UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


100 VGIK @ UCL SSEES Library: the UK Celebration of the world’s oldest film school

11 December 2019–31 January 2020, 4:00 pm–4:00 pm


For a century, the Sergei Gerasimov All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) - the oldest film school - has developed some of the world’s top creative talent in the history of film education, of cinema and of the moving image. We are honoured to work in partnership with VGIK in celebrating its 100 years in the UK.

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Vladimir Alexander Smith-Mesa


16 Taviton Street

A large amount of our current cinematic knowledge and skills is associated with the VGIK experience. The history of film education and cinema aligns itself closely with the concept of experiment developed at VGIK, a unique, pioneering film institute. When founded in 1919 by the film director Vladimir Gardin, it was named the State Film School. Since 1986, the school has been named after the film director and actor Sergei Gerasimov.

The display consists of UCL SSEES library's resources, books and audio-visual materials (from the excellent Bain-Graffy film collection) regarding VGIK, its founders, prominent filmmakers-lecturers and alumni. Film directors who have taught at the institute include Lev Kuleshov, Marlen Khutsiev, Aleksey Batalov, Sergei Eisenstein, Mikhail Romm, Alexander Dovzhenko and Vsevolod Pudovkin… alumni include Sergei Bondarchuk, Tengiz Abuladze, Larisa Shepitko, Elem Klimov, Vytautas Žalakevičius, Mark Soosaar, Kira Muratova, Juris Podnieks, Sergei Parajanov, Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky…

For our exhibition, all still-images, photos and copies of original documents have been provided by VGIK. The exhibition ‘100 VGIK @ UCL SSEES Library: the UK Celebration of the World’s Oldest Film School’, curated by Vladimir Alexander Smith-Mesa (UCL SSEES Library) and Sergei Kapterev (VGIK), is hosted by UCL SSEES Library in collaboration with UCL SSEES and the Sergei Gerasimov All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).


Please note: 
The exhibition display will be located on the Ground Floor of UCL SSEES Library. 
Non-members of the Library are welcome to visit between 16:00 and 19:00 on Wednesday 11th December. 
Access thereafter will be by arrangement only. Please contact ssees-library@ucl.ac.uk for further details.