The Golden Unicorn Awards were created in celebration of the best of Russian film and foreign films about Russia, and the cross-cultural nature of the Russian Film Week. The symbol of the unicorn being relevant to both British and Russian folklore. We are so proud to be working towards building a bridge between the British and Russian cultures, especially in such a turbulent political time.To honour the cross-cultural nature of our festival and awards, the selections have been handpicked by a brilliant international jury, which includes: Hollywood actor Brian Cox, the London Film Academy co-founder Anna MacDonald, the BFI Head of Programming Stuart Brown, and the Guardian’s chief film critic Peter Bradshaw.

We also have a separate Russian jury for the Best foreign film set in Russia category, including the Viasat World CEO Irina Gofman and ex-President of the Republic of Kalmykia and FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

“This will be the second year running that we have our awards ant it is already well-respected and considered prestigious. I am glad that such good, meaningful and powerful films from various genres are featured in the nominations,” – said Filip Perkon, the festival’s General producer. “We show the crème de la crème of Russian cinema, and as for foreign films about Russia, there are so many of them this year, good and exciting, that we had to create two nominations: Best Feature and Best Documentary.”

It is the second year of this esteemed cross-cultural award, which will be presented at the Golden Unicorn Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner on the 25th of November televised by several TV channels including Viasat World, the home to TV1000 Russian Kino, Russia’s most popular movie channel.We absolutely cannot wait, and hope you are just as excited as we are to not only to watch all these spectacular films, but also to find out the winners!And now for the shortlist…

Best Film

  • Guppy
  • Loveless
  • Closeness
  • Mathilde
  • Space walker
  • Arrythmia

Best Screenplay

  • Guppy
  • Loveless
  • All will end soon
  • Closeness
  • Arrythmia

Best Actor

  • Lars Eidinger (Mathilde)
  • Vladimir Mishukov (Dream-fish)
  • Evgeniy Mironov (Spacewalk)
  • Aleksandr Yatsenko (Arrythmia)
  • Mikhail Sivorin(All will end soon)

Best Actress

  • Irina Gorbacheva (Arrythmia)
  • Nelli Popova (Guppy)
  • Daria Zhovner (Closeness)
  • Maryana Spivak (Loveless)
  • Anna Chipovskaya (Blockbuster)

Best Emerging Talent

  • Daria Zhovner (Closeness)
  • Lera Surkova (Pagans)
  • Ksenia Zueva (Nearest and Dearest)

Best Short Film

  • Merry-go-round
  • Milk
  • The Passenger
  • The First
  • Huh
  • Percent
  • Akado
  • The Law of Excluded Third

Best Documentary

  • Lake Vostok
  • 24 snow
  • Tigers and Humans
  • Harmony
  • The Last Waltz
  • Bonfires and Stars

Best Animation Film

  • Listening to Beеthoven
  • Urfin Djus
  • The Snow Queen 3
  • Peter and Fevronia

Best Film About Russia

  • Vermelho Russo (Russian Red)
  • Lady Macbeth
  • Chronicles of Melanie
  • Son of Sofia
  • Prejudices Against Shadows
  • Stalin’s Couch
  • Polina

Best Foreign Documentary Film

  • A Moon of Nickel and Ice
  • Oleg and the Rare Arts
  • We’ll be alright
  • Placebo. Alt: Russia
  • Soviet Hippies
  • 1917 – the Real October

Best Student Ecology Short

  • At the Edge of the World
  • Searching for a superb deer. Conservation Secret Runs
  • Garich
  • Change Your World
  • The Trap
  • The Mushers
  • My North Pole
  • True Superhero
  • Countdown
  • Сlean Field