Nominees of Monte-Carlo Television Festival Announced

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“Once upon a Time in Odessa” and “Island of the Unwanted” Nominated at Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Series “Island of the Unwanted” and “Once upon a Time in Odessa” by Star Media has been nominated at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2012. Founded in 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the festival is one of the world’s most prestigious television film festivals, along with the EMMY Award.

This year Russian projects are participating in the festival competition again!

Two series by Star Media will compete for the title “Outstanding” in the category “Drama TV Series” along with such international hits as "Boardwalk Empire”, Game of Thrones and The Good Wife.

Both series are included into 4 nominations:

Artiom Dollezhal, Yuriy Minzianov and Vlad Riashyn (“Island of the Unwanted) and Vitaliy Bordachov and Vlad Riashyn (“Once upon a Time in Odessa”) are nominated for the titles “Outstanding International Producer” and "Outstanding European Producer”.

Pavel Trubiner and Aleksandr Robak (“Island of the Unwanted) and Yevgeniy Tkachuk (“Once upon a Time in Odessa”) are nominated for the "Outstanding Actor”.

Galina Zviagintseva and Liudmila Stepchenkova (“Island of the Unwanted) and Yelena Shamova (“Once upon a Time in Odessa”) are nominated for the "Outstanding Actress”.

Vlad Riashyn, producer and founder of Star media Group: “Star Media has been participating in the Monte-Carlo Television Festival since 2009 and our series and movies have been twice nominated already. Despite our competitors being “heavyweights” of the international television and the competition promising to be tough, we hope to win. Both “Island of the Unwanted” and “Once upon a Time in Odessa” have already won hearts of the viewers in the CIS and caused interest of the international TV channels at MIPTV that has just finished in Cannes, France. We presented “Island of the Unwanted” as original format for the first time there, so it may well be that we will see adaptations of our series produced in different countries soon. Being nominated at such a prestigious event as Monte-Carlo Television Festival is another proof that Russian series will compete soon with the best television projects in Europe or even in the world.”

In 2012 the festival jury selected 30 projects of different countries (USA, Canada, Australia, Brasil, Germany, Spain, UK and other) that will compete for the award in the category “Drama TV Series”.

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival is traditionally opened by the Prince of Monaco. The main mission of the festival is to encourage new art forms in the service of peace and understanding between men. Many international stars from all around the world visit the Monte-Carlo festival every year and its competition program includes works by the best producers, directors and actors.

Official website of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival and the list of the nominees see on