AFCI’s 43rd Cineposium will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, from 13th to 16th September 2019, running concurrently with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly. The Assembly is a major global event, with over 1,000 attendees from 158 countries.

Saint Petersburg is the considered the cultural center of Russia and will provide an incredible backdrop for AFCI Members and industry from around the world to engage. Conference programming is being designed to ensure attendees will be up to speed with the current cultural and economic trends that affect the screen industry. AFCI together with the Russian Office of Film Commissions will bring high-profile speakers from the US and Europe, as well as regionally based Industry to participate in Cineposium and the AFCI Film Commission Member-only event, Business-to-Business Industry Day.

For information on Saint Petersburg (including the city, visas, flights etc), please click HERE. If you have any questions about Cineposium, please email Marjorie Galas, SVP Membership & Industry Relations at


In recognition of the need for visas, AFCI has reduced the registration fee for both Cineposium and Business-to-Business Industry Day.

Please check your visa requirements for Russia. A standard Tourism Visa takes approximately 10 days. Some countries, like Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Israel, South Korea and Thailand can visit without a visa.

For information on:

  • Visa requirements
  • Visa costs e.g. USA $123 (+$85 delivery if needed), UK: £38.4, France: €61.
  • Visa service providers
  • Please see the FAQ document HERE.

If you have any visa-related questions, please contact Val Kupeev, CEO, Russian Office of Film Commissions at


We will be partnering with hotels to ensure reduced rates for registrants. These hotels will be announced in mid-April.

September, 13 - 16 2019 | EVENTS SCHEDULE

We are currently designing Cineposium session topics and extending speaker invitations.
We envision the program will run as follows in September:

Friday & Saturday, September 13 - 14, 2019 – Conference


Venue: TBA

Cineposium Conference will consist of 2 days of panels, including the AFCI Film Commission Member-only session ‘How Would You Handle It’. This session which is closed to non-members and press.

Speakers will be drawn from North America and Europe as well as locally in Russia, ensuring dynamic conversations and multiple perspectives.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 – Business-to-Business Industry Day

Business-to-Business Industry Day

(AFCI Film Commission Members only)

Venue: TBA

Business-to-Business Industry Day is designed specifically for AFCI Film Commission Members and connects commissioners with decision-making executives from production companies making tremendous strides in film, television and online content.

Speakers will be scheduled from around the world and will speak to their career, their company’s production slate, where they’re shooting and why, and what projects are coming down the pipe.

This is a closed-door event – no media and no non-Film Commission Members.

Approximately 100 members participated in the inaugural Business-to-Business Industry Day during Cineposium 2018, which was hosted at Netflix.

Monday, September 16, 2019 - City & Cultural Tour

City & Cultural Tour

AFCI is excited to be working with the Russian Office of Film Commissions and the Saint Petersburg Convention Bureau to coordinate an unforgettable tour of the city.

AFCI Member: Registration

Non-Member: Registration

For further information or inquires, please contact Marjorie Galas |