Main Competition

Main Prize

«Horizon», director Tinatin Kajrishvili (2018, Georgia - Sweden)

Special Prize 

«Clay Pit», director Vera Glagoleva (2018, Russia)

Special Jury Diploma

"Exciting Life", director Anna Yanovskaya (2018, Russia) -- "For the extraordinary combination of genres"

Best Film Director

"Strangers of Patience", director Vladimir Alenikov (2018, Russia)

Best Original Screenplay

"Love Possibly", scriptwriters Michael Boccalini, Michael Coburn, Che Grant, Kew Lin (2018, United Kingdom)

Best Director of Photography

"Pilgrim", DOP Svyatoslav Bulakovsky (2018, Russia)

Vera Glgoleva Prize for the Best Debut

«Deep Rivers», director Vladimir Bitokov (2018, Russia)

Best Actor

"Exciting Life", actor Alexey Yudnikov

Best Actress

"Strangers of Patience", actress Maja Szopa

Best Production Designer

"Horizon", Production Designer Georgy (2018, Georgia - Sweden)

Best Music

"Pilgrim", composer Alexey Aigi

Best Costume Designer

"Kathrine of Sinai", Costume Designers Annie Curtis-Jones; Margaret McMasters; Stanley McMasters (2018, United Kingdom)


Documentary Film Competition

Best Documentary

«A Thousand Girls Like Me», director Sarah Mani (2018, Afganistan-France) -- for professionalism, bravery, objectivity and taking a principled stand on human rights and support of the international women's movement


Special Mention

"Sharkwater Extinction", director Rob Steawrt (2018, Canada) -- for sending a clear message to humanity and for the author's civilian act of bravery


Best Short Film

"Black Mamba", director Amel Guelatty (2018, Tunisia)


Special Mention

«Scream»director Toma Stenko (2018, Russia-Georgia) -- for cinematographic expressiveness, humanity and compassion in exploring the vicissitudes of human life


«Verka Fouettés», director Inna Shcherban (2017, Russia-Spain) -- awarded to actress Anna Nakhapetova for spirited flamenco dancing


SIFFA President’s Award

To Paulina Simacheva, Anna Nakhapetova and Vera Glagoleva for inspired approach to transcending the limitations of time with arts.


SIFFA / SIFFA President's Diplomas

for Kandinsky Ocean - for visualizing poetry in film


to producer Anastassia Razlogova for intrepidly seeking out new combinations of genres on the other side of drama and non-drama films


To Susanna Alperina, the producer of «Into_Nation of Big Odessa» (dir. Alexandr Brunkovskiy) for the creative approach in thinking about the local and the global at once


Contribution to building bridges between countries and peoples

YEŞIM GÜZELPINAR, producer, Turkey-United Kingdom


SIFFA Management Awards

«The Greek of the Russian Empire» directed by Svetlana Muzychenko For preserving the cultural heritage and historical memory

to producer Zlatina Filipova, film «Runaway Smartphone» - for creating and advancing films for childre

Special Press Awards

goes to Kostadin Bonev - director of the feature film Away from the Shore - for discussing the theme that never goes away: balancing art and power

goes to Igor Poplaukhin, director of the short Calendar - for highlighting a very topical issue - that of the right of the modern women to go beyond her daily chores

goes to Svetlana Stasenko, director of documentary «SHAMANIC LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS» - for using simple language to discuss a mystery-filled topic and for showcasing the traditions of the peoples of the Russian Federation

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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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