Our rules

1. The annual film festival Russian Film Week «Неделя Российского Кино» (hereinafter — RFW) held in London, of which The Golden Unicorn Awards «Золотой Единорог» (hereinafter — GUA) are an established part, introduces films to the general public; the GUA Selection Commission proposes the films.

2. RFW mission: to facilitate European — Russian collaboration in the realm of film; to promote Russian film to an international audience; to empower international production companies to produce and set films in Russia; to encourage distribution of Russian films in Europe; to provide access for independent international films to be screened in Russia; to stimulate international filmmakers to produce Russia-themed titles or films based in Russia.

GUA mission: to celebrate the best achievements of Russian cinematography in promoting the image of Russia abroad and the best achievements of foreign filmmakers in producing films about Russia or set in Russia.

3. The RFW and the GUA ceremony are held in London, United Kingdom every year in late November — early December at Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, Marylebone, London W1B 2UW, United Kingdom (information is published annually on the RFW website: russianfilmweek.org).

4. The RFW programme and auxiliary events are determined by the RFW Organizing Committee.

5. The programme of the RFW includes feature films, shorts, documentary and animated films, produced by Russian filmmakers or co-productions released in the 18 months prior to the starting day of the RFW; it also includes satellite events, such as the Industry Forum for film-makers and distributors from both Russia and Europe; master-classes by famous filmmakers; press conferences, round tables, lectures, exhibitions; entertainment.

Each year, upon the RFW conclusion and the announcement of the GUA winners, the films nominated for the Best Foreign Film On a Russian Theme (feature and documentary) take part in the Echo of the Unicorns festival. This festival is held in Russia in partnership with the KARO-Art cinema chain and/or other theatrical release companies obtaining necessary permissions from the right holders and the distributors. The festival runs in the period between two RWF festivals, but no later than September-October.

6. To participate in the RFW and the nominations GUA nominations film producers should submit feature-length and short, documentary and animated films produced / released in the last for 18 prior to the start of RFW; submitted films should be provided in electronic form or Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format no later than April of the relevant year. All films must have English subtitles.

7. Submissions should be made through the RFW and the GUA webpages. Films sent after the deadline will not be considered.

8. The Selection Commission makes the final decision on the inclusion of the film in the RFW programme and the GUA nominations and reserves the right not to comment on its decisions.

9. If the decision on the inclusion of the film in the RFW programme and the GUA nominations is made and the applicant receives an invitation, they must confirm their participation and send information and promotional materials, including a short description and the recommended age limits; they need to confirm their right for distribution or indicate the distribution rights holder; materials for the film catalogue are sent in electronic format, including the director and actors photos, stills, trailers, posters in high resolution — are also submitted electronically. Film copies, submitted for public viewing should not contain any promotional materials or advertisements that are not an integral part of the original script.

10. Copies of the films selected to take part in the RFW must be submitted to the Organizing Committee by September of the relevant year in DCP format. Delivery to the UK is agreed upon separately with each individual distribution rights holder.

11. RFW selection process:

Feature films (up to 30) are selected by a majority voting system solely by the nomination committee members, who all vote on each film.

Up to 7 feature films are selected at the discretion of the management of the festival. These are often important films, blockbusters or other films that are deemed important to screen.

Up to 3 feature films are provided as partner films from RFW partner organisations.It could be studios, sponsors and other festivals.

Documentaries are selected by two RFW curators

Short films are selected by two RFW curators

Special film events (foreign, animation, experimental, theatre, retrospectives):

If the administration deems feasible to organise a special film event, it can at its own discretion select films and put on such events during the RFW.

GUA selection process:

The GUA nominations are independent of the screening at RFW but selected by the same nomination committee by a majority vote. All films that have been selected for the RFW have the chance to be considered, as well as films that want to participate only in the Awards and not in the RFW. The RFW partner films, special event films and administration selected films need to be viewed and voted upon by the nomination committee alongside all other films to produce a short list/nomination list, that is then passed onto the jury for evaluation and winner determination.

12. Films selected for the GUA nominations are submitted subsequently for deliberation to an international jury consisting of renowned filmmakers, film scholars and critics. The jury should consist of at least five (5) people.

The jury shall not include persons involved in the production or commercial distribution of films submitted for deliberation. All members of the jury shall refrain from making public statements about the films submitted for deliberation until the official awards ceremony, which is held on the last weekend before the RFW closing day.

13. The Organizing Committee makes the decision on the RFW guests and participants invitation, the terms and conditions of their stay and accreditation and reserves the right to invite guests, irrespective of their direct involvement in the creation of participating films.

14. Journalists, covering the RFW and the GUA ceremony should fill in an accreditation form on the RFW website. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to refuse the media representatives accreditation or withdraw accreditation without explanation.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to be invite individual members of the media to cover the events at its own expense or with partial payment of expenses.

Accredited media representatives, regardless of who pays for their arrival and accommodation, commit to attend all press conferences and to inform the Organizing Committee beforehand which film shows or other activities they choose to attend.

15. Participants, guests and media representatives accreditation takes places and passes are issued at the following address: the RFW counter at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, Marylebone, London W1B 2U, United Kingdom (information is published annually on the RFW website: russianfilmweek.org).

16. The winners in all GUA nominations will be awarded prizes — the «Golden Unicorn» statuettes and diplomas.

The Golden Unicorn Awards are established in the following nominations:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Foreign Film On a Russian Theme
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Short
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Animated Film

Special awards:

  • Audience Choice (determined by the viewers through an online vote on the RFW website)
  • Best Emerging Talent
  • Best Contribution to Promoting Russian Culture Abroad

17. Participation in the RFW events implies acceptance of all the RFW and GUA Rules and Regulations.

18. The RFW Organizing Committee address:

Russian Film Week, Perkon Productions, 61 Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7 5RF, United Kingdom.

Email: info@russianfilmweek.org.

Web: russianfilmweek.org.