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Kinostudiya MosFilm
Company typeFederal state unitary enterprise
IndustryMotion pictures
Founded30 January 1924; 100 years ago (1924-01-30)
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Key people
Karen Shakhnazarov (Chairman)
ProductsMotion pictures
Television programs
Revenue$20.1 million[1] (2017)
$1.89 million[1] (2017)
$1.81 million[2] (2019)
Total assets$63.2 million[1] (2017)
Total equity$60.7 million[1] (2017)
Number of employees
SubsidiariesARK-fiim, Zhanr Film, Kinoslovo, Ritm, Kurier, Cinema Line

Mosfilm (Russian: Мосфильм, Mosfil’m pronounced [məsˈfʲilʲm]) is a film studio which is among the largest and oldest in the Russian Federation and in Europe. Founded in 1924 in the USSR as a production unit of that nation's film monopoly, its output includes most of the more widely acclaimed Soviet-era films, ranging from works by Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Eisenstein, to Red Westerns, to the Akira Kurosawa co-production Dersu Uzala (Дерсу Узала) and War and Peace (Война и мир).[3]


Old Mosfilm logo
Entrance sign to Mosfilm Studios in Mosfilmovskaya Street.

The Moscow film production company with studio facilities was established in November 1920 by the motion picture mogul Aleksandr Khanzhonkov ("first film factory") and I. Ermolev ("third film factory") as a unit of Goskino, the USSR's film monopoly. The first movie filmed by Mosfilm was On the Wings Skyward (directed by Boris Mikhin).

In 1927, the construction of a new film studio complex began on Potylikha Street (renamed to Mosfilmovskaya Street in 1939) in Sparrow Hills of Moscow. This film studio was named after the Moscow amalgamated factory Soyuzkino "Tenth Anniversary of October Revolution". In 1934, the film studio was renamed to Moskinokombinat, and in 1936 was relaunched under the Mosfilm name, the name it carries till today. During World War II the film studio personnel were evacuated to Alma-Ata (August 1941) and merged with other Soviet production units into the Central United Film Studio (TsOKS). The Mosfilm personnel returned to Moscow at the end of 1943.

The Mosfilm intro, representing the monument "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" by Vera Mukhina and Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin, was introduced in 1947 in the musical comedy Springtime directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and starring Lyubov Orlova and Nikolai Cherkasov.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Mosfilm had produced more than 3,000 films, some of them being granted awards at international film festivals. It continued operations as a quasi-private production company, led by film director Karen Shakhnazarov. As of 2005, the company embraced ten independent studios, located within 13 sound stages occupying an area of 13,000 sq. meters. Tours through this "Russian Hollywood" included a view of Mosfilm's enormous depot with 170 tanks and 50 vintage cars. The biggest sound stage is leased annually to hold the Golden Eagle Awards.

In 2011, Mosfilm released a selection of its classic films online for free viewing.[4]

Selected films[edit]

Entrance to Mosfilm Studios with a large clapperboard sign at left
Cascading pond at Mosfilm Studios
Wooden props used as landscaping features in Mosfilm Park
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Бухгалтерская отчётность". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Каталог организаций — List-Org". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ Peter Rollberg (2009). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. US: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 466–468. ISBN 978-0-8108-6072-8.
  4. ^ Mosfilm uploads celluloid classics to youtube

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