47th Molodist ended. International Film Festival awarded the winners.

The official award ceremony of the 47th Kyiv International Film Festival ‘Molodist’took place at the Poshtova Square. Head of Ukraine State Film Agency Philip Illenko, international jury members: actor Adrian Zwicker, producer Sergei Lavrenyuk, program director of the Minsk International Film Festival ‘Listapad’ Igor Sukmanov, chairman of the jury Claudia Landsberger, composer Alla Zagaykevich, members of the jury of the National Contest director Marina Stepanska, program director of the Odessa International Film Festival Antelm Vido and the director of the Tallinn Film Festival ‘Dark Nights’ Tiina Locke-Tramberg, producer and TV presenter Igor Kondratyuk, actressess Irma Vitovska and Anna Kuzina, ballerina Katerina Kuhar and others walked on the red carpet.

The ceremony began with a performace of a social-puppet cabaret Tse Sho.

Actors Lilia Yatsenko and Andriy Isayenko were the hosts of the festive evening.  

Film ‘The Saint’ by Andrius Blazhevichys received Grand Prix of the festival and $ 10,000. This is a co-production of Lithuania and Poland.

The main award to the director was presented by the head of the international jury, producer from the Netherlands Claudia Landsberger:

It was very difficult to choose the winner. We were discussing our decision for hours because all  films were great. Therefore, I consider all nominees as winners as they became participants of the International Contest at such film festival. I want to note development of the Ukrainian cinema . It is also important that philanthropists contribute to development of the film festival. It is very important".

The director of the film ‘The Saint Andrius Blazhevichys said the words of gratitude to the audience:

I am very grateful to the film festival that our film became a participant of the International contest and I want to thank the jury for making this little film a winner of such a great film festival.

The film tells about a provincial Lithuanian town facing the economic crisis in 2008.

Film The Load by Ohnen Hlavonych received Jury`s special mention. The film is a co-production of five countries: Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran and Qatar. The film tells about a truck driver in Serbia during the NATO bombing in 1999. And about his mysterious cargo, which outlines new horizons to the man.

Prize for the best feature film and 2,000 dollars from the festival`s philanthropist Lyudmila Rusalina received film Winter brothers’ by Hlynur Pálmason (Denmark, Iceland, 2017). The award was handed by the philanthropist herself:

Molodist is a great opportunity for young filmmakers to declare about themselves, and for us - to see world cinema masterpieces. It is delightful that the government and Kyiv authorities support this festival.

Producer of the film Per Damgaard Hansen came for the award to the capital. He thanked the audience of the film festival and members of the jury in the name of the director and the whole team.  

the Romanian film "Brilliant Naked Death" Sergiu Negulichi (Romania, 2017) was recognized as best short film. The director also received 2 000 dollars. The director wasn`t able to come to the ceremony, but he recorded a short video greeting for the guests and participants of the film festival.  He also received a special prize from the partner of the festival Inkerman.

Film Close Ties by a Polish director Zofia Kowalewska won the Student Competition. She also received a prize of $ 2,000.

‘It was my debut film, so it's really an extraordinary journey. I am very glad that you liked it. I also want to thank heroes of my film - grandmother and grandfather who agreed to take part in it and trusted me, - Zofia admitted.

 A special mention was given to the film Sharps directed by Sveye Matias Glenn (Norway, 2016).

Movie Child ticket by a director from India Samida Kakkada received the main prize of the teen films competition Molodist Teen Screen:

I am very grateful to the young jury, I hope that you will visit Mumbai once. I also want to say that my film was shot in the city's slums, where I grew up with my mother and grandmother. I hope for a better luck for the many boys and girls who live there now.  

The plot tells about two brothers who dream to taste pizza for the first time in their life. And for this they are ready for everything. This story of growing up shows a gap between desires and reality.

Special mentions went to films ‘Super-Modo’ by Likarion Vainayn (Kenya, Germany, 2018) and Behind Blue Doors’ by Mariush Paley (Poland, 2016).

Movie   Weightlifter by Dmitry Sukholitsky-Sobchuk was recognized best in the National Contest.  The director got a ‘Scythian deer’ statuette and a certificate for 50 000 hryvnias from the House of Education and Culture Master class.

