Wizart Announces ‘Snow Queen 3’ US Release, TIFF Slate

Wizart Animation’s The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice will receive a theatrical release this Friday via Vertical Entertainment. The sequel, which continues the adventures of brave young heroine Gerda and her friends, will hit screens and major VOD platforms on August 31.

“We are thrilled to be back in business with Wizart on the third Snow Queen film,” said Vertical Ent.’s Co-President Rich Goldberg, “The company’s dedication to improving upon an already fantastic product continues to amaze us.”

Vertical handled the distribution of the first Snow Queen feature in 2013.

The third installment in the globally successful Russian franchise, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, is bolstered by the talents of Hollywood animation veteran Robert Lence (Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Shrek) and Italian composer Fabrizio Mancinelli, who has also worked with Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros.

“I have been fortunate and honored to work on the score and the song for Snow Queen 3, with the whole creative team at Wizart. During the working process, I found myself whistling a tune that got stuck in my head right away. That became part of the ‘hook’ of the song. Then we recorded [X Factor performer] Drew Ryn’s vocals, who, by the way, recorded her vocal part in Nashville, with me being in Los Angeles,” Mancinelli recalled.

“The final result which you can hear in the movie The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice is one of my favorite pieces I have ever written, which makes me really proud. That’s one that my nephew and niece wouldn’t stop listening; my daughter is still too little, but I’m sure she will enjoy it too.”

Fire and Ice continues to roll out to new territories around the world, having achieved notable success in France, Andorra & Monaco, and French-speaking Belgium, Switzerland. Luxembourg and African countries. It was the first Russian animated feature ever released in French-speaking territories — building on this success, the next film The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands will be released in France and French-speaking territories in 2019 by Universal Pictures Video. The third flick also set a record for the best box office for any Russian film ever shown in China, with $12M. A Portugal release is set for later this year.

You can view the new trailer here:

Visitors to the Toronto International Film Festival can meet with new Wizart International Representative Shelley Page to learn more about the studio’s next two films:

The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands – Wizart plans to finish production on Mirrorlands by the end of the year; the fourth installment is directed by Aleksei Tsitsilin and Robert Lence, produced by Yuri Moskvin, Vladimir NIkolaev, Boris Mashkovtsev and Pavel Stepanov. Central Partnership and Soyuzmultfilm were co-producers. The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands will arrive in Russian theaters January 1, and many Eastern European and Asian countries over the winter.

Synopsis:The powerful king Harald nearly lost his family due to the Snow Queen’s evil deeds. He finds a way to ban all the magic from the world – all the possessors of magic powers are now trapped in Mirrorlands. The only one who can stop him and keep the fairytale in our world is Gerda – as her own biggest power is not magic but her faith in kindness and friendship. In Gerda’s new adventures, she will be helped by trolls, pirates and even the Snow Queen herself.

Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal – This sequel will reintroduce audiences to Grey the wolf, Mami the hare and Zico the ram with a slew of new characters as they embark on a “new advOINKture” in theaters January 24. Sergey Selyanov, Yuri Moskvin and Vladimir Nikolaev are producers; Nikolaev also directs from a screenplay by Aleksei Tsitsilin, Nikolaev and Robert Lence. Co-produced by CTB Film Company. Several Eastern European countries will also get a release in the spring.

Synopsis: The steady and peaceful life of the village is disturbed by the arrival of two unexpected guests – a Polar fox and a small ewe. No one has expected them to bring along the mortal danger that the villagers can overcome only if they all cooperate. You can deal with any big problems or serious challenges only by working together – because power is in unity!



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