A portfolio in stories

Ilya, of Smeshariki, met one of our founders at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. Our guy, who saw Ilya dressed in a blue leather Ed Hardy jacket (with skulls!) among so many grey men in grey suits, bounced up to ask him if he was lost, and before long they were signing contracts, casting New York voice talent, and translating film scripts.


Alexandra at Oracle London spent a very frustrating 3 months testing translation firms. Eventually she asked a friend at Forbes Russia whether they provided translation services: “Come on, you guys write in English and Russian, surely you can translate, no?” They couldn’t. But they did refer her to an article featured on the Forbes Russia website about Eclectic.


VK.com, Russia’s Facebook, wanted to build up their international audience in advance of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. To translate their news feed into English, they turned to Andrey, a university friend of VK.com’s founder, and one of Russia’s top young interpreters. He had interpreted for Eclectic at sports events previously, so he had only one recommendation to make.

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Katya, who works for Alexandr Rodnyansky’s Non Stop Production, was trying to get the script for Stalingrad translated into English. She appealed to a friend of one of our founders. When our translation of the script helped them find US production partners, they gave us the script for Elena to translate. That won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes. Then they gave us Leviathan to work on. That won at Cannes too, and the Golden Globes, and was Oscar-nominated.


Raisa, co-founder of Intercinema-Art, releases Russian films abroad. The biggest problem she faced was viewers not understanding what was being said in the films. When she watched Renata Litvinova’s Rita’s Last Fairytale, and found out that Eclectic did the subtitles, she recommended us to the producers of The Convoy. Then Mirrors. Then Me Too, and Metamorphosis and… You get the picture.

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