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Russia national day screening at siffa celebrated with the free screening of salut 7 on june 12

The Russian-British International Film Festival, SIFFA, supported by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Great Britain and Northern Ireland...

In this video, supporting the Sochi International Film Festival & Awards,

Maxim Vengerov plays with his daughter Liza...

Russian-style Oscar Movie Awards to Roll Out Red Carpet in London




Integrity Magazine Issue 6


Sochi Film Festival awards Sharkwater Extinction at gala in London, on the eve of its release in the UK

THE GLAMOROUS Sochi International Film Festival and Awards’ (SIFFA) UK Gala Night in the decorous interior of top global law firm Pinsent Masons proved a...

Russians descend on London

The cream of Russian society will be flocking to a glittering London event this week....

City of London Rolls Out Red Carpet for Anglo-Russian Gala Film Awards

The City of London cinematic celebration will show SIFFA’18 Best Début Award-winning movie ‘Deep Rivers’, a breath-taking tour-de-force played out in the wild...

Old Windsor founder of Russian film festival hopes to bring nations together

The founder of the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) wants to reconnect the people of Russia and the UK through a shared love of film....

Sochi International Film Festival and Awards – The Photos!

It was a couple weeks ago that the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards ended on a high note when prizes were given to filmmakers and...

Sochi International Film Festival and Awards 2018

The 3rd Sochi International Film Festival and Awards took place from Dec. 11-16th, and it was a glamorous and glittering affair and showcased some amazing...

Cannes Diary – Day 4

Wow – the week is more than half over and there are signs that the festival is almost already coming to an end. It’s less busy than it was earlier in the week...


Cinema philosopher and the main film critic in Russia Kirill Razlogov - about the establishment of cultural bridges in the times of crisis or about SIFFA...

From Russia with Love

Cinema philosopher and the main film critic in Russia Kirill Razlogov - about the establishment of cultural bridges in the times of crisis or about SIFFA...

George-Veale-presents TOP FILM AWARDS GALA SHOW


Judi Dench: Dame's cold shoulder for a Russian film festival

DAME Judi Dench, who has played spy chief M in seven James Bond films, has pulled out of making an appearance at a Russian film festival gala evening in London...

Film scholar and critic Kirill Razlogov about Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA)

Film scholar Kirill Razlogov talks about the future of domestic billion-dollar films and international cooperation...

Film critic Kirill Razlogov: Prototype of the Festival of the Future

The very end of 2017 witnessed the second edition of a unique film festival in Sochi, which I believe to be the prototype of the festivals of the future - a...

FROM LONDON - With Russian Poetess Dr Luba Balagova

Reviewing 2017 events and looking into rest of 2018 crystal ball. Discussed Sochi International Film Festival British connection, Luba read a poem about pred...

I Drank Coffee with Russian President Vladmir Putin - A True Story!

As some readers might know, I just came back from Sochi, Russia. I was there for the 2017 Sochi International Film Festival and Awards event. And what a fanta...

Positive and supportive review of our work at Cannes by Viktor Terentev


Like great music and cinema, Irish bars know no borders

Source:  MY WEEK: MAEVE MURPHY The film director enjoys a prize-winning trip to the first Sochi film festival — and its local pub O’Sullivan’s, where the...

SIFA. Dreams come true

Source:    The First Sochi International Film Awards (SIFA) happened! Moreover, its participants, guests, and press even gave it a new non-offic...

The organizers of the film festival in Sochi will help the integration of Russian cinema

SOCHI, September 26 – RIA Novosti, Genevieve ed. The first international Sochi festival (SIFA) will help you to represent Russia to the West and contribu...

Russian Olympic Resort of Sochi to Welcome International Film Festival

Russian Olympic Resort of Sochi to Welcome International Film Festival...

Sochi Fest Launches to Promote Russian Talent

Sochi Fest Launches to Promote Russian Talent...

German Klimenko’ Radio ‘Service For Russia’

Сервис для людей. Новый международный кинофестиваль в Сочи     45 minute program talk about the Sochi International Film Awards at the German Klim...

1st Sochi International Film Awards SIFA Will Be Held in December

The 1st International Film Awards SIFA will take place in Sochi from December 10 to December 16. The British Film Institute and RAINDANCE Film Festival will b...

New Sochi Film Awards to showcase Russian, international talent

EXCLUSIVE: Inaugural December event announced in Cannes by Roskino. ) – an annual event taking place in the Olympic sea resort of Sochi in the Russian Fe...
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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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