The main objective of the festival is to promote young professional cinema. Competitive program represents movies of debutants and Ukrainian short movies. Main sections comprise student films, first short films (fiction, animation, documentary), first feature films, and national competition.

The festival used to take place on the last week of October. In 2017 Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival announced new annual festival dates. Molodist 47 will take place on May 27 – June 3, 2018.  This decision was agreed by the festival management and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations FIAPF. We were discussing the matter with the international film community for over a year. Since the festival is accredited by FIAPF, it was necessary for every member of the federation to approve the new festival dates. May brings us extra options for the festival events, now we can use open-air locations for the screenings and festival events.