RFW Opening night:

Tuesday, 29th November
7 - 10pm
Almanac “World War One” and Q&A with producer Igor Ugolnikov
Venue: Trinity Hall Lecture Theatre, Trinity Lane, Cambridge , CB2 1TJ
(Same programme at Rossotrudnichestvo on Monday, 28th November, invitation only)
World War I” is a result of cooperation between filmmakers from the USA, Serbia, Germany, Turkey, England, Canada, Russia and France. At the time of WWI some of these countries were allies, the others were enemies. Each author discloses his own perception of the World War I facts, but all of them agree, that the war doesn’t spare anybody. Neither children nor women, old or young, humans or animals . The unique feature of this Almanac is the interconnection between all the novels through the common story line.
Main story line in Russian, all novellas in original languages. English subtitles.
Wednesday 30th November
5:30 pm
Press conference
Venue: Regent Street Cinema
Address: 309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW
6:30 pm Arrivals and Champagne Reception
Red carpet reception
Venue: Regent Street Cinema
Address: 309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW
7:00 pm
Opening ceremony sponsored by Synergy University in the presence of the Heritage of Love film star and Eurovision Song Contest winner Dima Bilan.
7 - 10pm
Батальонъ (Batalion) UCL Russian Society screening and Q&A
Venue: IOE (20 Bedford Way) - Clarke Hall (305)
9:00 pm – 1.00 am
Synergy After Party (by invitation and reservation only)
Maddox Club
3-5 Mill St, London W1S 2AU
With RFW premiere star Dima Bilan guest appearance.
Champagne and Caviar Reception “Party Russian style!”
Thursday, 1st December
3:00 pm
Co-Production Day
Venue: Rossotrudnichestvo
Address: 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London.

A round table discussion and networking event designed for the film industry specialists: directors, producers and distributors from Russia and Britain.

Attending: well-known film directors and producers coming to the RFW and the Golden Unicorn Awards Ceremony, including Eduard Pichugin, is the Lenfilm Studios General Director, Johnny O’Reilly (Moscow Never Sleeps), Sergei Snezhkin (The Contribution), Ksenia Baskakova (Ptitsa), Oksana Karas (The Good Boy), Ilya Uchitel (Big Village Lights), Yuri Vasiliev (The Heritage of Love), Sergei Livnev (director, producer), Elliot Grove (Raindance Film Festival founder), Oleg Assadulin (Green Carriage) and many others.

Speakers: industry specialists; lawyers; representatives of financial institutions; private fund managers.

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 film-makers to produce Russia-themed titles or films based in Russia.

Russian-style refreshments and drinks provided.
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Russian Film, British Posters Exhibition by Perkon Productions
Venue: The Exhibitionist Hotel
Address: 8-10 Queensberry Place, SW7 2EA

Filip Perkon, the General Producer of the Russian Film Week festival is inviting fans of film, art and culture to a preview of his unique collection of posters of Russian films that have screened in the UK over the last few decades. The event will take place the stylish boutique Exhibitionist hotel in South Kensington and will be accompanied by a drinks reception and a talk by the collector. Many of the directors, producers and actors attending the festival will descend to South Kensington to attend this friendly poster exhbition.
Friday, 2nd December
6.30pm
Evening with Renata Litvinova
Venue: Pushkin House
Address: 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Screening followed by a talk on a new project: “Petersburg. A Selfie”:
  • Joseph’s Dreams (15+)
  • Russia, 2016
  • Director: Renata Litvinova
  • Cast: Renata Litvinova, Maksim Vitorgan, Yana Sekste.
  • Genre: Short, Comedy, Drama
  • English subtitles
Renata Litvinova is a well-known Russian actress, director and screenwriter. She was discovered by fellow director Kira Muratova, who cast Renata in one of her films and allowed her to write a part for herself. Renata gained popularity after transitioning from screenwriter to actress, starring in all of the films she scripted. Litvinova became acclaimed in the 2000s when she was nominated for several awards for her roles in “Sky. Plane. Girl”, “The Tuner” and “I’m Not Hurt”. In 2000 she made her directorial debut.
Refreshments provided by Vatrushka Café.
19:00pm
Rodin, the screen ballet by Boris Eifman
Venue: Rossotrudnichestvo
Address: 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London

