Film, Art and Culture - Norms, Policy and Design

About Kino Klassika

Kino Klassika creates programs of restorations, publications, art commissions and events to spotlight Russian language cinema – a tradition that remains largely invisible to audiences outside of Russia.

We build rewarding partnerships between arts institutions, sponsors and artists to identify shared values and opportunities.

We use film and film materials as the lens through which to examine the development of artistic and cultural norms and socio-political policy and design.

Our Story

Our mission is to spotlight the legacy of Russian film, the remarkable stories behind their creation and the invisibility of those narratives outside of Russia.

We see these challenges as not only the barrier of language. They are a lightning rod for a host of differing cultural, political and normative pressures shaping the traditions of filmmaking and art production in both Eastern and Western Europe.

2019 sees us continuing to develop our major program, Klassiki. This is an ongoing commitment to raising funds for and supporting the restoration and (re) distribution of classic films from Russia, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.  We have completed three major programs so far, YOUTH ON THE MARCH,  A WORLD TO WIN and the EISENSTEIN PROGRAM. The letter concluded with a gala screening oа  Eisenstein’s October at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra on October 26th, 2017. 

Against a conflicted backdrop between the UK and Russia, we have been able to foster strong and long term collaborations with leading UK and Russian institutions. These include the Bakhrushin Museum Moscow, the Barbican Centre London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris,  the Courtauld Institute, the London Symphony Orchestra, Pace London, RGALI (the State Archive of Literature) Moscow, Seanse Magazine St Petersburg, the St Petersburg Cultural Forum and Thames & Hudson publishers.

None of this is possible without the generosity of our donors and audience members. It is their curiosity and passion which ensures that each screening and each event travels out to and becomes accessible to a greater and greater audience.

Our Values

1Preserving and restoring film materials makes them accessible not just to us but to future generations of audiences and artists

2We champion curatorial and research excellence to build bridges of understanding.

3Film re-animates digital and vice versa – we don’t believe film is dead. We believe film and digital coexist as complimentary experiences, stimulating particular modes of creating, digesting and discussing visual experience.

4We are an open forum and we aim to be transparent in our biases – offering up a self-reflective space where practitioners can come together to examine, watch, dispute and discuss films and the normative practices around them to encourage greater understanding between East and West.

5Unswerving editorial independence – we select contributors and projects purely on their artistic and intellectual value. We flag any sponsorship or promotions in all our programmes.

6We support engagement with film from all the territories that make up a part of the former Soviet Union, using the term Russian language as opposed to Soviet to include pre-Revolutionary films and filmmaking.

7Commissioning artists to respond to, challenge and create new work based on the Russian tradition of film enriches all film traditions because education empowers creation.

Organisational Structure of the Foundation

Kino Klassika Foundation is an UK registered charity. Our charity number is 1150791. Kino Klassika’s trustees, Professor Ian Christie, Daniel Jowell QC, Roger Munnings CBE and Justine Waddell are ultimately responsible for the governance of the organisation, which is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.


Prof Ian Christie

Prof Ian Christie

Ian Christie is Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the co-curator of our exhibition at GRAD Unexpected Eisenstein. He co-curated Eisenstein: His Life and Art (Oxford Museum of Modern Art/Hayward Gallery, 1988). Ian also co-edited Eisenstein Rediscovered (1993) and The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents, 1896-1939 (1988). He is the author of monographs on Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger and Martin Scorsese. 

Daniel Jowell

Daniel Jowell

Daniel Jowell is a leading Queen’s Counsel with particular experience in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes and competition law. Daniel’s interest to support Kino Klassika stems from his great interest in cinema and Russian culture.

Roger Munnings

Roger Munnings

Roger Munnings is currently chair of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the boards of PJSC Lukoil and JSC Sistema. Roger was Chairman of KPMG Moscow from 2004 – 2008.

Justine Waddell

Justine Waddell

Justine Waddell is the founder of Kino Klassika.  An acclaimed film and stage actress, Justine played the lead in Vladimir Sorokin and Alexander Zeldovich’s sci-fi version of Anna Karenina, Target, for which she learnt the Russian language from scratch.  


Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes is an Academy Award nominated actor and film director with a deep interest in Russian theatre and film playing the title role in the film version of Eugene Onegin and the Russian language version of Turgenev’s Two Women.


Team Members

All our team can be contacted via email using a first name followed by @kinoklassikafoundation.org or at the postal address in the footer.

Zoryana Mischiy, Strategy & Fundraising Manager
Zoryana is a graduate from the University College London with Master’s Degree in Russian and East European Literature and Culture. Her interest lies in Soviet culture and in particular the use of film as a propaganda tool during Stalinism.

Tatiana Isaeva, Content Manager
Tatiana completed her masters in exhibitions and museum practice at the University of Westminster. At the moment she is doing her PhD at the  University of Greenwich on the topic of curating internet art in a physical space.  As a Moscow native, she has a natural interest in how Russian culture communicates itself in the United Kingdom.

Joseph Andreyev, Social Media Manager 
Joseph is a recent graduate of the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at UCL where he studied Russian and Italian. He always had a real enthusiasm for film and Kino Klassika has really helped him to expand and refine his cinematic horizons. He manages the Kino Klassika social media pages and he is currently really enjoying researching and working on the Caucasian cinema projects.”



Our Mid Term Goals

Kino Klassika builds partnerships with experts in different fields to create platforms and programs that use classic Russian film material as the lens through which to examine praxis in film, art, culture and socio-political design.

Each programme rotates out of an initial idea or opportunity that we generate or an expert or institution brings to us. From that, we develop content, research and artistic commissions while listening to both curators and audiences to build programs with international reach.

Youth on the March! Rise of the Soviet New Wave

Youth!, a film season in collaboration with Regent Street Cinema showcases 9 exhilarating films of the Soviet New Wave.

Youth! is about the artists who predicted, lived through and survived the collapse of the Soviet Union. Most of the films will be shown for the first time in the UK, certainly for the first time on original formats. The season will be curated by Konstantin Shavlovsky, Film Editor of Russia’s leading newspaper Weekend Kommersant. Introductions, Q&As, and programme notes from famous filmmakers, directors, writers, and journalists will provide context about the films and their legacy.

Kino Klassiki

Kino Klassika partners with restoration producer Daniel Bird and archives in Russia and the Caucasus to produce a series of restorations of classic films from the region. 

Kino Klassika undertakes its first restoration project in partnership with Fixafilm studios Poland and Daniel Bird to restore Parajanov’s documentary film Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967). A distinguished member of the artistic dynasty of Hovnatanyan portrait painters, Hakob was called the Raphael of Tiflis, and as the founder of modern Armenian painting he was a master of portraiture and miniatures. In his short documentary film about the artist, Parajanov brings to dazzling life the artistic culture of Tbilisi in the 19th century.

This is then followed by the restoration of another great Sergei Parajanov short film, Arabesques on a theme by Pirosmani, which will be premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2019. 

Nevaland: St Petersburg on Film

2018 marks the centenary of the first ever Soviet film, Compression [Uplotnenie], produced in Petrograd in the first months of the new country’s existence. A movie about the upheavals of city life as the ‘former people’ of the old social elite were forced to share their homes with often unwelcome tenants from the city’s working class, Compression was also the first imaginative representation of the ‘city on the Neva’ in Soviet film. The exhibition, to be held during the St Petersburg Cultural Forum in November 2018, is intended to introduce a Russian and international public to the remarkable and largely forgotten tradition of films made in and about what Joseph Brodsky called ‘the renamed city’.

Nevaland will be curated by renowned cultural and film historian, Professor Catriona Kelly of Oxford University.


Kino Klassika projects are executed through a network of collaborative partnerships we build between international partners.

Curators and Collaborators

Curatorially, our strategy is always to work with leading experts in each programme field. We find accessible points of entry into a particular theme or area of study. We utilise the strong network of academic and archival excellence we are able to access in Europe, Russia and the former CIS.

Understanding Audience

We build our audience primarily through the events we host but also through targeted social media campaigns and partnerships. Our English speaking audience member usually holds an education in the humanities and has an occupation or hobbies which relate to film, culture, art or storytelling. Our Russian speaking audience member usually lives outside of Russia and is interested to sustain an interest in Russian history, cultural values and identity.

