The Russian Film Week awards committee will select films for the Golden Unicorn Award in 10 different categories. The awards will be presented during the closing gala dinner.
These awards were created to recognize the efforts of film-makers from Russia and the world alike, as well as to promote the production worldwide of Russia-themed films, encouraging
cultural exchange and growth.
Andrew Jack has been a journalist at the Financial Times since 1990, including as Moscow correspondent and then bureau chief in 1998-2004. He was chairman of Pushkin House, an independent Russian cultural centre, during 2010-2016, and is the founding chair of its annual Russian non-fiction book prize. He is a member of the advisory panel of the Global Health Film Festival and a juror of the Artraker biennal award for conflict art. He is the author of books including "Inside Putin's Russia".
Elliot Grove is a Canadian-born film producer who founded both the Raindance Film Festival in 1993 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. Elliot has produced over 150 short films and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts. In 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America.
Anna MacDonald is the co-founder & joint principal of the London Film Academy, an innovative film school mirroring a professional production environment. Anna ensures that London Film Academy remains innovative, inspiring, cutting edge and produces compelling work that resonates with audiences. Her credits as producer and executive producer include hundreds of shorts, features and documentaries.
Baroness Rebuck, DBE
Gail Rebuck is a Director of Penguin Random House and sits on their Global Board of Representatives and Bertelsmann’s Group Management Committee. She was Chair and CEO of Random House from 1991-2013. Gail is currently a Non-Executive Director of Koovs Plc, Belmond Ltd. and Guardian Media Group. Gail is active in several literacy charities and is Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council at the Royal College of Art, the number one post-graduate university of art and design in the world.
Brian Cox, CBE, is a Scottish actor best known for appearing in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, Braveheart, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Troy, Doctor Who. He is an accomplished Shakespearean actor, spending seasons with the RSC and the National Theatre; taught Shakespeare in Russia for the Moscow Art Theatre actors. Nominated for Scottish BAFTA 2016 for Best Actor and for Golden Globe for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film; winner of Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie.
David P. Kelly
Executive film producer & cinema entrepreneur A UK and European Industry recognised Film Producer who trained at MGM studios in Los Angeles and with UK companies such as- BBC, Film Four and Working Title Films, where he also worked as a producer. David has 20 years experience of producing, co-producing and executive producing on international and European Film and television drama. He is an investor and director at two London independent cinemas. He is a BAFTA voting member along with being a long-term member of The European film academy.
Michael Bird is the British Council’s Director Russia. This is his third posting to Russia – his first was in Moscow (1987-1991), his second in St Petersburg (1993-1997). He was also Director Ukraine, Director Scotland, Director Germany and Regional Director Wider Europe. He studied Russian at Cambridge, Harvard and Voronezh Universities.
Nancy Condee is Professor of Film (University of Pittsburgh) and directs a Russian research institute. Her awards include the Gaidar Fellowship; a British Academy Fellowship (Saint Antony’s); and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her publications include Imperial Trace: Recent Russian Cinema (Oxford), which won the MLA Slavic Prize, and articles in The Nation, The Washington Post, October, New Left Review, Sight and Sound, as well as NLO, Seans, Voprosy literatury, and Iskusstvo kino. Her consultancy work includes the Edinburgh Film Festival and PBS on several Frontline documentaries. She has also served on 5 juries, including the Kinotavr Open Film Festival.
Stuart Brown was appointed the BFI’s Head of Programme & Acquisitions in 2015. Stuart is a key force in unifying the BFI’s audience strategy, maximising the cultural and commercial performance of BFI cinemas and BFI distribution across UK theatrical, non-theatrical, DVD, VoD service BFI Player and international touring programmes. Stuart has overseen several successful cross-platform projects including Shakespeare on Film, Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke, and the Complete Martin Scorsese Retrospective and the forthcoming THRILLER Blockbuster.
Peter Bradshaw has been chief film critic for The Guardian since 1999, and he also contributes to Radio 4, BBC One, Esquire and the London Review Of Books. He has published three novels: Lucky Baby Jesus (1999), Dr Sweet And His Daughter (2003) and Night Of Triumph (2013). His most recent short story, Neighbours Of Zero broadcast on Radio 4 on Friday 17th November. His short story "Reunion" appears in Best British Short Stories 2017 (published by Salt publishing).
