skip to Main Content

THE RUSSIAN-BRITISH SOCHI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL unveils spectacular UK schedule of movie screenings, music concerts and Ambassador’s Gala Awards reception

Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) has confirmed its re-launch of an expanded UK festival from 11 – 20 February 2022, marking the Russian-British SIFFA team’s first return to real venues with live audiences in the UK since 2019, and marking its 6th consecutive annual British-based show.

In total SIFFA UK 2022 will host 6 Russian and Kazakh movie screenings – two UK premières – along with a children’s party, musical recitals and for the first time ever in the UK, a live Q&A in person with the team of Siberian film-makers from Yakutia, live on stage in London.

The SIFFA UK 2022 show will cross 4 UK towns and cities, including Sochi’s twin town of Cheltenham, with a grand showpiece, red carpet Gala Awards Reception hosted by the Russian Ambassador and his wife at their diplomatic mansion Residence in London.With further details still to be confirmed, this is the SIFFA UK 2022 Festival Programme to date.

Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, 2 February – 28 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
  • Recital, 8 pm – the Kandour String Quartet , with 2 violins, viola & cello, accompanied by world-accomplished accordionist Natalia Japerte of Latvia

Saturday, 12 February – Chapel Arts Gallery, Cheltenham

  • Gala Opening & Reception, 6pm – with the Worshipful Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Steve Harvey
  • UK PREMIÈRE Screening, 7 pm – ‘Heavenly Team’, (2021, Dir. Vladimir Alenikov, Russia)

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

  • UK PREMIÈRE 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 FederationSTRICTLY BY INVITATION ONLY

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).
  • Winner of the Irida Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at SIFFA 2021 in Sochi, ‘Tygyn Darkhan’ is so titled after the legendary hero-king of the ancient Siberian clan ruling the vast Arctic and Far Eastern territory of Yakutia, known as the Republic of Sakha, part of Russia today. Yakutia is the size of India, and produces 25% of the world’s diamonds, with its capital Yakutsk designated the coldest city on Earth (average winter temp -35˚C).
  • 60 double seats available, and a fully licensed Bar for 40.


  1. For any further details, please contact SIFFA – Media Director John Hellings on 07913 819 784; e-mail –
  2. SIFFA website is :


This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back To Top