Funding Networks

Through the different partnerships we develop, Kino Klassika provides valuable opportunities for funding bodies, corporate sponsors and individual donors to support programs that encourage cultural understanding. This exchange tradition is under threat – and we believe creates unique opportunities to harness the transformative power of cultural understanding.

How do we work

Kino Klassika programmes emerge from strategies that help us identify an area of research we want to draw attention to, the kind of programme we want to accomplish and how we can have the greatest impact.

We negotiate between the different agendas of advisors, participants and audiences to create programmes that deliver new, relevant research with clear and accessible narratives to stimulate the curiosity of new and returning audiences.

There are three key phases to defining our major goals and identifying a clear path to achieving them:

Research and development
Impact evaluation

Research and Development

We may start with what seems a promising theme or an expert or curator may approach us with an idea.

As we assess that in terms of its historical interest, current relevance to audiences, curatorial and programming opportunities, we make decisions about whether that idea is an event (this could be an educational talk, a screening, a film commission), a project (an entire exhibition, a symposium, a series of screenings) or a programme (usually this means Kino Klassika will devote two or three years of academic research, development and programme planning to an ambitious range of events).

Simultaneously we research and engage with potential partners: content, legal, curatorial and hosting while making initial assessments about project risk, delivery and funding.


We reach terms of agreement with key partners and draft budgets. Then we start to fundraise for each project through our network of funding bodies, grant makers, corporate and individual donors.

Simultaneously, we work with curators to provide expertise in everything from exhibition content and signage to catalogue preparation, screening notes and event planning.

We tend to work with curators who already have significant experience in a proposed area (for example Prof Ian Christie, curating the Unexpected Eisenstein exhibition). This offsets risks around programme delivery.

We also strive to find accessible and contemporary points of entry to any event or programme. For example, we asked Gabriel Prokofiev, noted contemporary composer and grandson of the composer, Sergei Prokofiev, to introduce a 35mm screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky, which boasts Sergei Prokofiev’s first ground-breaking film score.

Impact Evaluation

As each program opens to the public we invite our audience to let us know their feedback: what works and doesn’t work, what they like and don’t like, what inspires and what defeats. This can be email, chat, social media feedback. Or it can simply be a rapt audience member at a packed out screening.

As importantly we host post event feedback meetings with our partners – to see what learnings we should take forward in building future collaborations. This is where we really see how successful we have been in juggling the difficulty of curatorial expertise, audience expectation and partner satisfaction (the latter judged by audience figures, press coverage and visibility of the proposed events).

We have already met with inspirational benefactors, including anonymous individual patrons, Fabergé fine jewellery, Moet Hennessy and Lombard Odier, all of whom are generously committed to spotlighting the legacy of Russian language film.

Evaluation of Projects and KKF’s Expertise

We evaluate the success of each project against our values and ambitions. We recognise our responsibility to our partners to fulfil any terms agreed in headline partnership agreements.

We are sensitive to conflicts of interest and world view and we consult with independent experts to evaluate and mitigate risks around this.

We strive to work with people who excel in their particular fields – be they artists, filmmakers, domain experts, philosophers, scholars and cultural organisations . By supporting their ambitions and expertise, we can improve our own.

Partnership Types

We work in partnership with leading experts and world class institutions to create engaging programming, generate research and fund innovative projects. Our goal is to achieve powerful engagement with classic Russian film.

We have developed a distinctive personal network spanning business, the arts and cultural worlds. This allows us to enable meaningful connections at the highest levels to support what we do. We work with leading brands to identify shared values and opportunities. Our goal is to support the expertise of arts organisations, content owners and leading curators and experts.

Our PARTNERSHIP ECOSYSTEM consists of: film and culture research, artistic and creative practice, brand positioning, network development, programme development, education and outreach, archives and collections.

Cultural Geography and Outreach

We develop projects with international scope with international partners. We are currently developing projects with both the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the cinema section of the Cultural Forum in St Petersburg.  

If you are interested in finding out more about our partnerships, please contact us at [email protected]


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Our postal address is:
Kino Klassika Foundation
12 – 48 Southampton Row

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