SIFFA News

The founder and president Luba Balagova's inspiring speech at SIFFA UK 23rd march 2018 @ Soho Hotel

24-03-2018
Hello and good evening to you, my wonderful guests - to those of you here tonight who have participated in our Sochi International Film Festival and Awards...

SIFFA WILL CONTINUE AND POLITICAL DRAMA WILL FADE – RUSSIAN MAYOR TELLS LONDON FILM GALA NIGHT

23-03-2018
The Mayor of the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi has backed the Anglo-Russian SIFFA Film Festival which hosted a glittering UK Gala night in London’s...

ANGLO-RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL

20-03-2018
ANGLO-RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL ORGANISERS SORRY DAME JUDI DENCH ‘UPSET’ BY SALISBURY SPY ATTACK LINK CLAIM – WHEN SHE’S HARD AT WORK ON LOCATION...

ANGLO-RUSSIAN OSCARS FILM FESTIVAL COMES TO LONDON

08-03-2018
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

24-01-2018
"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...

PRESS-RELEASE: Second SIFFA Results

20-12-2017
The second Sochi International Film Festival & Awards (SIFFA) took place December 11-16, 2017 in Sochi....

SIFFA Press Conference in Moscow

13-11-2017
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

05-06-2017
"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

24-05-2017
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

20-05-2017
SIFA team is waiting for you at Palais 1, booth 24.07...

Press release – SIFA presentation in London

27-02-2017
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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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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