2016 Archive

Elliot Grove


Despite being unable to watch TV or films until his early teens due to the constraints of his Mennonite background, Grove was curious about art and film. He, thus, followed up formal art school training at Central Technical School in Toronto with a series of jobs behind the scenes in the film industry.

Working as a scenic artist on 68 feature films and over 700 commercials in his native Toronto, he developed a distaste for the wasted resources on set and union bureaucracy that prevented aspiring filmmakers like himself from getting their own features off the ground.

Vera Glagoleva


Film director, member of the European Film Academy, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, October 31, 2011 (the highest distinction in film and theatre). Her most famous film, ONE WAR, has won a host of Awards at numerous film festivals, seven of which were Grand Prix. TWO WOMEN, which Vera Glagoleva is also co-producing, is her fifth work as director and the first one featuring a top international cast.

She was Awarded with a “Best Actress” in 1986 by the survey of the magazine "Soviet Screen" ("To marry the captain"). Honoured Artist of Russia (1995) - for achievements in the arts. People's Artist of Russia (2011) - for her great contribution in the field of cinematic art. In the nomination of "Cinematography" she received a Moscow Prize in literature and art (2016) for her film "Two Women" and for a great contribution to the development of the national cinema. For her film "Order" in 2005 at the 3rd International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific countries "Pacific Meridian" (Vladivostok) she received an Audience Award and recognition. For the film "Ferris Wheel" in 2008 at the Russian Festival of actors-directors "Golden Phoenix" (Smolensk) Vera Glagoleva was awarded a Grand Prix. And for the film "One War" at the 50th International Festival of TV films in Monte Carlo (Monaco) Vera Glagoleva won the "Golden Nymph" Prise as the best director. She received at the 17th Film Festival "Window to Europe" (Vyborg) a "Silver Boat" Prize. At the Film Festival "Moscow Premiere" she has received a Grand Prix as well as at the 5th International Film Festival "Golden Minbar" (Kazan), Grand Prix "Golden Minbar". At the 29th International Film Festival in Cairo (Egypt) Vera Glagoleva was awarded a Special Jury Prize named Yusuf Shahin "For the artistic merits of the film". At the 17th Festival of Russian films in Honfleur (France) - Grand Prix and Audience Award as well as on the 14th International Film Festival "Sofia Film Fest" (Bulgaria). Vera was awarded at the 14th Festival "Vivat Russian Cinema" in St. Petersburg with Grand Prix as well as at the 7th International Film Festival in Limoges (France). For her last film "Two Women" where a British well know actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes played a Russian aristocrat, she was awarded Grand Prix at the XII-th film and theatre festival "Amur Autumn" (Blagoveshchensk). She received the main prize of "Diamond Phoenix" at the VII All-Russian Festival of Actors-Directors "Golden Phoenix" in Smolensk and the Grand Prix at the II International Film Festival - "Historical Cinema and Present" "Ugra"”, in Kaluga.

Prof. Karl Bardosh


The First Sochi International Film Awards festival welcomes the true guru of all genres of film and television, Prof. Karl Bardosh of New York University; an award-winning director, producer, writer, editor of features, shorts, television series and documentaries with more than over 30 years of professional experience in Europe, Asia, Brazil, Hollywood and New York.

Prof. Bardosh has been a trendsetting pioneer in many areas of film and television: He had initiated the world's first network television educational series on the Aesthetics of Film (Hungary, 1968), pioneered a new genre, Poetry Music Videos with Allen Ginsberg (USA, 1984) and had written, directed and edited the first American documentary on Bollywood and Indian Parallel Cinema for the American Public Broadcasting System (Bombay, 1992) that was run in prime time for three years. Former Hollywood star, Rita Gam, she was the Host/Producer of the television series.

Currently, Prof. Bardosh is invited back to India to make a follow-up documentary about the Hollywood-Bollywood connection 18 years later.

Bardosh wrote and directed the short feature film 'Iron and Horse', produced at the American Film Institute, shot (in Panavision-Technicolor) by Oscar Winner Vilmos Zsigmond starring Academy Award Nominee Lynn Carlin.

