The 48th Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist, running between May 25 and June 2, 2019, has announced its non-competitive programs:

— Midnight Special;

— Scandinavian Panorama;


— Festival of Festivals;

— Armed and Dangerous;

Follow our news on social networks and film festival’s website to find out the screening schedule - molodist.com.

Midnight Special

This is a non-competitive feature movies program for viewers with strong nerves. Psychological thrillers, existential horrors and life drama that are well-decorated with psychedelic hallucinations.

The artistic narrative of these stories is intertwined with real horrors. Sometimes it's even hard to distinguish between fantasy and truth. The Midnight Special program consists of 8 films that portray the attitude to fear in different countries: Sweden, Germany, Mexico, the Czech Republic, America and many others.

Tremendous woods in Koko-di Koko-da, night-time trips around Berlin and a portrait of modern youth at Yung, awkward ideas in the movie "Domestique" and other scenes for fans of keen impressions are awaiting.

We invite you to Midnight Special shows in the Butterfly DeLuxe cinema from May 25 to June 2. Follow the schedule on the film festival and the movie theaters’ websites!

Midnight Special program movies:

  • Koko-di Koko-da, Johannes Nyholm / Sweden, Denmark, 2019.
  • Yung/ Henning Gronkowski / Germany, 2018.
  • Buy Me a Gun / Julio Hernández Cordón / Mexico, Colombia, 2018.
  • Domestique / Adam Sedlák / Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2018.
  • Mope / Lucas Heyne, США / USA, 2019.
  • Tumbbad / Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi / India, Sweden, 2018.
  • Knife + Heart / Yann Gonzalez / France, Switzerland, Mexico, 2018.
  • Chained for Life / Aaron Schimberg / USA, 2018

Scandinavian Panorama

A non-competitive program of the 48th KIFF Molodist, introducing the Ukrainian spectator to the most prominent representatives of European cinema. Directors from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland deliver stories from the periphery of the Scandinavian countries. Where nature fulfils its most amazing plans, but people rejoice and suffer just as they do all around the world.

The "Scandinavian Panorama" is multifaceted; it can cheer you up with semi-comedies about the pirate Pekka ("The Human Part"), and strikes at your very heart with the drama of ordinary people. These stories can be told by teenagers who have grown into adult drug addicts over decades («Let Me Fall») , or by a mother who watches for a girl struggling with gray spots on a map of psychological diseases ("Blind Spot").

  • The Human Part / Juha Lehtola / Finland, Denmark, 2018.
  • Let Me Fall / Baldvin Z / Iceland, Finland, Germany, 2018.
  • Mihkel / Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon / Iceland, Norway, Estonia, 2018.
  • Aurora / Miia Tervo / Finland, 2019.
  • Blind Spot / Tuva Novotny / Norway, 2018.
  • Happy Ending / Hella Joof / Denmark, 2018.
  • Bergman Revisited / Tomas Alfredson, Pernilla August, Lisa Aschan, Jane Magnusson, Liv Strömquist, Patrik Eklund, Linus Tunström / Sweden, 2018.
  • Goliath / Peter Grönlund / Sweden, 2018.

Festival of Festivals

The year’s most prominent movies that claimed awards at the world's leading film festivals are represented in this program. Here is what it has in store this year:

  1. A Land Imagined / Yeo Siew Hua, France, The Netherlands, Singapore / 2018.

Locarno International Film Festival 2018: "Golden Leopard" for Best Film, Junior Jury Award and Ecumenical Jury Prize;

Asia Pacific Film Award 2018: Achievement in Cinematography Award and Young Cinema Award;

El Gouna International Film Festival 2018: Award in the Feature Films competition;

International Film Festival in Pingyao, 2018: Roberto Rossellini Award;

International Film Festival in Quezon City 2018: Best Movie of a New Wave of Asian Cinema Award;

Singapore International Film Festival 2018: Best Asian Film Award;

International Film Festival in Valladolid 2018:  Best Director of Photography Award.

