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 Found.
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