All was very quiet over the Covid lockdown period: no filming, no screenings… HOWEVER we were invited to present “SLAVA’S JOURNEY: SECRETS OF SNOW” at two foreign festivals:
The Malomfesztivál, Orom, Serbia
This was a delightful, relaxed little festival of art, music and film in very rural Serbia.
We showed the film in an open barn-like stage area, with hay bale seats and starry sky above – a wonderful escape from Covid isolation!
Festival Internacional Clownbaret, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
We screened the film as part of the International Clownbaret. Once again, we found ourselves in a warm and wonderful community and environment.
Dear Steve and Clive,
On behalf of Russian Film Week USA's co-founders, Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation and Rock Studio films, we are so grateful to you for giving us the opportunity to include your film "Slava's Journey: Secrets of Snow" in the program of the Russian Film Week USA Festival, which took place entirely online this year, broadcasting to over 1100 households in the US from 22 to 30 of January, 2021.
The sneak preview of the film has given our program a much needed dose of foolishness, a heap of artistry and a heavy helping of magic. And, of course, we are especially thrilled that you were able to join us for a live Q&A. There has been significant international interest in the film, and we are looking forward to seeing it take off in wide release very soon.
We are looking forward to holding our next Russian Film Week in December 2021, and in the meantime we are always open to collaborating on new ideas.
With warmest regards,
Maria Shclover Co-founding Producer Russian Film Week USA
MULTILINGUAL VERSIONS OF SLAVA’S JOURNEY
Well, this has to be quite an ‘update’!
We’ve been very busy during the Coronavirus lockdown – as well as growing our hair and binge eating, we have been toiling away on the final stages of the film.
This has been almost constant work, but now we can announce we have:
A RUSSIAN VERSION OF THE FILM
A FRENCH VERSION OF THE FILM
A SPANISH VERSION OF THE FILM
GETTING THE FILM INTO THE WORLD
We are also negotiating with an aggregator to get the film out on major platforms – iTunes/Apple TV; Amazon Prime; and Google Play. This process should take around 3 months after we submit the film.
Before we do that, we need to meet the incredibly precise technical requirements, particularly with captions.
Shakespeare wrote “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy.” Well, this is very true about those ‘final stages’!
We’ve also been very busy submitting the film to festivals. We lost a lot of money submitting to brick-and-mortar festivals, which of course were closed due to coronavirus. BUT we have been applying to virtual festivals, and are delighted to announce we have amassed 8 sets of laurels!
LIST OF LAURELS
(All certified by IMDB)
MOSCOW FILM FESTIVAL 2019 – OFFICIAL SELECTION
INDIEFEST FILM AWARDS 2020 – WINNER
FESTIGIOUS FILM AWARDS 2020 – WINNER
ACCOLADE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 – WINNER, DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
ACCOLADE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 – WINNER, EDITING
NEW YORK LIFT OFF - OFFICIAL SELECTION
THE TRAILER FILM FESTIVAL - FINALIST
TMFF 2020 - WINNER, DOCUMENTARY
In April 2018 we screened a rough cut at the highly prestigious MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, April 2018!
Nikita Mikhalkov, the President of the Moscow Film Festival, really loved the ”wonderful, wonderful” film, as did the audience.
The audience also seemed to like our inadvertently clownish Question and Answer session after the film.