  1. "M" / Yolande Zauberman / France, 2018.

Locarno International Film Festival 2018: Special Jury Prize, Junior Jury Award;

International FICUNAM Film Festival in Mexico 2019: Winner of the International Competition.

  1. Alice / Josephine Mackerras/ Australia, France, 2019 - European premiere!

South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin 2019: Jury Grand Prix, CherryPicks Award for directing debut;

2019 Winston-Seymour RiverRun International Film Festival: International Feature films Contest Winner, Best Director Award, Audience Award.


Armed and Dangerous

In the non-competitive Armed and Dangerous program, short films by Ukrainian directors combine documentary stylistics and the research of the surrounding society through hypertrophied reality. These are the stories of ordinary people who are constantly in a state of internal combat readiness: volunteers, military, LGBT-activists and queer superheroes.

Each hero must ask themselves the question: who should be scared of? Is new X generation threatening traditional values  or are the conservatives posing a threat to those who seek freedom? All of them will wait for their viewers at KIFF Molodist. All of them are "armed and dangerous", which is why watching them is so interesting.

Films of the Armed and Dangerous program

  • Ceremonial Send-Off to the Army  / Oleksiy Radynski / Ukraine, 2019.
  • Games in a Deoccupied City / Piotr Armianovski / Ukraine, 2018.
  • Untitled (Armed and Dangerous) / Sashko Protyah / Ukraine, 2018.
  • Untitled (Armed and Dangerous) / Mykola Ridnyi / Ukraine, 2018.
  • Fabulous Squirt / Oksana Kazmina / Ukraine, 2019.
  • Sisters / Anna Scherbyna, Valentyna Petrova / Ukraine, 2019.
  • Happy New Year / Philip Sotnychenko / Ukraine, 2019.
  • A Year Later / Stanislav Bytiutskyi / Ukraine, 2019.       
  • Untitled (Armed and Dangerous) / Elias Parvulesco / Ukraine, 2019.



The program brings together bold film debutants who expand the ordinary spectator’s notions of modern cinema. There are radical experiments with the form, plot, presentation, genre peculiarities and visual style. Here the director is free to shape reality as they see fit.

FORMA - is when a bird’s tender singing blows into a saw’s shrill, when comedy turns into a postmodern work of art and an audiovisual performance. Where in the kaleidoscope of events the main heroes see their hearts burning. And, of course, these are films for the cinephiles who are not scared of the unusual and the ruination of existing patterns.

Films of the FORMA program:

  1. Just Don't Think I'll Scream, Frank Beauvais, France, 2019.
  2. Walden, Daniel Zimmermann, Switzerland, 2018.
  3. Nona. If They Soak Me, I’ll Burn Them, Camila José Donoso, Chile, Brazil, France, South Korea, 2019.
  4.  Aren't You Happy?, Susanne Heinrich, Germany, 2019.
  5. Bait, Mark Jenkin, UK, 2019.
  6. Supported by

    Ukrainian State Film Agency

    Kyiv City State Administration

    Creative Europe

    Official Partner, Grand Prix Sponsor

    Loto Zabava

    Official Award Partner

    Kimberli Jewelry House

    Official Carrier of the Festival

    Ukraine International Airlines

    Official Partner


    Official Hotel of the Festival

    Hotel Aloft Kiev

    Main Media Partners


    Official Radio Partner

    Radio Relax

    Talent Workshop Official Partners

    Dim Master Klass

    Ukrainian Film School

    Boat Meeting Official Partner

    Star Media

    Official Technical Partner

    Lanet TV

    Official festival restaurant

    SORBONNE Restaurant

    Official Partners

    Stella Artois



    Atmospheric Partner

    Bruni Frameless Furniture

    Print Partner


    Media Partners

    Cosmopolitan Ukraine

    Ukrainian Week

    The Village Ukraine



    Detector Media

    Don’t take fake


    Text and Video Partner

    The People of Word Copywriting Agency

    Sunny Bunny Partner