About the Fourth Sochi International Film Festival & Awards

November 16 – 21, 2019


Sochi International Film Festival & Awards - is proud to announce its fourth world class event celebrating Russian, British and International film making for cinema that rises above the international political agenda.

The Awards has already received immense international media attention. The event will be attended by seasoned industry professionals and distinguished guests from around the globe.


Lubov Balagova - Sochi International Film Awards - Founder and President
Anatoly Pakhomov / Анатолий Николаевич Пахомов

Dear friends, participants and guests of the 2019 Sochi International Film Festival and Awards, (SIFFA’19)

I welcome you all on behalf of Sochi residents of the Olympic City of national consensus and hospitality. The best international cultural projects have found their home in Sochi. SIFFA’19 is no exception. In fact, the SIFFA project is gaining popularity in the country and around the globe, and is already the hallmark of the winter cultural season. It is a tradition to honour the great masters of cinema, and to support young directors who are starting on their cinematic journey. We also welcome the initiative of the organisers who pay special attention to cinema masters from the regions, especially those from the south of Russia, our countrymen. I wish the large international team of participants, guests and spectators, successful film discussion and debates, new creative meetings and unforgettable Black Sea magical evenings! Dear guests, welcome to Sochi!

Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov

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SIFFA UK Film Week at Rossotrudnichestvo UK: Monday 9 to Friday 13 September 2019

The Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) launches the SIFFA UK Film Week at Rossotrudnichestvo · Russian Culture House in the UK, on Monday 9 September 2019.

SIFFA founder and president, Luba Balagova said: “The SIFFA UK Film Week will reprise the best of the SIFFA 2018 festival. It is a great opportunity for Londoners to get a taste of the talent that was showcased in Sochi, Russia, in December 2018. SIFFA has consistently presented outstanding talent every year since its inception in 2016. And we will do so again this year from 16 to 21 November at our fourth international festival in Sochi.”

All screenings in the SIFFA UK Film Week will commence at 7pm. The programme for the week is as follows:

Monday 9th: The Clay Pit, Vera Glagoleva 2018

Tuesday 10th: Strangers of Patience, Vladimir Alenikov 2018

Wednesday 11th: Sharkwater Extinction, Rob Stewart 2018

Thursday 12th: Love Possibly, Michael Boccalini and Che Grant 2018

Friday 13th: The Mystery of the Buryat Lama, Elena Demidova 2018

The SIFFA UK Film Week is part of SIFFA’s annual program of events. This includes a UK gala screening and awards ceremony in March, the SIFFA UK Film Week in September and the festival itself in Sochi in November. This year’s UK gala screening and awards ceremony was held in the City of London at the HQ of global law firm Pinsent Mason. In previous years we were hosted in the historic heartland of British cinema in Soho, at the Soho Hotel, and at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

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The fourth SIFFA festival will take place this year in 2019, from 16 to 21 November.

Sochi, with its year-round temperate climate and dramatic mountainous backdrop, has become famous as an international luxury resort in recent times, after hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Sochi welcomes everyone to the SIFFA festival and guests from around the world throughout the year.

The lady behind the SIFFA concept and its founder and president, is the Anglo-Russian poetess, songstress, writer Luba Balagova.

NOTES TO EDITORS: for further details, photos, and other requests, please first check our website at www.sochifilmawards.com or contact SIFFA President Luba Balagova on 020 7252 1835 or president@sochifilmawards.com



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During a tough chapter in UK-Russian relations I was pleased to have been able to attend Luba's special evening... Luba , you are a brave and valiant woman to spearhead such a high-profile project in a hostile environment. But those of us who spent the 23rd with you had the privilege of breathing the same air as the legendary Stephen Frears, the American star Nick Nolte and the superb string ensemble (KANDOUR QUARTET).

Carol Gould,
Political Commentator at British Broadcasting Corporation

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Luba, this is a crucial time for artists to recover their voice, you are helping to restore the connection between all of us, film makers from all over the world. I applaud the philosophy that underpins what you are doing.

Roland Joffé,
the Oscar, BAFTA and Cannes film festival
winning film director of “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission”

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Congratulations on making history, Luba. Thanks to Anatoly Pakhomov, of course! Sochi is the ideal choice for the concept of creating an international film festival designed to restore the face of art to the world through cinema. (…) Russia has always presented to the world the best examples of literature, philosophy, cinema and, in general, culture! And now the new Sochi International Film Awards wrote a new chapter in history with the same concept.

Karl Bardosh,
famous professor of New York university,
director, producer, writer

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A structured and strict concept of a powerful film festival has been formed, and you managed to prove its feasibility. Congratulations on what you have achieved, Luba. You've got proof of concept under your belt now! I thank Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov for supporting the new important film festival.

Elliot Grove,
founder of the Raindance Film Festival
and British Independent Film Awards

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A smashing success! Thank you for bringing Moscow and Sochi delegations, for the unexpected Sochi-wood glamour, the feedback from staff members and external guests was unreservedly positive.

Larry Sherwin,
Deputy Director of Communications of
EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

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Admirable Lubov Balagova-Kandour.
President and Producer of the “IRIDA” First Sochi International Film Awards. Majestic woman and lady of the world. Her motto - nothing is impossible. A woman of words and deeds. Beautiful person and magnificent woman.

Nina Ruchkina
Fashion House owner, dress designer

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