OVERLINE – Best Feature Film by Vadim Dubrovitsky
Special Mention by CELL CINEMA Competition Jury – Grandma’s Tales, director Sati Balagova.
Best Documentary Award– Tears & Dreams, director Lia Beltrami Giovanazzi.
Special Documentary Jury Mention– Forbidden Children, director Evdokia Moskvina
Special Documentary Jury Diploma – A Shroud of Incense, director Sasha Kretsan
Best Full Feature Film – Overline, director and producer Vadim Dubrovitsky
Posthumous Award – Brian Dennehy for his role in Driveways and Ruslan Firov for his role in Cherkess
Best Screenplay – Love You Forever, director Tingting Yao
Best Actress and Best Music – Palindrome, director Marcus Flemmings
Best Actor – Brian Dennehy in Driveways (Produced by Maven Screen Media and Symbolic Exchange in association with Studio Mao), director Andrew Ahn
Best Set Design – Siege Diary, director Andrey Zaytsev
Best Director – Faraway Land, director Erkan Yazici.
Vera Glagoleva SIFFA Award, the Best Debut – Mariam, director Sharipa Urazbayeva.
Special Main Jury Prize and Best Cinematography Award – Beautiful in the Morning, director Flavia Casà.
Best Short Film – Mommy’s Calf, director Victoria Runtsova.
IRIDA President’s Award-Russian-British Sochi International Film Festival and Awards, President Luba Balagova-Kandour – A Siege Diary for the best depiction of the strength of the human spirit and the bravery of the Soviet people in overcoming the humankind most horrific tragedy of the XXth century.
Special Main Jury Prize – Gando, director Teymour Ghaderi.
Media Diploma – The Story of a Painting, director Ruslan Magomayev.
IRIDA golden statuette for an outstanding contribution to the development of cinema – actress Larisa Luzhina.
Several concerts took place at the festival, including the Sochi Symphony Orchestra performance under the direction of Oleg Soldatov and with participation of Russia’s leading musicians Valery Vorona, Mikhail Utkin and Sergey Radchenko. In addition, the audience was treated to screenings accompanied by live music, masterclasses, talks and music evenings involving Russian Souvenir Folk Instrument Orchestra, actor Peter Ferris, producer Anastassia Razlogova, Larisa Luzhina, Katya Semenova, Luba Balagova.
The film festival featured film screenings, a talk by actress Larisa Luzhina, a round table on the theme of “International Folk Culture Heritage as the Instrument of Cultural Advancement”, a talk by Luba Balagova, masterclass by Peter Ferris titled “Learning During the Pandemic: Music, Directing, Acting and the Audience”, and a talk by singer Katya Semenova.
Well-known directors, producers and actors also made presentations at the festival, among them television producer and director Mohy Quandour, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Vladimir Khotinenko, actress Dee Anderson, actress Roseita Royce, actor Peter Ferris, film producer Anastassia Razlogova, film producer Stephen Mao, People’s Artist of South Ossetia Oksana Stashenko, producer Natalia Ivanova, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Valery Vorona, Documentary Film Competition Jury president Tatiana Yakovleva, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Vladimir Shevelkov and many others.
The festival is held thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Russian Culture Fund, the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom the Ministry of Culture of Krasnodar Krai, the Administration of the City of Sochi, Rossotrudnichestvo UK, Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & SPA Sochi, Sindika Film Productions Co., the Antropov Fund, as well as renowned filmmakers and cultural figures.