Molodist Kyiv international film festival
18 September 2023


Festival Programs
Non - competition program Клуб італійської кінокласики
Дякуючи нашим захисникам, Клуб італійської кінокласики повертається на великий екран.

Італійський кінематограф 50-80-х років минулого століття став золотим фондом світової культури.

Competition program International Competition
Debut films by emerging directors from all over the world.

The international competition presents both feature-length films and short films.

Competition program National Competition
Short films by Ukrainian directors, produced or co-produced in Ukraine.

The competition has its own jury and prize. It is a great launchpad for aspiring Ukrainian filmmakers. Fiction, documentary and animated short films are accepted into the competition.

Non - competition program Opening Film
Long-awaited reunion!

50th 'Molodist' is here! The festival opens with the winner of '79 rendition of festival, Ivan Mykolaichuk's film 'Babylon XX'.

Non - competition program Festival of festivals
Major films and festival hits are brought to Kyiv in a snap of fingers.

A traditional festival program that has been attracting the attention of audiences and media for over a decade. It includes participants of the official selections and prize winners of the major film festivals of the world – Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, etc. 

Non - competition program Sunny Bunny Non-Competition
Festival films representing the LGBT community to a wide audience of Ukrainian viewers encouraging social dialogue.

‘Sunny Bunny’ program was established in 2001 and is now the biggest and most prominent LGBT-themed cultural event in the country.

Non - competition program Ukrainian premieres
A new breath in the world of Ukrainian cinema.

National and world premieres of feature films made in Ukraine or with Ukrainian coproduction.

Non - competition program Scandinavian Panorama
Where nature fulfils its will, but people rejoice and suffer just as they do all around the world.

A non-competition program of the 49th KIFF Molodist, introducing the Ukrainian audience to the most prominent representatives of European cinema. Directors from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland deliver stories from all corners of the Scandinavian countries.

Non - competition program Midnight special
Films that wake you up and open your mind.

A dreamlike program follows the tradition of late screenings. Here at night unconventional genre films have a special flair.

Non - competition program Forma
Dive into the unconsciousness to surface in a different dimension.

Introduced in 2018, Forma showcases unique experimental and challenging films that prove cinema has yet long to live.

Non - competition program Retrospective program "Century"
Ahead of its time cinema comes back for Molodist screen.

Initiated at the 39th Molodist KIFF, this program is dedicated to centennials of renowned masters of cinema.

Non - competition program Non-Competition
More Ukrainian cinema!

A special selection of Ukrainian short films that will be shown outside the National Competition during the 51st Molodist KIFF.

Non - competition program Weird, Bizarre, Fantastic: Ukrainian Animation 1970–1990s
A collaborative project with Dovzhenko Center.


Fantastic Kafka-style transformations, contacts with extraterrestrial civilizations, monsters and demons from folk mythology, dreadful germs of a war – these are themes and images that preoccupied the minds of the Ukrainian animated films directors and artists in the 70-80s. These weird, bizarre images that still obsess and intrigue viewers even today were “dragged” to the cinema screens through the animation medium which was the least censored kind of cinema.


A screen adaptation of Stephen King’s writings, a journey to the otherworld, greetings to Gogol, a story of the strange love between a potato and a knife, and much more. All this is Ukrainian animation that you might not know about. These films oscillate between scary and funny, absurd and grotesque. These stories are created and animated by true fans of their craft – directors of the Kyivnaukfim / Ukranimafilm studio. They performed creative tricks in their work, experimented with different styles and created animated films that continue to amaze even today.

Non - competition program In Memoriam
A new non-competition program during 51st Molodist KIFF.

A dedication to great masters who impacted the art of cinema.

The oldest regular cinema event in Ukraine. 'Molodist', founded in 1970, is now one of the largest cinema events in Eastern Europe according to International Federation of Film Producers Associations
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