Russian Film Week 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, the British Council and the BFI. RFW is aimed to promote Russian film to international audiences, stimulate European-Russian film production collaboration and build cultural links between Russia and the UK.
The festival screens both Russian and co-produced feature films, shorts, documentary and animated films. Apart from film screenings the programme includes a number of satellite events, such as: Industry Forum, master-classes and workshops by award-winning filmmakers, talks, round table discussions, exhibitions and other business and entertainment events for filmmakers, distributors and audiences from both Russia and Europe.
The festival culminates in the Golden Unicorn Awards ceremony designed to recognise excellence in 12 nominations, including the Best Foreign Film About Russia. The awards ceremony is held in the format of a Charity Gala in support of a chosen charity - in 2016 this was the Podari Zhizn/Gift of Life UK foundation; in 2017 the WWF Save the Amur Tiger Project; in 2018 The Naked Heart Foundation .
- Facilitate European – Russian collaboration in the realm of film.
- Promote Russian film to an international audience.
- Empower international production companies to produce and set films in Russia.
- Encourage distribution of Russian film in Europe.
- Provide access for independent international films to be screened in Russia.
- Highlight technological advancement in film.
- Stimulate international film-makers to produce Russia-themed titles.
We want as many people as possible, who live not only in Russia, but also in other countries of the world, to see films by Russian directors.
Events such as the Russian Film Week, contribute to strengthening mutual understanding and friendship between peoples, to overcoming social barriers and prejudices.
Synergy University does a lot to support Russian culture abroad. We are happy to give the people of Britain the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the best works of Russian cinematographers within the framework of the Week.
Special Event Curator - Casting Forum
Special Event Curator - VR
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Our patron board, jury and organising committee consists of enthusiastic non—remunerated (volunteer) individuals that dedicate their time and energy to accomplish our vision to build cross cultural bridges in the realm of film and culture.Contact us