Each year the Board of Directors forms an international jury which works according to the regulations for international film festivals by FIAPF and the rules and regulations of the IFF «Molodist».
The International Jury considers only films in the Competition program and awards the festival's main prizes:
THE GRAND PRIX FOR THE BEST COMPETITION FILM
The Grand Prix of Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist” is awarded annually by the International Jury to the best film of the competition program.
The winner of the Grand Prix gets a monetary reward of 10 000 USD, the statuette "The Scythian Deer", which is a symbol of the festival and a diploma of the jury.
THE PRIZE FOR THE BEST FILM IN EACH CATEGORY
The prize for the best film in each category is awarded by the International Jury of the festival for the best student film, the best full-length film and the best short film.
Winners receive a monetary reward of 2,500 USD or equivalent material award along with a diploma of the jury.
In 1925 some film journalists from Paris and Brussels founded the Professional Association of the Film Press. Soon after, Belgian journalists took the initiative in making contact with others in foreign countries. The idea of an International Federation of Film Press took shape in 1926 in Paris during the Congress of Cinema. This idea was officially implemented on June 6, 1930.
Today FIPRESCI is an organisation of professional film critics and film journalists, established in different countries for the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests, constitute the International Federation of the Cinematographic Press (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique – FIPRESCI).
The main purpose of the International Film Critics Award (the FIPRESCI Prize) is to promote film-art and to encourage new and young cinema.
The FIPRESCI Prize is awarded at international film festivals or at film festivals of particular importance. The General Assembly decides at which festivals FIPRESCI juries are to be established, and also decides which kind of films or which sections of the festivals are to be included for the jury.
Juries should not have less than three members nor more than nine members. They all have to be from different countries.
SUNNY BUNNY JURY
International Sunny Bunny jury consists of social activists and representatives of LGBT organizations, specialists in queer studies and gender issues, cultural or other popular personalities contributing to or known for their support of LGBT community.
The task of Sunny Bunny jury is to select the most relevant, exciting or significant film for the LGBT community from all Festival programs.
JURY OF NATIONAL COMPETITION
Jury of national competition has bee selecting best ukrainian films since 2004. This Jury traditionally consists of TV hosts, journalists, cinema critics, directors, producers and other representatives of art and culture.
Each year ukrainian film with the most actual topic and the most impressive acting gets the award.
Ecumenical Jury is nominated by Ecumenical Cinema Organization Interfilm and World Catholic Association for Communication SIGNIS.
It is composed of 6 members, from different countries and cultures, who may be film journalists, critics, theologians, researchers or teachers.
Though the members are from the Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox churches they are open to inter-religious dialogue with Jews, Muslims and Buddhists. The Jury is completely independent and during the Festival they meet together to analyse and comment on the films.
The Ecumenical Jury focuses its attention on films with a special view. It is interested in the artistic quality as well as in religious, social, and people-related questions. It looks at the visions of the creative film directors with a feel for justice, peace, and respect as well as for spiritual dimensions. At the same time it remains open for the suffering and unplumbed depths of human existence, and seeks movie experiences, which give hope.