April 8, 2016

Today Is Animation Day in Russia!

April 8 is National Animation Day in Russia. The world’s first puppet animation film, The Beautiful Leukanida by Vladislav Starevich, was premiered on this day in 1912.

For CTB Film Company this day is undoubtedly close to home. For over 17 years our animated projects, which we produced in collaboration with Melnitsa Animation Studio, have been conquering hearts and minds of people around the world.

The past few months have brought us a number of awards and achievements.

The CEO of CTB, Sergey Selyanov, producer of Melnitsa Studio, Alexander Boyarsky, and Melnitsa’s director Konstantin Bronzin received Presidential Awards for their contribution to the development of national animation.

The third installment of one of the most successful franchises in the genre of Russian animated film, about the adventures of Prince Ivan and the Gray Wolf, which premiered on January 1, broke the New Year’s box office revenues and grossed over $10 million rubles.

Konstantin Bronzit’s short We Can’t Live without Space was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category, It also won the White Elephant Cinema Critics and Cinema Journalism prize.

The animated feature The Three Heroes. The Knight’s Move won the Blockbuster of the Year award as the highest-grossing Russian project of 2015, as well as the Golden Eagle prize in the Best Animated Feature category.

The year 2016 will bring new animated films to theaters: Sheep and Wolves (in theaters on April 28), Sinbad: Pirates of the Seven Storms (June 9), and Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers (October 27).

We have already planned two release for 2017 — yet another installment of the successful franchise The Three Heroes and the Sea King and Sadko.

On this day, we can safely say that Russian animation has conquered new horizons and established its position on international markets.