With Disney’s Frozen breaking all records internationally, Russia’s Wizart Animation has wasted no time in signing several important contracts
for distribution of its Snow Queen 2 in major countries during the opening days of the Cannes film festival.
The Snow Queen 2 will be released in Poland
(by Kino Swiat) and in Israel (by Film House) in December 2014 day-and-date
with Russia and CIS, the UK, South Korea and the Middle East. The Snow Queen
has been a great success in Poland and Israel since its theatrical release in
2013, so the expectations of both companies are very high.
“After the great success of The Snow Queen in Poland
we are very happy to be working with Wizart Animation on their two new
projects, hoping to built a long term relationship, as they deliver product of
excellent quality,” said Marcin Piasecki from Kino Swiat.
Another feature, Sheep and Wolves feature will be released
in Latin America countries – Peru, Columbia, Bolivia and Ecuador. Theatrical
rights were acquired by Star Films. “We
have seen the amazing quality of animation in Russia and we are excited to be able
to show it in Latin America,” said Aman Kumar Kapur, from Star Films. MT
Entertainment has acquired the distribution rights to Sheep
and Wolves for Indonesia.
Additionally, Chinese company Flame
Node Entertainment has acquired the theatrical distribution rights for The Snow Queen, which
will be shown in cinemas at the end of 2014, and The Snow Queen 2, which is set to premiere in 2015.
Films produced by Wizart Animation will also go into
distribution in other Asian countries. The company Suraya has acquired the rights to the theatrical release of The Snow Queen (2012) in Malaysia and the
The Czech Republic and Slovakia are amongst the
European countries for which theatrical release agreements have been signed
(for The Snow Queen, with ITAFILM). In addition, television rights for The Snow Queen in French-speaking Canada
have been sold to Phase 4 Films.
“Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Snow Queen is known by every single
child in Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” said Juraj Brocko, Head of
Distribution of ITAFILM. “Recently, the growing film market in these
territories has been lacking Russian films for children, especially animated
titles. This is in spite of the fact that they were highly popular in the past.
We believe that The Snow Queen will open new horizons and possibilities for
children’s projects in Central Europe.”