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Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) has confirmed its re-launch of an expanded UK festival  which will go ahead fully live from 11 – 20 February, marking the Russian-British SIFFA team’s first return to real venues with live audiences since 2019, and its 6th consecutive annual UK show.

In total SIFFA UK 2022 hosts 6 Russian and Kazakh movie screenings – one a UK première – along with a children’s party, musical recitals and Director’s and Producer’s Q & A, across 4 UK towns and cities, including Sochi’s twin town of Cheltenham, with a grand, red carpet Gala Awards Reception hosted by the Russian Ambassador and his wife at their diplomatic mansion Residence in London.


12 January – 21 February – Chapel Arts Gallery, Cheltenham

Exhibition of classic vintage Russian film posters, Courtesy of Russian State film institute, Mosfilm, Moscow

Friday, 11 February – Chapel Arts Gallery, Cheltenham

Screening, 4.30 pm – ‘Ivan’s Childhood’, (1962, Dir Andrey Tarkovsky, Russia), an early work by the late, great Russian maestro

Friday, 11 February – Chapel Arts Gallery, Cheltenham

Recital, 8 pm – the world-accomplished Kandour String Quartet , with 2 violins, viola & cello, accompanied by accordionist Natalia Japerte of Latvia

Saturday, 12 February – Chapel Arts Gallery, Cheltenham

Gala Opening & Reception – with The Worshipful Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Steve Harvey & HM Solicitor-General

Saturday, 12 February – Chapel Arts Gallery, Cheltenham

UK PREMIÈRE Screening, 7 pm – ‘Heavenly Team’, (2021, Dir. Vladimir Alenikov, Russia)

Tuesday, 15 February – The Vue cinema, Grafton Centre, East Road, Cambridge

Screening, 7pm – ‘Fire’, (2021, Dir. Aizhana Kassymbek, Kazakhstan), in co-operation with the Cambridge Russian-speaking Society

Friday, 18 February – Gala Awards Reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation and Mrs Irina Kelina at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation.


Saturday 19 February – The Palace Cinema, Harbour Street, Broadstairs, Kent

Screening, 5pm – ‘Africa’, (2021, Dir. Daria Binevskaya, Russia) – suitable for children and all ages – in collaboration with The Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, Ramsgate, Kent (including Russian cake and drinks)

Sunday 20 February – The Everyman cinema, Borough Yards, Borough Market, London SE1 9PA

Special Screening followed by live Q & A with the Producer and Director, 7 pm – ‘Tygyn Darkhan’ (2020, Dir. Nikita Arzhakov, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia).


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“The film festival justified the hopes placed on it and was held at a high course. All looked professional, the level of the films entered the competition are very high. The jury members are  amazing. Everything is only positive.” Lawrence David Foldes – Director/Producer/Executive Committee Member of the Student Academy Awards, USA

“It seems to me extremely important that the work of Russian-British cinema is being carried out on the difficult stages of Sochi and London. Holding events in the key central British venues, in the heart of Europe and the entire Western world, is a particularly difficult task. But the SIFFA team succeeds!” Sergey Novozhilov – International Film Festival Amur Autumn President

“This is a great concept. I have worked at the largest film festivals in Russia this year, but your film festival has become one of the best. Lived up to my hopes. Both in content and in style, it corresponded to the best examples of world film festivals.” Vera Glagoleva – First Chair of SIFFA-2016, People’s Artist of Russia, Film Director, Member of the European Film Academy

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