About Sochi International Film Festival & Awards, SIFFA

Sochi International Film Festival & Awards, SIFFA
Become an Award winner of SIFFA

SIFFA is the largest Russian-British Open film festival in Russia which takes place in the Olympic city of SOCHI, Russia. This is the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards which aims to bring together filmmakers of Britain and Russia and the rest of the world together through the diversity of craft and story-telling. This festival is unifying creative expression through using the language of Cinema. We are holding the 4th festival in 2019, starting December 11 to December 16. SIFFA is based in the heart of the culturally independent city of the Olympic Sochi.

Amidst the corporate globalization of different cultures and domination of media coverage of all aspects of our lives leading to misconceptions and prejudices, one art form continues to span the divide between nations around the globe.
That art form is the international language of film.

In a world becoming increasingly fragmented by confrontation and insecurity, our mission is to build a cultural bridge between Russia and Britain and the world; to tell the stories of those countries and to promote the universal appeal of the visual narrative, human experiences and dramatic interpretation: to impart a powerful message of hope for humankind. We support Russian, British and International filmmakers and help them to be discovered by the representatives of the world film industry; we create opportunities for international coproduction.

Cinema has the power to change opinions and attitudes, create an atmosphere of harmony and peace and touch people of all ethnicities in a human way that reminds us that there is more that connects us than divides us emotionally, spiritually and culturally.

Join the SIFFA celebration of cinema with your entry and grace us with your presence as we show the rest of the world how to display open minds and hearts of gold on the silver screen.

Festival Sections:

  • World-renowned programme of the best Russian, UK and international films, including Independent films
  • SIFFA Forum and Marketplace – Round tables and panels
  • Masterclasses and special events
  • Networking events
Each year, SIFFA triples visitors including industry professionals from Russia, UK and the rest of the world.
The 3rd SIFFA will take place November 16 – 21, 2019 in Sochi.

Lubov Balagova Mohy Quandour Our Team
SIFA - IRIDA, festival's statuette, symbol
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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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