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About the Third Sochi International Film Festival & Awards

December 11 – December 16, 2018

Sochi-Russia

Sochi International Film Festival & Awards - is proud to announce its third 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
Anatoly Pakhomov / Анатолий Николаевич Пахомов

Dear friends, participants and guests of the 2018 Sochi International Film Festival and Awards, (SIFFA’18)

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’18 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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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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