The film won Best Short Feature of the Year Award at the USA Film Festival and was the first AFI film that was picked up for theatrical distribution by Warner Brothers at the Melbourne International Film Festival. (1976)

Integrating films and videos, Prof. Bardosh had designed the first Virtual Memorial on the Internet. (AltaVista, New York, 1998)

Prof. Bardosh was the Co-Producer/ Writer of 'Forced March', the first and only international dramatic feature film co-production about the Nazi labor camps in World War II. (1990)

Championing ethnic television in America, Prof. Bardosh had started Hungarian American Television in 1978 that is still running as a weekly broadcast on Time Warner Cable TV.

Prof. Bardosh had directed the very first experimental multi-camera live switching broadcast streamed on the Internet for the Microsoft Corporation featuring interviews with various stars of Broadway. ('Backstage at the Tony Awards' -1997).

In 2004, 'The Sit Down', a multi-camera live-on-tape reality show pilot directed by Prof. Bardosh was nominated for the 'Rose d'Or', the oldest and most prestigious award in international television.

Prof. Bardosh has also pioneered Cell Phone Cinema in India, in co-production with Executive Director, Sandeep Marwah at the Asian Academy of Film and Television. (Film City, Noida, January, 2007).

In his recent NYIIFVF Best Director of a Feature Award winner film, 'Out of Balance', he was the first one to use live action inter-cut with color and black and white rotoscoped sequences to express different layers of memory. (Rio de Janeiro, South Florida, 2006-08).

In his book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digital Video, published by Penguin-Alpha Books, Prof. Bardosh has introduced the concept of filmmaking with an unbroken chain of digital software, starting with Digital Screenwriting (November, 2007).

In addition, Prof. Bardosh has been frequently serving as Script Doctor, Creative Consultant and Dramaturge on international co-productions and as Artistic Director, Judge and Panelist for international film festivals and competitions. He has been Artistic Director and President of the Jury for the Filmmaking Marathon of the CinePecs International Film Festival under the aegis of the European Union. Also as Artistic Director and President of the Jury Prof. Bardosh has just introduced Cell Phone Cinema at the first Mobile Screenfest of Australia, and at the new Beverly Hills Festival of Film, Television and New Media.

Recently, as a guest lecturer at Chapman University's Summer Film School, Prof. Bardosh has introduced his new course: 'No Excuse Cinema', a historical and critical overview of artistic masterpieces and commercial breakthroughs in world cinema, all made on shoestring budgets and also developed 10 ultra-low budget full length feature films as first professional projects for recent graduates.

Prof. Karl Bardosh has been teaching 27 different courses during his 17 years tenure at the New York University -Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

Lawrence David Foldes


Critically acclaimed, award-winning Director/Screenwriter/Producer Lawrence David Foldes, has tackled every genre since his first feature, the teen cult classic Malibu High in 1978 when he was recognized as the youngest professional filmmaker on record. One of the highest grossing films of the year according to The Hollywood Reporter, Malibu High was called “a surprisingly compassionate study in obsession” which “brings to mind Truffaut’s Adele H. ... an oddly compelling little gem” by The Los Angeles Times. From the cult underground horror favorite Don’t Go Near the Park to popular action features like Young Warriors and Night Force to the romantic comedy Prima Donnas, Lawrence has encountered almost every form of filming challenge.

Deciding to make films that leave a significant and positive impact on people’s lives, Lawrence has found his transition to emotional ensemble dramas and the widescreen Super 35mm Cinemascope format the most creative and rewarding. His last feature Finding Home was shot almost entirely on location on a remote island off the rugged Maine coast. The powerful story of forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption has won numerous film festival honors worldwide including 5 Best Picture Awards, Best Director and Best Actress, and was hailed by film critic Rex Reed of The New York Observer as “Honest and relevant, intense and riveting; it’s a cause for rejoicing!” Mr. Reed goes on to say, “Writer-director Lawrence David Foldes has proven that movies can still be fresh, creative, contemporary, and full of surprises.” CBS proclaimed Finding Home “!!!! One of the best films of the year. A compelling human drama, simultaneously dark and luminous... In every way, a beautifully rendered work.” NBC-TV’s Jeffrey Lyons calls Finding Home “Absorbing, it will touch you deeply.”