Everything that was happenning in the movie, had some autobiographical layers that spoke both in me, and in heroes of the film. There are no, except for off-screen voice, professional actors. And these are real people, about whom I wanted to make a fiction film’, - the director said.

Film Outside the zone’ by Nikon Romanchenko got a special mention ‘For a delicate look  and a special intonation’. According to the story, mother is looking for her son in the area of fighting.

Also a special award ‘For a subtle reproduction of an unconscious world’ received the film Happy years’ by directors Svitlana Shymko and Galina Yarmanova. This is a film-research about LGBT women in the USSR using archival footage. Both women came to the ceremony:

We are very pleased that at a time when radical influences in society deepen, the film about heteropredestination found its place at this festival and won an award’, - Svitlana Shymko admitted.

We hope that every year there will be more and more films by women-directors at the festival, - Galina Yarmanova added.

The film The Heiresses’ by Marcello Martinessi won in the LGBTK-films contest ‘Sunny Bunny’. Paraguayan director received the award personally. A story of the same-sex couple is in the center of the movie. The director admits - plot of the film is borrowed from the childhood memories:

I dream to speak in many languages. Always when you travel you want to talk with people in their mother tongue. I am really grateful to the jury for this award . We wanted to show in this film is the story of LGBT women in a way interesting to everyone in society . Unfortunately, often people are not persecuted for corruption, serious crimes, but often society is negative towards those who dare to live another life.  

 A young director Anastasia Khomenko became a winner in the ‘Shoot & Play’ competition. She received a prize in the amount of 1 000$ from the state lotteries operator M.S.L’. Marketing director of M.S.L. and the General director of the Molodist Film Festival Andriy Khalpakhchi announced a winner`s name:

I am very grateful to the M .S. L.’ company, which supports for many years the Molodist Film Festival. Today Ukrainian cinema is really on the rise and the contestShoot & Play provides an opportunity to add amateur also to a professional Ukrainian cinema, - Mr. Khalpakhchi said.

The director confessed:

"This is a joint work with my friend, he is also a director-beginner . I express my gratitude to all the organizers for allowing non-professionals to express themselves and to participate in the contest.

The prize of audience sympathies was given to the film by Polish director Piotr Damalevsky Quiet Night.

Chairman of Culture and Spirituality committee Mykola Knyazhitsky received a diploma For a Significant Contribution to the Development of Ukrainian Cinema.


I hope that Ukrainian cinema has chosen the right way. But your work is perfect, very significant and directly contributes to the development of Ukrainian cinematography’, - Andriy Khalpakhchi said.

Mykola Knyazhitsky thanked the festival for the award:  

I`m just doing my job. In my opinion, each of us understands that those people who died here on Maydan, those people who died and continue to die at the front, those people who are now starving in Russia - Oleg Sentsov and other political prisoners - they do all of this, so we do not just cry and suffer, but in order to make our country live a normal life, to make movies, to make people happy. Therefore, I want to thank everyone who is doing their job fairly’.

In total, 176 films were screened on the 47th Molodist. Representatives from 54 countries of the world were participants of the festival.  

At the end of the ceremony the Kyiv City State Administrationeneral director the festival Andriy Khalpakhchi announced that the 48th KMKF Molodist will be held from May 25 to June 2 next year.



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Ukrainian State Film Agency;

Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine;

Kyiv City State Administration;

General partner – Lаnet.TV;

MSL — official partner, sponsor of the festival Grand Prix;

Ukraine International Airlinesthe festival’s official airline;

Aloft Hotels — the festival’s hotel;

McDonald's — the festival’s official partner;

The Kimberli Jewellery House the official partner of the awards ceremony;

Еspreso TV the festival’s leading television partner;

Kyiv Academy of Media Arts – the festival’s official partner;

Stella Artoisthe festival’s official partner;

Nasha Karta restaurants the festival’s official gastro-partner;

Status – the festival’s official partner;

Domashnie Sviato – the festival’s confectionery partner;

Ilta - the festival’s official partner;

Star Media — the Boat Meeting’s general partner;

FILM.UA — the festival’s official partner;

Master Klass Cultural and Education Centre - the festival’s official partner;

Kyiv Cinema;

The Kyiv’s Southern Bank” Club;

The Crimean House;

Liudi Slovathe festival’s textual partner.


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