SIFFA International Film Festival and Awards opens an online week in the UK

Compressed file

The SIFFA International Russian-British Film Festival opens its online British week with film screenings and creative meetings.

"As you know, 10 February is Diplomacy Day in Russia and around the world. Our Russo-British Music and Film Festival can be called the most diplomatic film festival, as it was created to build bridges between Russia and the UK through the power of film and music. Despite all obstacles, we will open the doors of our virtual cinema hall SIFFA in the UK on 10 February with the support of our partner, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the UK," says festival president Lyubov Balagova. 

The film festival is keeping up with the times and created its own online platform for film screenings:

All of the creative zoom-ins will be posted on the festival's youtube channel

"This might be a good time to explore Russian cinema, speak to exceptional individuals and get an insight into everything on their list for 2021, as well as talk to those who have achieved a lot and can motivate or just inspire us," say the film festival organisers. 

SIFFA UK will feature films by Karen Shakhnazarov, Vladimir Khotinenko, Anatoly Balchev and Natalia Ivanova. You will see the films "Vysotsky. Odessa Notebook", "White Tiger", "Muslim", "No Strangers" and others. 

Natalya Bondarchuk will come to the virtual meeting to share the memories of her father, film director and Oscar winner Sergey Bondarchuk. Natalya Sergeyevna will also talk about herself, her childhood and her work. 

"I invite everyone to join us. You may not get a second chance to see our unique programme, so plan your days so as to have an unforgettable time with us," the president of the film festival appeals to all film lovers and connoisseurs. 

Each film will be followed by a Q&A session.  For enquiries please email   

Film festival program: 

Follow our news: 

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Thank you to our general information partners: Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK, Sochi City Administration, RF; Cheltenham Twinning Association (UK); Ministry of Culture of the RF; FABUK magazine (UK), VGTRK-VESTI, Sochi RF;