Lawrence is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Executive Committee of the Student Academy Awards. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Independence Film Fest of Colorado, the world’s highest and only statewide film festival. In 2006, Lawrence served on the Board of Directors of the Breckenridge Festival of Film and as its Director of Education. Since 1991 he has served on the Faculty and as Film Program Advisor at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine, and has lectured on film at various institutions and film festivals worldwide for over three decades.

Lawrence graduated from high school when he was only 16, at which time he produced, directed, shot, and edited the documentary Struggle for Israel which aired on PBS. He then studied with legendary director King Vidor, furthering his interest in the art and craft of directing. He simultaneously attended both UCLA and California Institute of the Arts where he studied under renowned director Alexander Mackendrick (“Sweet Smell of Success”) before transferring to Brooks Institute where he graduated from the Advanced Motion Picture Division with honors. He delivered the commencement address for the Brooks graduating class of ’07 and was awarded an Honorary Masters of Science Degree ad eundem. Previously, Lawrence and his producing partner, actress/producer Victoria Paige Meyerink, were honored by the City of Los Angeles with a Proclamation saluting them as “new blood” of the film industry and for “the positive image they cast and for the exemplary posture they mirror for the youth of our nation.”

In addition to his extensive experience as a feature director working with high profile celebrities and Oscar winners, Lawrence has had extensive experience in Entertainment Law, Human Behavior and Psychology, and Internal Medicine. He was the key Entertainment Consultant and Plaintiff’s Representative in two high profile and lengthy entertainment cases, working directly with lead counsel from initial discovery through courtroom verdict. Lawrence’s eclectic background has provided him with a unique insight into the psyche of the human being.

Neil McCartney


Neil McCartney has been active in the UK film industry for 30 years. First as the founding editor in 1988 of Screen Finance, the specialist newsletter on the film business which was part of a family of publications that he set up and ran in partnership with the Financial Times for 20 years. During this time he generated the first regular and comprehensive statistics on the workings of the national industry, including the number of UK films made each year (and their budgets), as well as breakdowns of whether they were wholly UK-produced or were majority or minority co-productions, and how many of these films were eventually picked up by distributors for theatrical release, how many went straight to video or television, and how many were never shown to the public at all. He was also one of the founders of the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. Having worked for many years as a consultant with the Raindance Film Festival in London (as he still does), he became UK representative of the Moscow International Film Festival in 2002 (which he still is) and has subsequently acted as an advisor to other festivals such as the Sindh International Film Festival in Pakistan (2014) and the Golden Island International Film Festival in Cyprus (2014). In 2006 he became chair of The Independent Film Trust, a UK-registered charity which exists to advance the cause of independent film-making. Among other things he helped to set up the arrangement with Raindance under which the two organisations runs a masters programme which leads to an MA or MSc in Film by Negotiated Learning, which is accredited by Staffordshire University. In 2010 he also became chair of the University of Cambridge Alumni Group for Film and Other Media. He still holds both positions. After producing a number of shorts he co-produced his first feature, Season of Mists in 2008. Since then he has had produced credits on another eight features, with several more in development. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as well as being a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Irakli Kvirikadze


Born on July 12, 1939 in Batumi.

Graduated from Tbilisi State University in journalism (1964), VGIK (1969, workshop G.Chuhraya), defended his thesis in "Directing a feature film" in 1971. In 1957-1959 as the assistant director at the studio "Georgia-Film" he worked in parallel in the newspaper "Youth of Georgia".

In 1969-1974 he became film director at the creative association "Telefilm" (Tbilisi), where he successfully produced several documentaries.

In 1974 he began his career as a feature director at the film studio "Georgia-Film".

As an author and co-writer of his films, as well as for the "Journey to Sopot" (1980, directed by Nana Jorjadze) he won many prizes including IFF prizes in Oberhausen. "Robinsonade, or My English Grandfather" ("Christopher Hughes - my English grandfather", 1986), " the life and death of Alexander Griboyedov, The Monster or someone else, Abrasion (1988, Prize of the International film Festival in Oberhausen)," Don Giovanni with pink cheeks "(1989) etc.

In France he won the prize for the best screenplay for "The Death of William Shakespeare" in 1993. The films "Limit" (1994, co-author), "Red Angels" (1994, dir. George Robertson), "The Crusader" (1995) and others brought him many prestigious Awards. His two films: 1001 Recipe Enamored Culinary Specialist Swimmer and the Luna Papa were nominated for the Oscar.

