SIFFA UK: 19th - 23rd March 2019


March 19 at 16:00 will be a round-table with the participation of Russian and International filmmakers on the topic "Present cinema: local paths to global success." Participants: Lyubov Balagova, Russia-United Kingdom; Mohy Kandour, Russia-United Kingdom; Vladimir Bitokov, Russia; Michael Redwood, Great Britain, Serkan Nihat, Turkey-Great Britain, and others. Rossotrudnichestvo, a branch of the United Kingdom, located at 37 High St Kensington, London W8 5ED, 1floor will be the venue for the round table. Journalists and representatives of the British and Russian film industry are invited.

Short films will be screened on March 19 at 19:00: 1. THE TOURIST by director Denis Kudryavtsev; the film will be presented by Oleg Hill; 2. KANDNSKY OCEAN, will be presented by the author Lydia Grigorieva 3) MAMA SEINT SEBASTIAN will be represented by the author Alexander Mercury. (37 High St Kensington, London W8 5ED, 1floor).

On March 20, at 19:00, Lubov Balagova will give a lecture “Black and White: the colours of history and cinematography”. Elements of film screening. Professional exchange of experience. At 37 High St Kensington, London W8 5ED

March 21 A special part of the SIFFA UK program will be the gala screening of the film by Vladimir Bitokov Deep Rivers, followed by the traditional awards ceremony and the presentation of the Fashion House of Alexandra Stepanets. Vladimir Bitokov, the winner of the SIFFA film competition, winner of the The SIFFA VERA GLAGOLEVA PRIZE for the Best Debut. Both events will be held in the city of London (Auditorium of the Pincent Masons office at 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES).

The program will be run by Miss Curvy UK (Miss Curvaceous UK), British actress and the model of the Fashion House RINALDI ASHLEY GRAHAM, Natalie Deadman and a well-known Russian actor, model and presenter Maxim Kolosov. The gala evening will be embellished  with musical and classical accompaniment performed by KANDUR QUARTET, (postgraduates of RCM).

March 22 At the end of the film screenings, round-tables and awards, guests and participants of SIFFA UK are Invited to enjoy  the play “Reconciliation” based on the story by the Russian cwriter Tatyana Dittrich, director V. Horton. The performance will take place at the Courtyard Theater at 40 Pitfield St. London N1 6 EU

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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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