The film industry research company that drew up the criteria for Russia’s controversial state cinema support system has signed a strategic agreement with the country’s state film fund.
Moscow-based Movie Research, which developed the analytical tools used to decide which eight production companies would share an annual film support fund of $68 million, will provide research and forecasts on the domestic film and exhibition industry for the film fund.
Sergei Tolstikov, the head of the state film fund, said, “It is essential that we have the information to understand the process of realizing a new model of state support for cinema.”
The partnership between the fund and Movie Research is likely to be criticized in Russia, where the funding formula is the subject of intense controversy.
Many industryites have objected to the way in which the companies were selected to receive the lion’s share of state film funding.
Veteran director Alexei German, one of the leading personalities objecting to the changes, warned that the new system had polarized the film industry in Russia and would collapse.
Producer Alexander Rodnyansky, who is not due to receive a share of the state funds, said last month that the new system was unstable and not likely to last more than a year or two.