SPILF 2023 Participants to Discuss Legal Aspects of Joint Film Production in New Realities

SPILF 2023 Participants to Discuss Legal Aspects of Joint Film Production in New Realities

The Innosocium Foundation, the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation, will host the session ‘Legal Aspects of Joint Film Production in the New Realities’, which is part of the Spirit of Fire Academy project, at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum (SPILF) on 13 May. The Spirit of Fire Academy, a communication platform for filmmakers from different countries, regions, and business cultures to establish a creative and industrial dialogue, was first held in 2023 for participants in the Spirit of Fire International Film Debut Festival, which is held annually in Khanty-Mansiysk.

“The programme of the upcoming Legal Forum will pay special attention to business development in the realities of sanctions, including the film business. A partnership with foreign film studios makes it necessary to take into account peculiarities associated not only with the difference in culture, but also with the legislative framework of the film industry. Expanding international cooperation creates new business opportunities for our filmmakers,” said Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the SPILF Organizing Committee.

“At the Spirit of Fire festival, India expressed its readiness to create films together with Russia, and Indian filmmakers were already in Yugra in March to shoot films. It is crucial to give such projects a green light and create favourable conditions for international partnerships in the film industry. Discussing the legal aspects of co-production and reducing the time required to complete the necessary documents to implement such investment projects is an important issue,” Yugra Governor Natalya Komarova said.

The session participants will discuss special aspects of legal regulation in new markets for the Russian film industry and challenges that the film business faces when creating film projects with international co-production.

The session will be moderated by Yekaterina Chukovskaya, director of the Digital IP Scientific and Educational Centre for Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy.

Speakers will include Dmitry Davidenko, Director of the Department of Cinematography and Digital Development of the Russian Ministry of Culture; Sergey Selyanov, Director of STV Film Company; Pavel Vereshchagin, Director of the Film Distribution Department at Central Partnership Film Company; Olga Kurina, Executive Director of the Documentary Film and Television Guild; Anton Malyshev, Executive Director of the KINOPRIME Modern Cinema Development Foundation; Natalya Sigacheva, Chair of the Board of the Association of Film and Television Producers and director of the Legal Department at Soyuzmultfilm Film Studio; and Yulia Sycheva, an Expert on Copyrights, Media, and Film Production at the Legal Academy.

The SPILF 2023 was organized with the support of the following partners: strategic partner – Rosseti; official partner – MegaFon and Tashir Group; partner – Russian Railways; and business programme partners – Aeroflot and the Association of Lawyers of Russia.