Berlin, Germany -- Wizart Animation  has closed sales of its stereoscopic, 3D-animated tentpole The Snow Queen across multiple territories since it premiered for the first time at AFM. Wizart has sold The Snow Queen to CCS Media for South Korea, MT Entertainment for Indonesia, PlayArte for Brazil, Film House for Israel, Shooting Stars for the Middle East, Big Sales for Baltic States, and Aurora Distribution for the Ukraine, and is engaged in conversations with a number of additional buyers at the EFM in Berlin.
Based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and produced by Award-winning film producer and director Timur Bekmambetov, The Snow Queen tells the story of Kai, a young boy abducted to the wintry palace of the Snow Queen, who has blanketed the world in snow and ice, and Kai’s sister Gerda who ventures across a frozen wonderland to rescue him. The Snow Queen was written and directed by Maxim Sveshnikov and Vlad Barbe and co-produced by Bazelevs and Inlay Film.
Released in theaters across Russia and the CIS territories over the New Year’s holiday, The Snow Queen has grossed $8.8 million US (as of February 1, 2013) to date in those markets, recording more than 1.3 million admissions in Russia and Ukraine.
“We’re thrilled to see international buyers responding so well to this iconic fairy tale which is already so beloved by Russian movie-goers,” said Yuri Moskvin, Wizart Animation general producer. “With its cutting-edge story-telling and remarkable stereoscopic 3D effects, The Snow Queen highlights the capabilities of a new generation of Russian filmmakers and animators to create first-class family entertainment for a global audience. Following the success of The Snow Queen, Wizart Animation has started to produce the sequel, which is preliminary scheduled for 2014.”
Source: Wizart Animation