What is Klassiki?

Klassiki (Russian for ‘classics’) is the first ever streaming platform dedicated exclusively to cinema from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

And we hope to become your new home for Russian cinema online.

Klassiki is part of the Kino Klassika Foundation. The Kino Klassika Foundation is the only independent organisation in the world dedicated to cinema from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Creating programs of restorations, publications, art commissions and events which spotlight filmmakers from the region, Kino Klassika exists to create memorable experiences for UK audiences and to advance the cultural demand for cinema from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

When the coronavirus pandemic closed cinemas all over the world in 2020, the Kino Klassika were forced to rethink an upcoming year of in-cinema events and seasons.

“We took a chance, and started a weekly online film season, free to audiences in the UK,” explains Justine Waddell, founder of Kino Klassika and Klassiki. “We bet on the idea that our rare, hard to find and beautifully made films from Russia and beyond, would still be in demand with audiences during lockdown and perhaps we might even find some brand-new audiences along the way.”

Kino Klassika soon found they were overwhelmed with new audiences with an appetite for Russian film, with hundreds tuning in each week to watch everything from Russian comedy to Armenian drama.

And so, the idea for Klassiki, the first-ever video-on-demand platform dedicated to classic films from Russia and beyond was born.

From 4 February – 4 April 2021, thanks to an Audience Award from the British Film Institute we’re thrilled that Klassiki is entirely free of charge for you to stream. Meaning you can explore:

Our entire library of classic films, over 60 films and growing
Our weekly “Pick of the Week” films, new or recently released features that you can’t see anywhere else in the UK
Complementary content, including director Q&As, contextualising essays, articles and programme notes

Plus, we guarantee no adverts interrupting your experience.

After 4 April 2021, you can decide to keep a free membership – which will allow you to watch a limited number of films from our library. Or you can subscribe for £5.99 per month, which gives you complete, unlimited access to everything on Klassiki, at any time.

Read our FAQs to find out more about membership options

To become a member, visit our Membership page and start exploring a whole new world of cinema from your home.