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The Greatest Art Form: Opening a Film Cluster in the Far East
2 September 2021
17:15—18:45
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The regions are interested in supporting local film production since it helps to draw attention to the region itself

Naturally, cinema is one of the best ways to promote the territories. [...] Therefore, the territories, their governors, development organizations, and ministries of regional development would like to foster the creation of this kind of thing [...] Cinema rebates are a good investment tool to promote the territory and not an investment to ensure the quality of the film. In fact, it is the region’s advertising budget and should be spent to make the region interesting and attract visitors — Fedor Scherbakov, General Director, Lenfilm Film Studio.

Everyone understands that we’re talking about the promotion of the region, which will make it onto the big screen on the federal channel — Dina Podprugina, General Director, Baikalkino.

Filmmaking has been successful in the Far East, though not financially

We haven’t quite learned yet how to make money on this (cinema – ed.). Our films are successful at festivals and win awards. Many of our films are successful on the domestic market: in Yakutia, our Yakut films earn more than Transformers — Afanasiy Savvin, General Director, Sakha Republic Development Corporation.

We know that it is a very difficult thing to make money on films, even films nominated for an Academy Award. [...] How much more, then, is this true for those of us who make films in the Far East — Alexander Melnik, Film Director, Screenwriter, Member of Russian Guild of Film Directors.

For 18 years we have been quietly working on Pacific Meridian (Asia-Pacific international film festival - ed.). [...] We are the only ones in the Far East who have ventured into this Asia-Pacific niche — Yefim Zvenyatsky, Artistic Director, Primorsky Academic Drama Theatre named after M. Gorky; Russian Government Cultural Affairs Award 2016 Winner.

ISSUES
A shortage of manpower and infrastructure and the remoteness of the location have made the Far East less attractive and competitive when choosing a location for filming

The history of the development of the Far East, of the entire region is delightful. The locations and opportunities for filming are fantastic! But how can you get here from over 10,000 kilometers away? Filmmakers all say they need money, funding, to do so — Yefim Zvenyatsky, Artistic Director, Primorsky Academic Drama Theatre named after M. Gorky; Russian Government Cultural Affairs Award 2016 Winner.

We have a lot of directors, but there are still not enough technical specialists. We would like to work with our community to solve this problem somehow — Afanasiy Savvin, General Director, Sakha Republic Development Corporation.

On the one hand, there isn’t enough money, and on the other, there is a terrible shortage of personnel — Fedor Scherbakov, General Director, Lenfilm Film Studio.

The lack of a clear system of interaction in the film industry complicates related

Almost nowhere in the Far East can you come across a reliable system for filmmakers, especially visiting filmmakers from other regions or countries, where the conditions and rules of the game would be clear, and it would be understandable who to talk to and how to get everything organized — Fedor Scherbakov, General Director, Lenfilm Film Studio.

SOLUTIONS
The creation of an organization that would bring together film industry representatives and establish work processes would help participants work more effectively

It would be good to create a subsection, structure, system, fund, or corporation like the Ministry for the Development of the Far East that could regulate the process in terms of not only economic profitability, but also in terms of educational profitability, of something that shapes personality, public opinion, worldview, that creating the art itself — Alexander Melnik, Film Director, Screenwriter, Member of Russian Guild of Film Directors.

I propose creating an association of the Far East. This association will include all institutions, studios, festival directorates, individual producers, and representatives of individual filmmakers. We would create a Cinema Cluster of the Far East reference website so that information was always there on the site: […] what filmmaking was happening in the Far East in general — Alexey Romanov, Artistic Director, Autonomous Institution of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) State Oil Company "Sakhafilm".

To increase cinema development in the Far Eastern Federal District, we must consider opening a regional technology centre

We propose creating a technology centre under our state film company to provide technical services to all fellow filmmakers across the entire Far Eastern region — Alexey Romanov, Artistic Director, Autonomous Institution of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) State Oil Company "Sakhafilm".

Buryatia has people, it has ideas, and it has all the conditions needed to develop regional cinema. But first we need to resolve three initial problems to move forward. First, we need to create an institution with its own material and technical base, with a film studio, film company offices, a platform for meeting talent and producers, and the creation of a creative community. Second, we need professional films. [...] Third, we need a rebate system — Dina Podprugina, General Director, Baikalkino.

Filmmaking should be developed by attracting private financial investments as well as at the expense of public funds.

We have one of the few private film foundations in Russia, Sakhovod. [...] There is a very positive tendency in Yakutia for private individuals not connected to the film industry to invest in cinema. [...] We hope to be able by the end of the year to launch our small film foundation and attract money thereby through users and from private sources. That is to say, we hope to be able to distribute private money along with money from the state — Afanasiy Savvin, General Director, Sakha Republic Development Corporation.