Russian Film Week Announces Satellite Events


The programers of Russian Film Week have partnered with Russian Culture House (Rossotrudnichestvo), Waterstones and Pushkin House to organise some fantastic satellite events on top of the jam-packed film festival program.

The full program of RFW events is now available.
20th November: Day 2 / Monday

Music in Film
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 18.30

A tribute to renowned Soviet director Mikhail Kalik (1927-2017), a great lost name of the 60’s Soviet cinema, and his films with music by the internationally acclaimed composer Mikael Tariverdiev. We will be showing two short documentaries about Kalik and Tariverdiev respectively and the rare stylish film “To Love” (1968). Presented by London composer and The Real Tuesday Weld frontman Stephen Coates and film scholar and the Golden Unicorn Awards Jury member Olga Sherwood.
22nd November: Day 4 / Wednesday

RFW FemFest
Waterstones Piccadilly, LG, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LE, 14.00 – 16.00

RFW FemFest is a series of events dedicated to women in the film industry, held at different venues across London.

Short film screening and presentation on the making of a documentary about women in the Russian Revolution and Soviet history: Tractor Drivers and Tiger Tamers, Politicians and Cosmonauts (32 min), director and screenwriter Dolya Gavanski, UK, 2017.

Followed by:

Women in Film ( panel discussion on the subject: Gender equality and diversity do not come by themselves. Guests include film directors, producers, actresses and successful women from both Russia and the UK, who will present their films and projects.

Anna MacDonald (London Film Academy, founder)
Anna Dudina (BFI Development Events Manager)
Ekaterina Kononenko (The First, producer)
Alyona Babenko (Like a Butterfly, producer)
Nigina Sayfullaeva (About Love 2, director)
Lidia Sheinin (Harmony, director)
Katrin Rothe (1917: The Real October, writer, director)

Refreshments will be offered.

There will also be screenings as part of the RFW FemFest, see:
Master-class by film director and writer Andrey Zvyagintsev: 
The secrets of directing (based on the film Elena)

Picture House Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH 15:00-17:00

Zvyagintsev’s name is quite well known in Britain, first for his 2003 film The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Following The Return, Zvyagintsev directed The Banishment and Elena. His film Leviathan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014. His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The Film Loveless is screened by RFW on 21st November at 20:30 at Curzon Soho.

Master-class supported by Cultural Solidarity Media
RFW Documentary Programme: RFW FemFest – Women in Film 

Pushkin House (5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA) 18.30

Screenings of Harmony (59 min, 2017) followed by Q&A with director, writer and producer Lidia Sheinin, and Teriberka (41 min, 2017).
23rd November: Day 5 / Thursday

RFW Industry Day 

Russian Culture House (Rossotrudnichestvo), 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED 12.00-18.00

A networking event for film industry professionals (

RFW brings over film directors, producers and actors to represent the films screened during the festival and invites producers, distributors, casting agents, screenwriting experts, investors, lawyers and other professionals specializing in the filmmaking business from Britain and other countries of the world.

1. Filming opportunities in Russia and in the UK
2. Independent films distribution
3. Film financing (Private, Government, Tax Rebate)

Industry Day Programme:

12.00 – 12.30 registration followed by
Tribute to the late Russian film director Vera Glagoleva (by David Kelly)
12.30 – 14.30 Presentations on the latest film innovations, including VR, the Baikal 3D project and contemporary filming opportunities in Russia/UK
14.30 –15.00 Short break, refreshments served
15.00 – 17.00 Presentations continued, pitching
17.00 – 18.00 Networking and VR demonstrations.

Drinks offered.
RFW Documentary Programme: Revolution Centenary

Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 18.30

Screenings of The Train from Zurich to the Revolution (27 min, 2017) and 1917. The Real October (90 min, 2017) followed by a Q&A with the directors and producers of both films.
25th November: Day 7 / Saturday

Pushkin House (5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 15.00

Masterclass by film director, writer, producer Valery Todorovsky: Why are TV series more popular today than feature films?

Todorovsky made a name for himself with the crime melodrama set in Moscow The Country of the Deaf. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival. His 2008 musical film Hipsters won the Golden Eagle Award and Nika Award for Best Film. Of his earlier films, The Hearse won the Grand Prix at Mannheim (1990) and Love received Ecumenical Prize at Cannes (1992). His film Bolshoi is screened at the RFW-17 on 24th November.


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