Animos Film Company is a Moscow-based film and video studio of wide creative range and high professional level. The studio specializes in the production of animation and documentary films, as well as promotional video clips using animation.
The Animos Studio was founded in 1999 by Tengiz Aleksandrovich Semenov, a well-known film director, producer and screenwriter, winner of the USSR Lenin Prize, Honored Artist of Russia. Currently, he is the Studio’s General Director. The Studio’s Artistic Director is Natalya Orlova, a prominent director and artist of animation films, winner of the USSR State Prize.
The Studio’s first animation film was “Moby Dick” (director Natalya Orlova), made in collaboration with BBC-1, S4C (Great Britain) and HBO (USA) as part of the “World Classics” project.
Since 1999, the Animos Studio has continued working with foreign partners on a new series, “Animated Tales of the World”. Within this project, such films as “Timoon and the Narwhal” (director Natalya Orlova), “The Crown and the Sceptre” (director Maria Mouat), “The Three Sisters Who Fell Into the Mountain” (director Ekaterina Mikhaylova) and “How the Tortoise Won Respect” (director Vladimir Petkevich) have been shown worldwide.
All the films won numerous Russian and international awards. “Timoon and the Narwhal”, directed by N. Orlova, got the Cristal prize for Best TV Production at the prestigious International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France.
The Animos Studio is closely cooperating with the Ministry of Cultureof the Russian Federation in the field of animation and documentary cinema. One of the results of this cooperation in animation is the large-scale project “Russian Classics for Children”. As part of this project, 18 animated features have already been produced. Some films of this series have been awarded international and national prizes and diplomas, among them:
2005 – “Kashtanka” (director N. Orlova) – National Film Award “Nika”.
2006 – “Captain’s Daughter” (director E. Mikhaylova) – National Film Award “Golden Eagle”.
2007 – “The Snow Maiden” (director M. Mouat) – National Film Award “Nika”.
2009 – “Ochumelov” (director A. Demin) – National Film Award “Nika”.
Parallel to the project “Russian Classics for Children”, the studio produces auteur and experimental films, including debut films.
During its existence the film studio has produced 50 animation films in various techniques – puppet, hand-drawn, silhouette, clay, paint-on-glass, computer graphics.
From its first days the Animos Studio has been collaborating with leading directors, scriptwriters, artists and animators. The studio can boast an impressive body of professionals in animation. Participating in the production of the Studio’s films were such well-known screenwriters as Vladimir Golovanov, Vadim Zhuk, directors Aleksei Demin, Natalya Orlova, Ekaterina Mikhaylova, Maria Mouat, Sofya Kravtsova, Galina Beda, Yulia Aronova, Andrei Ushakov, Sergei Glagolev, Natalya Mal’gina, artists Nina Vinogradova, Marina Kurchevskaya, Natalya Demidova, animators Dmitry Novosyolov, Aleksandr Panov, Ala Solovyova, Milana Fedoseyeva.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, a number of socially significant documentary films have been produced. Among them, “Knights of the Valley”, about the problems of the Russian world wonder – Kamchatka’s Valley of Geysers Reserve (director Irina Golubeva), “The New Sky” – about the secret mainsprings of the present economic crisis (director Tengiz Semenov), etc.
All in all, 20 documentaries have been produced. Many of them got awards at Russian and international festivals.
The studio is collaborating with many prominent documentary filmmakers, among them Tengiz Semenov, Aleksandr Gromov, Arkady Kogan, Irina Golubeva, Mikhail Pavlov, Natalya Guguyeva, Aleksei Kolesnikov.
Currently, the studio continues working on different directions – producing animation and documentary films, as well as commercial clips.
The Animos Studio is open to cooperation with young creative people, and interested in new ideas, ever ready to help in their realization.