The third Annual Russian Film Week will be held on November 25 to December 2, 2018 in landmark venues across London: BFI Southbank, Regent Street Cinema, Curzon Mayfair, Empire IMAX Leicester Square as well as in Edinburgh, Cambridge and Oxford.
The eight-day festival celebrates the best of new films from Russian filmmakers worldwide and promotes Russian cinema while bridging the gap between Russian cinematography and the western world. “We believe that at the time of political tensions, it’s more important than ever to build cross-cultural bridges between Russia and the UK. We need to reach across the divide and collaborate effectively on the world’s stage. This very idea – that by bringing people together we can increase global harmony and nurture peace – is the foundation on which Russian film week was built”, said Filip Perkon, Founder and General Producer of the Russian Film Week and the Golden Unicorn Awards.
The festival culminates in the Golden Unicorn Awards ceremony designed to recognise excellence in 9 nominations, including the Best Foreign Film About Russia. The voting process reflects this cross-cultural idea of the Russian Film Week, meaning all films will be judged by an international jury under the lead of the renowned British and Hollywood actor Brian Cox. The awards ceremony is expected to be another spectacular show featuring global actors on the red carpet and Charity Gala Dinner in aid of Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation.
Russian Film Week and the Golden Unicorn was founded in 2016 by Filip Perkon (Perkon Productions Ltd.) with a group of volunteers on a non-profit basis. From 2017 the festival is supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture, Synergy University, and the BFI.