SOCHI International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) arrives in London for a 3-day series of cinematic celebrations called SIFFA UK, from 21st to 23rd March...

"Violin" by Costa Fam selected by the Golden Eagle Film Academy Award

"Violin" by Costa Fam, the winner of the prestigious Vera Glagoleva SIFFA - 2017 Honorary Award has been selected by the Golden Eagle Film Academy Award in th...


The second Sochi International Film Festival & Awards (SIFFA) took place December 11-16, 2017 in Sochi....

SIFFA Press Conference in Moscow

The Second Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) press conference took place at the Russia Today International Information Agency on November 13t...

The winners of Cannes 2017

"The winners of Cannes 2017 are listed below. We saw most of the premieres and met many old friends and some new ones. We also do feel as winners because despit...

Press Conference of SIFA at Cannes Film Festival

The presentation of the new Russian-British Sochi International Film Awards festival (SIFA) at the Marché du Film will take place 24th May (Wednesday) from 15:3...

SIFA team at Cannes Marché Du Film

SIFA team is waiting for you at Palais 1, booth 24.07...

Press release – SIFA presentation in London

Sochi International Film Awards (SIFA) hosted a presentation at two of London's most prestigious venues – British Academy of Film and Television Arts, at 195 Pi...
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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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