The film version of the famous ballet by Boris Eifman was shot in August 2012, in Saint Petersburg. The choreographer became the film director. The director of photography was Daniele Nannuzzi, the president of the Association of Italian Cinematographers, famous for his collaboration with Franco Zeffirelli and Sergei Bondarchuk. Note that for the experienced Italian cinematographer, who has over 60 works to his credit, Rodin is not his first-time collaboration with St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet. In 2010, Mr. Nannuzzi took part in the creation of film versions of the ballets, Anna Karenina and Eugene Onegin.

‘By bringing our repertoire onto the screen, we are pursuing a number of important goals. First of all, saving the performances of St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet for the future generations. Many of our ballets are gone after their life on stage just because there are no good full-screen versions of them. Besides, we would like to make the art of our theatre available to the part of the audience that for some reason cannot attend our performances,’ Boris Eifman says.

Rodin premiered in 2011. The production was a great success at the best theatre venues of New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Moscow and many other cities. The ballet won the Golden Mask and the Golden Soffit Awards.
Saturday, 3rd December
10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday Film School with Elliot Grove, Raindance Film Festival founder.
Venue: King’s College London
Address: Strand, Nr Waterloo Bridge, London, WC2R 2LS
Cost: £119
This information-packed day will give you the tools you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director, producer or filmmaker. Divided into 4 parts, this course starts at the very beginning with Writing the Screenplay  before explaining the processes, tools and jobs of actually  Making the Movie for whatever budget you can achieve.
The veteran screen and stage director Patrick Tucker  will uncover some of the secrets behind framing and directing actors and Raindance founder Elliot Grove will explain how to Break Into the Film Industry, touching on CVs, pitching, negotiating and personal branding.
4.00pm
Evening with Alexey Uchitel
Venue: Pushkin House
Address: 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
How to work with foreign actors (excerpts from his latest film Matilda)
A Russian MP has asked prosecutors to investigate whether a film about Tsar Nicholas II and his lover, a famous ballerina, is an "anti-Russian and anti-religious provocation". The film is in post-production, no one has been able to see it yet, but the controversy is already brewing. Alexey Uchitel will give a talk on his experience of working with international film stars on this production.
Alexey Uchitel is a renowned Russian film director. His 2005 film “Dreaming of Space” won the Golden George Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. In 2006 he was a member of the jury at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival. His film “Break Loose” was selected to be screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. His film “The Edge” was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.  
7:30pm Arrivals for Champagne and Caviar Reception
8:00pm Awards Ceremony followed by Entertainment Programme
12:00pm Carriages.
Golden Unicorn Awards and Gift of Life UK Charity Gala (by invitation and reservation only)
Venue: Langham Ballroom
Address: 1C Portland Pl, Regent St, Marylebone, London W1B 1JA
The culmination of the Russian Film Week: the awards ceremony sponsored by Len Blavatnik Family Foundation at the fundraising event for the Gift of Life UK, sister organization of the Podari Zhizn Charity, founded by two actresses Chulpan Khamatova in Russia and Dina Korzun in the UK.
Golden Unicorn Awards Ceremony for films in 10 different categories, made in Russia, set in Russia or telling about Russia. Champagne and Caviar Reception, fine dining, live music and entertainment at this chic Victorian hotel hosting distinguished guests since 1865.
Sunday, 4th December
4.00 pm
Evening with Anna Melikyan
Venue: Pushkin House
Address: 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Screening of Anna's short film 8(RFW Shorts Programme) and two more followed by a talk on how to make short films.
With Q&As.
Anna Melikyan is a film and TV director/producer whose work has been recognised by critics and several awards. After her debut at the Sundance Film Festival she was listed in the TOP10 of the most promising film directors by Variety magazine. She has received grants form Goskino, the Russian film funding organisation, made various documentaries, shorts and TV films. In 2008 Melikyan's “Mermaid” (2007) received the Berlin International Film Festival Prize.
Refreshments provided by Vatrushka Cafe