The only global conference led by screen industry experts which brings Film Commissions and industry leaders together to discuss hot-button topics around creativity, policy and economic development. 

AFCI’s 43rd Cineposium will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, from 13th to 16th September 2019 and is co-presented by AFCI and the Russian Office of Film Commissions and supported by Saint Petersburg Committee on Tourism Development and Saint Petersburg Convention Bureau.

Cineposium runs concurrently with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly. There will be collaboration between Cineposium and UNWTO (details will be provided in the program as it is released). The Assembly is a major global event, with over 1,000 attendees from 158 countries. Registration includes FREE admission to KINO EXPO INTERNATIONAL, the world’s 3rd largest International cinema industry convention and exhibition.

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

Visa Information:

Some countries do not need a visa for Russia, if you DO need on it will be a Tourist Visa.Standard time for ease of visa turnaround is usually 4-5 days (maximum 14 days). HOWEVER, as with most countries, expedited visas are available for an additional cost. These expedited visas can be obtained in as little as 3 days.

Who can help with visas? MAKO Congress Management is the organization designated by the Saint Petersburg Tourism Bureau as the official technical operator for AFCI’s 43rd Cineposium. If you need a Tourist visa you will need a letter of invitation/visa voucher from MAKO. Please contact Liz at MAKO directly by email: Processing the letter takes 1-3 business days. Electronic copies of the letters are provided at no cost.

You will then need to fill in a visa application form and provide other documents e.g. passport-sized photos. For complete information please visit the Russian Embassy website.

Note to Film Commissioners: If you are interested in attending but do not have full approval yet, it is suggested you request the letter of invitation/visa voucher in advance.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Liz at:  Feel free to CC Marj Galas, AFCI’s SVP Membership & Industry Relations at

For more detailed information on Saint Petersburg (including the city, visas, flights etc), please click HERE to visit the event site with comprehensive local information. If you have any questions about Cineposium, please email Marjorie Galas, SVP Membership & Industry Relations at


The Cineposium Host event team has confirmed rates across a number of different hotels in Saint Petersburg. For information on rates and how to book, please see HERE.

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: Corinthia Hotel

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. Session topics are being finalized and speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Below is an overview of the proposed schedule.

Friday 13th: Cineposium Day 1 – proposed session topics:
State of the Industry
Content Explosion (part 1) – responding to the television and streaming services phenomenon: how is it disrupting the global production and consumer landscape?
·      Who are the players and what are their strategies?
·      How can producers and talent meet this unprecedented demand?
Content Explosion (part 2) – seizing the opportunity: growing the production hubs of the future
·      Building production infrastructure: studios, facilities, crew and incentives
·      The dangers of an overheated ecosystem
Afternoon content in collaboration with UNWTO
Film Tourism – a discussion about the significant economic injection from this specific type of tourism. How to build a tourism campaign and how to manage visitation when success exceeds expectations.
Spotlight Russia
Locations v Budget v Box Office: When Location Wins
Evening: Reception
Saturday 14th: Cineposium Day 2 – proposed session topics*:
Balancing the Gender Scale
Producer Spotlight
Europe: Co-Production Outside Treaties
Working in and Collaborating with the Asian Market
The Evolution of Gaming
How Would You Handle It? Closed session (no press or public) open to AFCI, EUFCN + AFCNet Film Commission Members only

Sunday, September 15, 2019 – Industry + 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

Monday, September 16, 2019 - Meet the Execs (Business to Business Industry Day)

For AFCI Film Commission Members only

Venue: TBA

Meet the Execs is designed specifically for AFCI Film Commission Members (this year open to EUFCN & AFCNet Film Commission members as well) and connects commissioners with show runners, creatives and 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 production slate, where they’re shooting and why, and what projects are coming down the pipe.

In order to foster an intimate environment with as much open discussion as possible, this is a closed-door event – media are not permitted access.

Over 100 members participated in each of the inaugural Business-to-Business Industry Day during Cineposium 2018, which was hosted at Netflix and the second event at Universal Studios in April 2019. Participating companies have included: Facebook, YouTube, di Bonaventura Pictures, Amblin Partners, Tencent, Netflix, Gunpowder and Sky, HBO, Starz, Blumhouse Television, Arclight Films, Crackle and more.

AFCI Member: Registration

Non-Member: Registration

For further information or inquires, please contact Marjorie Galas |