar: family adventure films, fantasy and science fiction films, comedies, mystical thrillers, and historical and sports dramas. More than a third of the projects are animated films and series. There is an increase in the audience of children’s channels in India and many other Asian countries—and a corresponding increase in the demand for animated content. Russian animation companies are ready for cooperation and co-production. I also note that this week, from November 17 to 20, ROSKINO, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, is organizing the Russian Film Festival in Mumbai. With these two events, we are comprehensively presenting the Russian content industry to both a general and professional audience.”
Bubble Studios will show international buyers a new action comedy Grom: Boyhood (a prequel to Major Grom: The Plague Doctor). The latter is a spectacular action movie about Major Igor Grom based on the original comic book of the same name, which became a hit not only in Russia, but also among the international audience (topping international Netflix in July 2021). The company is also counting on the international success of the new release.
Art Pictures Distribution is betting on a new family film The Adventures of Chuck and Huck, which tells the story of two brothers Chuck and Huck, who live with their mother in Moscow and miss their father, who works far in the North. Determined to meet the upcoming New Year together at any cost, they set off on an exciting journey to the mysterious Blue Mountains. The company notes that the films Attraction and The Calculator were previously sold to India, and deals are currently being finalized for the sci-fi thrillers Reversible Reality, Sputnik and Invasion.
Plus Studio, which is completely new to the Indian market in terms of content sales, is expecting to attract the attention of distributors to content dubbed into English, in particular the fantasy film Aeterna: Part One. The series Unprincipled, a universal story which will appeal to viewers from different countries, is also being presented at Film Bazaar.
Online cinema KION is expecting success in India with the large-scale historical drama Union of Salvation. The Age of Wrath(a story based on real events of the Decembrist uprising of 1825); a new family comedy Ivan Semenov – The School Trouble Maker; and the comedy-drama The Kidney.
GPM Entertainment Television (GPM ETV)will present the second season of the series To the Sea. At Film Bazaar, the company will focus on working with potential co-production partners for TNT’s comedy projects. Representatives of GPM ETV also noted strong interest in the format rights to a number of the company’s melodramatic projects from TNT and TV3 channels.
Among the projects from Central Partnership at Film Bazaar are the new thriller Like a Man, the sports drama Mr. Knockout, the thriller Who’s There?, and the animated film Dolphin Boy.
More than a third of Russian projects on the Film Bazaar market represent the animation segment. SMF Animation, which has had a lot of interest from the Indian market, will bring a new feature-length cartoon DetectiveChirp and the Golden Beehive. This is the world’s first full-length animated film created entirely on a game engine. SMF Animation will also present their projects The Secrets of Honey Hills, I’ll Get You!,The Adventures of Peter and Wolf, and Monsikids.
Animation Studio Platoshka, which has recently signed a contract with one of the most advanced animation studios in Asia—Toonz Media Group from India—for the distribution of the animated series The Beadies in Hindi on Youtube channels, will present it at Film Bazaar. The Beadies is an educational musical animated series for children under 4 years old, created with the participation of child psychologists. The company expects to establish business contacts with Indian TV channels and VOD platforms for further cooperation.
Red Carpet Studio is also entering the Indian market for the first time. At Film Bazaar, the company is presenting the kids’ animation project, Space Doctor Cat. The company is expecting to sell the licensing rights for the main OTT platforms in India and Southeast Asia.
RIKIGroup will show international buyers the animation projects The Fixies, Beardy Bodo. Travels, Tina and Tony, and Babyriki.
The Made in Moscow stand of the Moscow Export Center will also feature at the Film Bazaar market, with 14 more Russian companies (based in Moscow)developing in the field of creative industries. There are animation and film studios, content distributors, TV channels and companies working in the field of translation and localization of films.