Andrew Jack has been a journalist at the Financial Times since 1990,
including as Moscow correspondent and then bureau chief in 1998-2004.
He was chairman of Pushkin House, an independent Russian cultural centre,
during 2010-2016, and is the founding chair of its annual Russian non-fiction book prize.
He is a member of the advisory panel of the Global Health Film Festival and a juror of the Artraker biennal award for conflict art.
He is the author of books including "Inside Putin's Russia".
David is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Musicology at
the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published books
on Soviet and Post-Soviet animation, the “sad comedies” of Eldar Ryazanov,
and contemporary Russian television. MacFadyen runs a portal dedicated
to new videos and music from Eastern Europe, “Far from Moscow”.
Elliot Grove is a Canadian-born film producer who founded both the Raindance Film Festival in 1993 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. Elliot has produced over 150 short films and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts. In 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America.
Valeri Jerlitsyn is an art collector, art investor and expert.
Author of publications on the subjects of art and music, as well
as several books on art. Organised and took part in exhibitions,
The Russian Avantgarde and The Russian Realism, amongst many others.
Organises Russia-related cultural events in the UK.
British film actress, best known for her role in the 2006 film,
‘The Fall’, and the 2005 film, ‘Chaos’, as well as being Estella in 1999’s BBC
adaptation of Great Expectations. She is also a screenwriter and the founder
and director of Kino Klassika, a charity that educates audiences about
classic Russian-language cinema. Patron of the UK branch of Russian charity, Gift of Life.
Cultural historian and BBC broadcaster Alexander Kan has worked as
a journalist and music critic in London since 1996.
He has been involved with Russian underground music since the 1970’s,
in particular the jazz and avant-garde scenes.
Dina Korzun is a Russian actress living in London.
Dina became debuted in Valery Todorovsky’s ‘Country of the Deaf’ (1998).
In 2009, Dina was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
for the movie Cold Souls. In 2016 Dina starred in BBC hit production Peaky Blinders Season 3 as Grand Duchess Izabella.
Associate Professor of Film and Digital Culture at the University of Leeds.
Published books on contemporary Russian film, media and culture.
Editor of the Digital Icons journal on Russian and Eurasian media and culture www.digitalicons.org
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh is Film Editor at Metro,
the free newspaper with a national daily readership of 3.5million.
She is also a regular broadcast contributor on Sky News and BBC Radio
4 and co-authored The Rough Guide To Cult Movies.