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Gem Mountain is a collection of thirteen-minute animated folk tales celebrating the diversity of nationalities and cultures of the peoples of Russia and Northern Eurasia. Produced in a wide variety of animation styles by the very cream of Russia's contemporary directors and artists, each film in Gem Mountain has its own original production design. Every episode of Gem Mountain opens with a short introduction animated in Pilot's famous plasticine style that provides the audience with a warm introduction to the people and place from where the folktale originated.
As Russia's largest animation project ever Gem Mountain is a milestone in Russia's great history of animation. To celebrate this achievement, Gem Mountain was officially presented on October 24, 2005 at a session of the Federation Council of Russia, with the participation of Mr. Sergey Mironov, the Council Chairman.
The first 11 episodes of Gem Mountain premiered in the winter of 2005 at the 10th Annual Suzdal Animation Festival where the jury presented a special award "To The Collective Brain Of Pilot Film Studios, Energetically At Work On Gem Mountain".
Currently airing in prime time on Russia's Channel One, Gem Mountain is being enthusiastically received by both the public and critics alike. The series has been called both a breakthrough and a renaissance in Russian animation, and the government's financial support for the project is widely viewed as one of the best examples of the state's investment into Russian culture. Gem Mountain has already garnered numerous prizes including Russia's National Prize, The Golden Eagle in 2005.