THE AMERICAN FILM MARKET (AFM)has been held since 1981 and has become the largest film market in the world. It is the key business event for independent film and production companies from all over the world. Participants from over 70 countries are taking part at the AFM. All the 15 theatres of Santa Monica are open for the AFM with 700 screenings of 400 films, many of which are world and American premieres. Every year over 10 thousand film industry professionals visit the AFM.
ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally.
Since its foundation in 1924 ROSKINO facilitates the integration of the Russian filmmakers into the world industry. In 2014 the company celebrated its 90th anniversary.
The company promotes Russian cinema at major film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Toronto), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du FIlm and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports distribution of Russian cinema and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships.
One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international traveling film market that allows the company to present national cinema at various markets around the world.
Since 2012 ROSKINO operates the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles.
In 2014 ROSKINO launches a London office, ROSKINO-UK.
In October, 2014 ROSKINO organized the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum, a high profile event uniting three types of content markets dealing with film, TV and new media that generated a considerable attention in the national and international media industry.
Katya Mtsitouridzeis head of ROSKINO, Channel One film expert, Variety Russia Editor-in-Chief, SPIMF concept developer and general producer.
Katya graduated from the Tbilisi State University with an MA in history and film studies.
She is the author and narrator of This Is Cinema, a regular show on Russia’s Channel One.
She is ROSKINO CEO since 2011.
Her portfolio includes diplomas of the film festivals in Cannes and Venice as well as the AFM market in LA.
In June, 2001, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.
In May, 2002, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival.
In June, 2003, Catherine was on the jury for debut films at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.
In May, 2008, she was a member of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the 61th Cannes International Film Festival.
In the same 2008, she initiated the creation of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival which she is heading to the present day.
From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Catherine provided PR support in US and Canada for The Edge (Krai), a film by Alexey Uchitel, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the HFPA Golden Globe awards.
In September, 2011 she was in charge of the international PR and advertising campaign of Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.
In June, 2012 she held the first DOORS International Traveling Film Market of Russian content within the framework of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival.
In November, 2012, Catherine reached an agreement with HULU, one of the leading US digital platforms, for the VOD release of 12 contemporary Russian titles.
In May, 2014 she reached a further agreement for the distribution of CTC Media TV Content through HULU platforms.
In October 2014 Catherine held the first edition of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum of which she was the concept developer and general producer.
Katya is a member of FIPRESCI, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, the Russian and International Unions of Journalists, the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. She also holds an MA in History.