In recent years Irakli Kvirikadze have been working in the United States, France, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

Sergey Novozhilov


In 1982 he graduated with a highest honors Diploma from the Faculty of History of the Kalinin State University.

Getting started in a system of cinematography in 1984 Sergey immediately revealed his unique organizational talent and creativity. This includes his organizational work on the concerts for the actors of cinema and theater, and a large part that he took in the organization and development of the Russian Guild of Actors as well as an artistic director of the "Cinema Shock" festival (1992 to 2002), which was original in the years of S.V. Novozhilov’s work, highly artistic and different from any other domestic festivals.

From 2003 to the present S.V. Novozhilov is the Organiser and a President of the Open Russian Film Festival and Theatre "Amur Autumn". In ten years, Open Russian Film Festival and Theatre "Amur Autumn" has established itself not only as a significant event in the field of culture for the Far East region of Russia, which is given a special place in the political, economical, cultural and the social aspects, but also as an important political event, designed to serve the connection between China and Russia via cultural ties.


Medal "For contribution to the friendship of the Russian Center for the International and Cultural Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation" , 2006.

Diploma of the State Duma Committee on Culture for his contribution to the creation and development of the Russian Guild of Actors in 2008.

Diploma of the President of the Russian IC NS Mikhalkov, 2009.

Order for arrangements of the Russian lands, III degree. 2009, International Academy of Social Sciences of the year.

Olga Budina


Born on February 22, the Moscow region.

She graduated from the School of young philologists at MSU, was engaged in humanitarian lyceum.

She played the accordion, piano, was a soloist of the choir and orchestra. In 1997 he graduated from the Theatre School (University) them. Shchukin (Evg.Simonova and M.Panteleevoy course).

Since September 2012 - the co-host of the TV project channel «Russia1» - «On the most important thing.»

Academician of the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winner of Russian and international film festivals.

Laureate of the State Prize in Literature and Art in 2001.

Her acting work such films as «Border. Taiga novel «,» His Wife’s Diary «,» Romanovs. The Imperial Family «,» idiot «,» Moscow Saga, «» Heavy Sand «and many others.


SIFFA Winners:

  1. Best Cinematography – George Steel, cinematographer, Gozo (UK – Malta, 2015)
  2. Best Screenplay – Edward Bordukov, screenwriter, The Pitch (Russia, 2015)
  3. Best Actor – Kakhi Kavsadze and Dagun Omayev, main roles in Alexander Amirov’s Teli & Toli (Russia-Georgia, 2016)
  4. Best Actress – Chieko Matsubara, Whisper of Yuzu Leaves, director Koji Kamizono (Japan, 2016)
  5. Best Director – Vano Burduli, director, Summer of Frozen Fountains (Georgia-Russia, 2016)
  6. Special Jury AwardThe Dyosegey God, director Sergei Potapov, (Yakutia, 2015)
  7. Festival Gran PrixThe Pitch, director Edward Bordukov (Russia, 2015).
    The award was presented to the film producer Michael Degtyar and actor Kirill Degtyar.
  8. SIFFA President’s award recipient – Maeve Murphy – director, Taking Stock (UK, 2015)

Press Prize was awarded to Anton Bilzho’s The Dream Fish (Russia – Estonia, 2016).

Special Prizes were awarded to the Whisper of Yuzu Leaves by director Koji Kamizono and several out-of-competition films:

  • Lyricisms, director Nikolai Burlak (Russia, 2016)
  • Brutus, director Constantine Pham (Russia-Ukraine-US-Belarus-Romania-Israel, 2016)
  • Askarby Nagaplev’s documentary Circassian Woman (Russia, 2015)
  • Theodor Dodge's documentary Rush (US, 2014)

Prizes for best film debut were presented to young actors, students of London’s elite Harrow School Kazbek Kandour and Gerald Barry.

Special prizes for global contribution to filmmaking were awarded posthumously to outstanding filmmakers who died in 2016: people’s artist of the USSR Vladimir Zeldin, British actor Alan Rickman and Polish director Andrzei Wajda.





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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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