Magazine article Screen International

New Sochi Film Festival to Showcase Russian, International Talent

Magazine article Screen International

New Sochi Film Festival to Showcase Russian, International Talent

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Russia is to host the first ever Sochi International Film Festival (SIFF) - an annual event taking place in the Olympic sea resort of Sochi in the Russian Federation, and set to run Dec 10-16, 2016. The new event was announced in Cannes by Russian cinema promoter Roskino.

Designed with the ambition of creating a wide British and international audience for Russian film, and vice-versa; the festival is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the rich filmmaking talent found both in Russia and abroad, and to providing a platform for the sharing of knowledge between peers united together to harness film as a force for good.

Filmmaker, poet, screenwriter, and academic Lubov Balagova has been announced as President of SIFF; with Mohy Quandour, the director, producer, and National Writer of the Russian Federation, leading the jury.

Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze said of the festival: "We are excited to be presenting a new Sochi film festival in the Russian pavilion. Sochi is a dynamically developing region of Russia, which became very popular after the Olympic Games.

"Sochi already has another festival Kinotavr, which has a strong reputation in the Russian cinema. …

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