Development of russian animation
RUSSIAN ANIMATED FILM ASSOCIATION
A general meeting of Russian Animated Film Association’s members was held on 2 March. There were 47 representatives and 36 studios-members of Association from 6 regions of Russia among participants!
WHAT IS RAFA?
Animated Film Association – is an association of legal entities representing the interests of organizations that belong to animation industry in Russia. Association is concerned with international promotion of Russian animation, with development of education in the industry, and design of domestic SW. An important aspect of work of Animated Film Association is promotion of industry’s interests on all levels of state authority. Thus, in 2017, producers of industrial studios had an arranged meeting with the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Association also deals with building of professional standards in animation, participates in different Russian and international events, for instance: Licensing World Russia, exhibition and competition Multimir, MIPCOM and MIP Junior in Cannes. Thanks to the work of the Association, Russian animation grows quite swiftly and enters new international markets. It is important that number of Association’s members keeps increasing every year.
MAIN TOPICS OF THE MEETING
The topics relevant for Russian animation were discussed at the meeting of RAFA members. The president of Association Ilya Popov, chairman of the board Yuliana Slashcheva, and executive director Irina Mastusova discussed the results of the year and plans of further development. Heads of three Association’s Committees had a speech at the event: Anton Grishin from Education Committee, Yury Moskvin from International Promotion Committee, and Alexander Gerasimov concerned with development of author’s animation. Parovoz Animation Studio was represented by CEO Anton Smetankin, and Polina Semenova, head of PR-department. On behalf of Parovoz Studio, they presented to RAFA plush Bucky and Bjorn from Be-be-bears animated series after the event.
The meeting was held in a friendly, and yet business atmosphere. Undoubtedly, due to live communication of industry’s professionals and the relevance of raised questions such events make an important contribution to development of animation in Russia.