Debut films by emerging directors from all over the world. The international competition presents both feature and short films. Over decades, Molodist has seen participants who later became world-famous – François Ozon, Tom Tykwer, Bruno Dumont, Gaspar Noe and Alain Berliner.
The International competition comprises three sections:
- Student short films (fiction, documentary, animation, experimental; up to 45 minutes)
- First short films (fiction, documentary, animation, experimental; up to 45 minutes)
- Debut full-length films (fiction; over 60 minutes)
A program with its own jury and monetary prize, this is an important launchpad for many Ukrainian filmmakers. It includes fiction, documentary, animated and experimental films by Ukrainian directors, produced in Ukraine or with Ukrainian co-production.
Molodist's LGBT+ strand was established in 2001 and is now the biggest and most prominent LGBT-themed cultural event in the country. By using the power of cinema, we stand up against hate and marginalisation of LGBT+ people and encourage everyone to join the dialogue. One of the oldest LGBT+ awards (second after Berlinale's Teddy at international film festivals not specialising in LGBT+ films) has its own international jury. The competition is for fiction features only (over 60 minutes) while short films, documentaries and classics of LGBT cinema are screened out of competition.
Special competition program for kids & teens aged 10-14. This is not only an attempt to start a dialogue with children; it's also a unique opportunity to find out teenagers’ choice, as its own children's jury chooses the Best film.
FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS
Major films and festival hits are brought to Kyiv with the shortest delay possible. This is 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.
RETROSPECTIVE PROGRAM "CENTURY"
A program initiated at the Molodist KIFF in 2008 is dedicated to centennials of renowned masters of cinema.
A traditional selection of latest films from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland - for Molodist audiences that have a special place in their hearts for Nordic cinema.
National and world premieres of feature films made in Ukraine or with Ukrainian coproduction.
A programme introduced at the 2018 edition, showcasing unique experimental and challenging films that prove cinema is far from dying.
An invention of the 2019 Molodist festival that follows the tradition of late screenings of unconventional genre films that have a special flair when watched at night.
A range of standalone film events that go beyond the formal concept borders of the traditional festival programming.
Each year, we represent a new country and the scope of its filmmaking talent, either through retrospectives (2014's Hungary, 2015 Slovakia, 2016's Lithuania) or showcases of latest films (2018's Italy, 2019's Canada).