Irina Gofman is President and CEO of leading international media company, Viasat World - home to TV1000 Russian Kino, Russia’s most popular movie channel. Before taking over the helm at Viasat World, Irina spent many years serving as Executive Vice President for MTG AB, International Media and Broadcasting Group’s, Russian & CIS operations and Pay TV Emerging Markets. Irina was also CEO of MTG Russia & CIS between 2008 and 2011, and was instrumental in the launch of Viasat Broadcasting wholesale Pay TV business in Russia.
Kirsan Ilyumzhynov is businessman and politician. He was the President of the Republic of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation from 1993 to 2010, and he has been the President of FIDE, the international governing body for the game of chess, since 1995. He has also been in the forefront of promoting chess in schools in Russia and overseas. He is the founder of Novy Vzglyad publishing house.
Olga Sherwood worked for the film studio Lenfilm. From 1985 to 2015 she was correspondent, observer, editor of the department of culture for the Vecherniy Leningrad/Vecherniy Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg Vedomosti newspapers. Worked as a press-attache of the film “Russian Ark“ by Alexander Sokurov and became author for its website. Olga Sherwood worked as a jury member of numerous international and Russian film festivals and script competitions. She was awarded the title “Honorary filmmaker of Russia” (2003).
Sasha (Aleksandr) Shapiro
Sasha (Aleksandr) Shapiro is the founder and Managing Director of Media Content Capital, a private equity investment fund focused on early/medium-stage investments into Media, Internet and Entertainment companies. For 14 years, he worked in various senior executive positions at Warner Bros. Shapiro is producer and executive producer on a number of feature films, including Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fading Gigolo, starring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro, Naked, starring Marlon Wayans, Ophelia, starring Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts.
The winners of the Golden Unicorn Awards 2017
(Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Lars Eidinger (Mathilde/Матильда)
Vladimir Mishukov (Dream-fish/Рыба-мечта)
Evgeniy Mironov (Spacewalker/Время первых)
Aleksandr Yatsenko (Arrythmia/Аритмия)
Mikhail Sivorin (All will end soon/Скоро все кончится)
Irina Gorbacheva (Arrythmia/Аритмия)
Nelli Popova (Guppy/Гуппи)
Daria Zhovner (Closeness/Теснота)
Maryana Spivak (Loveless/Нелюбовь)
Anna Chipovskaya (Blockbuster/Блокбастер)
All will end soon/Скоро все кончится
(Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Lake Vostok/Озеро «Восток»
24 snow/ 24 Снега
Tigers and Humans/ Тигры и Люди
The Last Waltz/Последний Вальс
Bonfires and Stars/Костры и Звезды
Lake Vostok. Mountains of Madness
(Dir. Ekaterina Eremenko)
Best Short Film
The Law of excluded third/Закон исключённого третьего
The Law of Excluded Third
(Dir. Alexandra Sokolovskaya)
Listening to Beеthoven/Слушая Бетховена
Urfin Djus/Урфин Джюс
The Snow Queen 3/Снежная Королева 3
Peter and Fevronia/Сказ о Петре и Февронии
Listening to Beеthoven
(Dir. Garri Bardin)
Best Foreign Film with a Russian connection
Vermelho Russo (Russian Red)
Chronicles of Melanie
Son of Sofia
Prejudices Against Shadows
(Dir. William Oldroyd)
Best Emerging Talent
Daria Zhovner (Closeness/Теснота)
Lera Surkova (Pagans/Язычники)
Ksenia Zueva (Nearest and Dearest/Близкие)
Best Foreign Documentary Film
A Moon of Nickel and Ice
Oleg and the Rare Arts
We ll be alright
Placebo. Alt: Russia
1917 — the Real October
Oleg and the Rare Arts
At the Edge of the World/40 лет на Краю Света
Searching for a superb deer. Conservation Secret Runs/В поисках благородного оленя
Change Your World/Измени свой мир
My North Pole /Мой северный полюс
True Superhero/Настоящий супергерой
Сlean Field/Чистое поле
(Dir. Maxim Arbugaev)
(Dir. Alexey Uchitel)
Audience Choice : As decided by the viewers who rated the films on special voting cards after each screening.