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Film industry in Russia - statistics & facts

With 145 million cinema tickets sold in 2021, Russia is the fourth-largest film market in the world. Russian movie production started in the Russian Empire and steadily developed during the Soviet period. Modern Russian cinema has been evolving since the 2010s, seeing an increase in governmental support and popularity of state-sponsored and independent works among audiences. Russian films increased their presence in cinemas abroad in recent years, even though the number of movies distributed internationally decreased in 2020. The market had the sixth-leading box office revenue globally, which amounted to approximately 600 million U.S. dollars in 2021.

COVID-19 impact on cinema in Russia

In late March 2020, the Russian government closed movie theaters and other cultural establishments to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thus, cinemas saw a sharp decline in attendance, while film producers had to suspend their projects at the time. In total, the country's gross box office fell by 59 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. While the figures sharply increased in 2021, they were still below pre-pandemic levels. At the same time, video-on-demand (VOD) platforms have seen a rise since the spring of 2020. The segment of video streaming (SVOD) recorded a 63 percent growth in 2021 compared to 2020 and was a triple of the 2019 revenue.

Impact of the war in Ukraine on the Russian film industry

Major international film distributors, such as Disney, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Universal Pictures, halted their operations in Russia in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Movie theaters across Russia faced a shortage of new releases and started re-releasing older Russian and Soviet movies. The number of open cinema screens fell by seven percent between March and April 2022. The exodus of Western distributors has led to an increase in illegal movie streaming and downloads. At the same time, cinemas were expected to screen more films from other regions, such as Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The country's Association of Theater Owners appealed to the government to provide financial support to the industry.

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