About the Fourth Sochi International Film Festival & Awards

November 16 – 21, 2019

Sochi-Russia

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.

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Lubov Balagova - Sochi International Film Awards - Founder and President

Announcement

SIFFA UK 2018 CEREMONY

Programme & Catalogue

SIFFA’19 OPENING FILM

THE PRISONER

(UK,Germany, Russia, 2011)

by Director Mohy Quandour

Producers: Luba Balagova & Vesna Jovoneska

SIFFA’19 CLOSING FILM

BEANPOLE

By Director Kantemir Balagov

Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov

SIFFA’19 MAIN COMPETITION LINE-UP

The BROMLEY BOYS (UK, 2018)

by Director Steve Kelly

Producers: TJ Herbert and Dean Fisher

SCHEMERS (Scotland, 2019)

by Director David McClean

Producers: Alex Weston, Virginia Lee

YOUNG BLOODED WINE (Russia, 2018)

by Director Petr Olevskiy

Producers: Rodion Pavlyuchik, Sergey Fiks, Anastasiya Shipulina

SHYRAKSHY | GUARDIAN OF LIGHT (Kazakhstan, 2018)

by Director Yermek Tursunov

Producer: Kanat Torebay

SONA DHWANDI BHED TE SUCHHA PAHAD | THE GOLD-LADEN SHEEP AND THE SACRED MOUNTAIN (India, 2018)

by Director Ridham Janve

Producer: AKSHAY SINGH, RIDHAM JANVE

MIN URDUBER KYUN KHAHAN DA KIIRBET | THE SUN ABOVE ME NEVER SETS (Russia, Yakutia 2019)

by Director Lybov Borisova

Producers: Dmitry Shadrin, Sardana Savvina

FAGUN HAOAY | IN SPRING BREEZE (Bangladesh, 2019)

by Director Tauquir Ahmed

Producer: Faridur Reza Shagar

KADDISH (Russia/Belarus, 2019)

by Director Konstantin Fam

Producers: Gennady Pavlovich, Tatiana Dovidovskaya, Boris Mints, Konstantin Fam, Egor Odintsov, Katerina Mikhailova

INHALE-EXHALE (Russia, Georgia, Sweden, 2019)

By Director Dito Tsintsadze

Producers: Nadezhda Gorshkova, Rusudan Glurjidze, Peter Krupenin

THE LENIN FACTOR (Russia, 2019)

By Director Vladimir Khotinenkoe

Producers: Sergey Melkumov, Anton Zlatopolsky, Alexander Rodnyansky, Vladimir Khotinenko, Dmitry Litvinov, Vera Malysheva

SIFFA’19 SHORT FILM COMPETITION LINE-UP

AIR (Kazakhstan, 2018)

By Director Aizhana Kassymbek

Producer: Diana Ashimova

FAIR PLAY (Russia, 2019)

By Director Denis Kudryavtsev

Producer: Catherine Semenova

JULIA (France, 2019)

By Director Mike Colquhoun

Producer: Mike Colquhoun (Atelier Mike)

NIGHT WALKS (Latvia, 2018)

By Director Lizete Upīte

Producer: Sabīne Andersone

SALT, PEPPER TO TASTE (Azerbaijan, 2019)

By Director Teymur Hajiyev

Producers: Teymur Hajiyev, Balakishi Gasimov

THE SEAGULL (Armenia, 2019)

By Director Mane Baghdasaryan

Producer: Ararat Grigoryan

THE CARNIVAL OF LIFE (Italy, 2019)

By Director Laura Aimone

Producers: Angelo Santovito, Laura Aimone

ALMIZAN - الميزانTHE SCALE (Jordan, 2019)

By Director Ahmad Khatib

Producer: Luma Hamarneh

BAGATELLE (Russia/USA, 2019)

By Director Daniel Levin

Producers: Tchavdar Georgiev, Lidia Sheinin

BACHA (Abkhazia, Russia, 2019)

By Director Atana Agrba

Producers: Alexander Basarya, Roin Agrba

GEKKO (Russia, 2019)

By Director Nikita Loyk

Producer: Anastasia Rytsina

THE RIGHT TO LIFE (Russia, 2019)

By Director Olga Koleva

Producers: Anastasia Muntyan, Mila Solovyeva, Yulia Pereverzeva

SIFFA’19 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION LINE-UP

SCHOOL of EXECUTIONERS (Russia, 2019)

Directed by: Alexey Kitaytsev, Ella Tukhareli

Producer: Ilnur Rafikov

BACK TO BERLIN (UK, 2018)

by Director Catherine Lurie

Producer: Catherine Lurie

MEMORY IS OUR HOMELAND (Canada, 2018)

by Director Jonathan Kolodziej Durand

Producer: Jonathan Kolodziej Durand

THE BOOK OF THE SEA (Russia, 2018)

by Director Aleksei Vakhrushev

Producer: Aleksei Vakhrushev

THE UNKNOWN 1917 (Russia, 2019)

by Director Galina Evtushenko

Producer: Galina Evtushenko

A MACULATE NON-CONCEPTION (Russia, 2019)

by Director Inna Denisova

Producer: Inna Denisova, Mila Rozanova

ORTHODOXY IN ALBANIA (Russia, 2019)

by Director Mariya Vilkaste

Producer: Нieromonk Ioann (Kopeykin)

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MOMMY (Russia, 2018)

by Directors Svetlana Pechenykh, Anna Rudikova

Producer: Alex Telnov

SIFFA’19 SPECIAL SCREENINGS

For special SIFFA screenings and the full Program check out the SIFFA-2019 Catalogue and Programme.

SIFFA MOMENTS

Videos

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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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