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

10-10-2016

SOCHI, September 26 – RIA Novosti, Genevieve ed. The first international Sochi festival (SIFA) will help you to represent Russia to the West and contribute to the integration of Russian cinema in British and European culture, told reporters the President of SIFA, producer Luba Balagova.

For the first time in Russia from 10 to 16 December will be the annual Sochi international film festival. According to organizers, the initiative on holding the international festival in Sochi was supported by the Ministry of culture of Russia and the representative office of MFA of Russia in the UK.

“There should be both the British and the Russians, and, of course, over time we will invite participants from other countries. It is very important that they saw and fell in love with Russia”, — said Balagova, adding that the annual international festival in Sochi will contribute to the development of Russian cinema, especially in British and in European and world film culture.

New festival will bring together leading Russian, British and foreign filmmakers, cultural figures and art. The symbol of the festival will be the messenger of the Olympian gods, a mediator between gods and men, dispersing the clouds and bringing the rainbow in Greek mythology – iris. The winner of the main trophy SIFА will take part in the project “Russian film Week” festival Raindance Film Festival in London.

Within SIFA in Sochi and other Russian cities will be held seminars and master-classes with the participation of British film Directors, actors and producers. And in London and other UK cities will be held seminars and master classes with the famous Russian filmmakers.

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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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