Russian boycotts in the screen industry

Film festivals and streaming platforms are banning Russian content in response to the invasion of Ukraine – but will this lead to meaningful change?

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on, more and more companies, banks and festivals are boycotting Russian entities in the hopes of sending a strong message to their government.

The international screen industry has responded in kind, with some notable actions including a complete ban on Russian delegates and film screenings at Cannes Film Festival, and Netflix putting a pause on all its Russian projects and current acquisitions.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports