George-Veale-presents TOP FILM AWARDS GALA SHOW




George – Veale  present a prestigious Anglo-Russian Film Festival Awards Gala Night in London.Cardiff beauty Vicky George-Veale  will present the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) promoters who are currently staging a London-based series of film events starting yesterday.

The main Festival is held every December at the stunning seaside resort of Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast – host also to five matches in the upcoming FIFA World Cup football contest.

Vicky will be presenting into this year’s SIFFA UK events – their Gala Awards show at London’s super-trendy Soho Hotel on Friday night (23 March). 

Top of the London bill collecting a special SIFFA award from Vicky on the night will be Oscar-winning British film director Stephen Frears. The acclaimed director is being honoured for his hit comic drama period piece Victoria & Abdul, which stars Dame Judi Dench.

Vicky will have to steer her way through introductions for a tongue-twisting list of British and Russian film industry leading lights as she presents the golden ‘Irida’ statuettes to the Sochi winners.

The up-and-coming 26-year-old performer, who trained at Rada, has made appearances in TV’s Dr Who and Wales’ longest-running Welsh-language TV soap opera, Pobol y Cwm. Her career has also branched out into fashion modelling and a successful run at top Beauty Contests.

In 2013 she made the world finals of Miss Universe, having previously reached the Miss Galaxy finals and winning the Miss British Empire crown in 2012. Vicky remains undaunted by the sudden challenge of the London bright lights: “I shall pack my kit including a ball gown and we are going to having amazing night,” said Vicky. “I am extremely determined, dedicated, focused and utterly committed,” she said

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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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