Molodist Kyiv international film festival
05 October 2023

Molodist KIFF has announced films for the competition programs: short and student sections of the International Competition, Documentary Competition, and Teen Screen

Molodist KIFF has announced films for the competition programs: short and student sections of the International Competition, Documentary Competition, and Teen Screen (see the full list of participants at the end of the press release). 

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival continues to announce its competition programs. The International Competition includes three sections: full-length films, short films, and student films. The International Short Films Competition features debut professional films with a running time of up to 45 minutes. The student program includes films made by film school students. In addition, the last two films from the International Full-Length Program have been revealed. These are Shayda by Noora Niasari (Australia, 2023), selected as an Australian entry in the Best International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards, and Paradise is Burning by Mika Gustafson (Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland, 2023), awarded Best Director in the Orizzonti section at the 80th Venice Film Festival.

The Documentary Competition of debut features is the latest addition to the program of Molodist, established in 2020. This year, the program will present 7 films (the last two films of the program will be announced later), with films about Ukraine taking an important place. This includes The Klezmer Project by Leandro Koch and Paloma Schachmann (trailer), which won the Best First Feature award at the Berlinale 2023. Against the backdrop of a love story, Leonardo embarks on a journey across Eastern Europe in search of traditional Jewish melodies, looking for them in Zakarpattia, among other places. The program also features a recent film by Ivan Sautkin, A Poem for Little People, which tells two parallel stories of friends from the de-occupied Ukrainian village and volunteers working there. Pushing Boundaries by Lesia Kordonets (trailer), a full-length documentary debut by a Swiss director of Ukrainian descent, won the Prix Zonta at Vision Du Reel 2021. The film depicts Ukrainian Paralympic athletes fighting for sporting victories in times of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

After founding the Sunny Bunny LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, the decision was made not to organize a separate queer film competition at Molodist. Nonetheless, queer films will be presented in various festival programs as usual. In particular, the documentary competition will feature Anhell69 by Theo Montoya, an unapologetic yet tender portrait of a young queer generation in Colombia, awarded the Golden Dove in DOK Leipzig 2022. Among other participants in the documentary competition is The Cathedral by Denis Dobrova (trailer), which took the best film prize in the International Documentary Competition section of the 62nd Kraków Film Festival.

The Teen Screen program is dedicated to films for children and teenagers. It was introduced in 2017 and is a successor to the older section, Molodist for Kids. The program features 7 films, including entries from the Cannes Film Festival and Berlinale, such as She – Hero by Mira Fornay, awarded the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film at the Berlinale 2023. A special teen jury will pick the winner.

The list of films in the competition programs of Molodist KIFF:




Student Films: 


The Voice of Others, Fatima Kaci, France, 2023, 30’

The Silence of The Banana Trees, Eneos Çarka, Hungary, Belgium, Portugal, Albania, 2022, 24’

Today’s Sunlight Falls Weakly on You, Yuzheng Lim, Singapore, 2022, 15’

Crack of Dawn, Anna Llargués, Spain, 2023, 29’

Eighth Day, Petr Pylypčuk, Czechia, 2023, 20’

Cyclepaths, Anton Cla, Belgium, 2023, 12’

Kira, Anastasiia Obodovska, Ukraine, 2023, 27’

Heart Fruit, Kim Allamand, Switzerland, 2023, 20’

The Pink Voice, Marieke Dora Elzerman, Spain, 2023, 26’

Before Leaving, Yan Kunao, USA, China, 2023, 17’

i see them bloom, Mykyta Gibalenko, Germany, 2023, 27’

Hole, Hwang Hyein, South Korea, 2023, 20’


Short Films: 


Arava, Sarah Meital Benjamin, Israel, 2023, 27’

Tender Loving Care, Kalina Pulit, UK, 2023, 21’

Things Unheard Of, Ramazan Kilic, Turkey, 2023, 16’

Ready, Eirini Vianelli, Greece, Belgium, 2023, 11’

Last Days of Summer, Stenzin Tankong, India, France, 2023, 15’

The Left Behind, Aurèlie Oliveira Pernet, Switzerland, Portugal, 2022, 22’

The Melting Creatures, Diego Céspedes, Chili, France, 2022, 17’

A Year Apart, Ocean Chin, Taiwan, 2023, 17’

Pigeons Are Dying, When the City Is on Fire, Stavros Markoulakis, Greece, 2023, 21’

Euridice, Euridice, Lora Mure-Ravaud, France, Switzerland, 2022, 43’

La Perra, Carla Melo Gampert, Colombia, France, 2023, 14’

A Bird Called Memory, Leonardo Martinelli, Brazil, UK, 2023, 15’

Voice Messages from Bakhmut, Ihor Babaiev, Ukraine, 2023, 15’

Hiraeth, Anastasia Itkina, Canada, 2023, 19’


Full-Length Films:  


The Lost Boys, Zeno Graton, Belgium, France, 2023, 83’

20,000 Species of Bees, Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren, Spain, 2023, 128’

Love According to Dalva, Emmanuelle Nicot, Belgium, France, 2022, 83’

I Have Electric Dreams, Valentina Maurel, Costa Rica, Belgium, France, 2022, 102’

Disco Boy, Giacomo Abbruzzese, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, 2023, 92’

Stepne, Maryna Vroda, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, 2023, 117’

The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed, Joanna Arnow, USA, 2023, 87’

Hoard, Luna Carmoon, UK, 2023, 126’

Stay Online, Yeva Strielnikova, Ukraine, 2023, 110’

City of Wind, Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, France, Mongolia, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Qatar, 2023, 104’

Shayda, Noora Niasari, Australia, 2023, 117’

Paradise is Burning, Mika Gustafson, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland, 2023, 108’


Documentary Competition: 


Anhell69, Theo Montoya, Colombia, Romania, France, Germany, 2022, 75’

Pushing Boundaries, Lesia Kordonetz, Switzerland, 2021, 102’

The Klezmer Project, Leandro Koch, Paloma Schachmann, Argentina, Austria, 2023, 110’

A Poem for Little People, Ivan Sautkin, Ukraine, 2023, 85’

The Cathedral, Denis Dobrovoda, Slovakia, 2022, 102’

Not All of Me Will Die, Joanna Grudzińska, France, Poland, 2023, 77’ 

The Eclipse, Nataša Urban, Norway, 2022, 110’

Teen Screen:


She – Hero, Mira Fornay, Slovakia, 2023, 83’

Riddle of Fire, Weston Razooli, USA, 2023, 118’

Kiddo, Zara Dwinger, Poland, The Netherlands, 2023, 118’

Dancing Queen, Aurora Gossé, Norway, 2023, 92’

Sea Sparkle, Domien Huyghe, Belgium, The Netherlands, 2023, 98’

The Properties of Metals, Antonio Bigini, Italy, 2023, 94’

Bigman, Camiel Schouwenaar, The Netherlands, 2022, 90’


52nd Molodist KIFF will be held from October 21 to 29, 2023. The screenings will take place at Zhovten Cinema (26 Kostiantynivska St.). The opening and award ceremonies will take place in Krakiv Cinema (12 Rusanivska Naberezhna St.). The art director of the festival is Andrii Khalpakhchi. The program department of Molodist includes program director Ihor Shestopalov, programmers Bohdan Zhuk and Viktor Hlon, Teen Screen program coordinator Oleksandra Prokopenko, and coordinator of the short and student films sections of the International Competition Ruslana Sydorchuk.


The festival is supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine, the Embassy of Italy in Ukraine, the Italian Cultural Institute in Ukraine, and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.


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Krakiv Cinema

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International Institute of Depth Psychology


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