Molodist Kyiv international film festival
the festival

Over the course of half a century 'Molodist' developed from the local, purely professional review of student films of the newly opened Faculty of Cinematography at the Karpenko-Kary University to a major international event that discovers world-class directors.

Initially, Molodist interested a very narrow circle of professional viewers.

Nowadays, 'Molodist' is the only international film festival in Ukraine with FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association) accreditation.
The foundation of a festival

Vadim Chubasov and Viktor Ivchenko organized a first screening of works by students of Kyiv theatrical institute. It lasted for 2 days and presented 33 films. It was the beginning of 'Molodist' film festival

Festival' first years

in the mid-1970s, Molodist began traveling around the cities of Ukraine (Pavlograd, Kryvyi Rih) and engaged in its program works of students from other Soviet republics. The results of the expansion are evidenced by the names of the winners of the festival in the 1970s: Volodymyr Bortko, Alla Surykova, Vadym Abdrashytov, Mykhailo Illienko.

Вorder-breaking perestroika

At the time of perestroika, Molodist was finally entering the international arena. The festival began to screen the films of debutants from countries outside the USSR (even if it was only Poland and the German Democratic Republic) and foreign students of the Karpenko-Kary University.

The festival is changing. It is said that theater lives for 10 years – during its golden age – afterward something new that needs to be done, otherwise the theater dies. 'Molodist' film festival turns 50 and it's very much alive, but nevertheless the new times require new forms, new ideas, new team.
Andriy Khalpakhchi
Art Director of 'Molodist' Kyiv International Film Festival

In the meantime, the Union of Young Cinematographers of Ukraine (UYCU) was formed at the Filmmakers Union of Ukraine. It would organize the festival in times of transition, which were difficult no doubt. In 1991, it was impossible to award cash prizes, and the following year, 1992, the festival did not take place. However, thanks to the efforts of the UYCU, a movie directory was published for each Molodist, which has already become a tradition (this practice began in 1989). In addition, in 1993, following a difficult beginning of the decade, the festival was officially registered as international in the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

The 1990s for Molodist was a period of a new team that discovered new world-class filmmakers. It was in the early 1990s that Andriy Yakovych Khalpakhchi, the current artistic director of the festival, joined the festival. As for the new directors, it is worth mentioning a few names of filmmakers who made their debut in Kyiv: Tom Tykwer, Francois Ozon, Bruno Dumont, Danny Boyle, Lucas Mudisson, Ildiko Enyedi, Jacques Audiard.

40th jubilee festival

In 2010, the 40th jubilee festival opens in Kyiv. Viewers watched almost three hundred films a week, participated in master classes and met with famous directors and actors. For the first time in the program of the festival films that won during the history of the event were also presented.

The opening ceremony took place at the The Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian National Opera House with world-class guests - Christopher Lambert, Sophie Marceau, Gerard Depardieu, Fanny Ardan, Renata Litvinova, Vladimir Menshov, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Karen Shakhnazarov.

Nowadays the festival is 50 years old and its goal remains unchanged – to uncover important trends of young cinema development and to help aspiring beginner filmmakers find their way on the world cinema map.
Non - competition program Клуб італійської кінокласики
Дякуючи нашим захисникам, Клуб італійської кінокласики повертається на великий екран. З 14 вересня в київському кінотеатрі «Жовтень» розпочнеться новий цикл показів італійського кіно.

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.


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