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Molodist ( Ukrainian Молодість ) is an international film festival in the Ukrainian capital Kiev . It takes place annually in the last week of October. The FIAPF According to the true festival as one of the most important industry event of the Ukraine and Eastern Europe . The Molodist International Film Festival ( Київський міжнародний кінофестиваль "Молодість" ), as its official name, was founded by the "Molodist" foundation. Andrew Khalpakhchi has been the festival's general director since 1992, and has been linked to the festival's success in recent years. The 44th “Molodist” took place from October 25th to November 2nd, 2014 in Kiev.


As a festival with a specialized international competition, it has been accredited by the FIAPF film producers association since 1991 . A large number of countries from almost every continent take part in the competition. The organizers invite contestants, jury members, actors and directors. Many of these often internationally renowned filmmakers hold so-called "master classes" during their visit to the festival.

The name "Molodist" is the Ukrainian term for youth. The festival organizers regard the promotion of young cinema as their main task. Every year, the competition includes works by young filmmakers who have already attracted attention at national and international festivals. Well-known European directors who presented their films at the “Molodist” include Fred Kelemen , Tom Tykwer , Danny Boyle , François Ozon , Andras Monory , Ildikó Enyedi , Hera Popelaarsa , Jacques Audiard , Sergey Masloboyschtschikov, Alexei Balabanov , Denis Evstyhneyev , Stephen Daldry and others. Bruno Dumont , who was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for L'humanité in Cannes in 1999 , had presented his debut film La vie de Jésus at the Molodist Festival two years earlier .

Student films , first-time short films ( feature films , animated films and documentaries ) as well as the first full-length feature films by young filmmakers will be shown in the competition. Apart from the competition, other international films and retrospectives from major film schools will be shown . There is also a panorama section of Ukrainian films. The main venue of the festival is the "Kyiv" cinema in Kiev city ​​center. Film screenings also take place in 3–5 other movie theaters such as the October Palace , “Kinopanorama”, “Kievan Rus”, “Kinopalast”.


The festival took place for the first time in 1970. Currently it was a screening of the student short films of the Kiev National Institute of Theater Arts. The film festival lasted two days and 33 films were shown.

1970 / 80s

From the beginning, the festival opened the gates to thousands of representatives from other cinema institutes and countries. In the 1970s filmmakers from Bulgaria , Georgia , Armenia and WGIK students were regular guests at the festival. As early as 1975, both student unions and full-length feature films took part in the competition. The leading filmmakers of Ukraine began their creative work in cinematography with the Molodist. The winners of the festival from 1970 to 1980 included Karen Gevorkyan and Vadim Abdrashitov, Alexander Pankratow, Wladimir Bortko , Konstantin Lopuschanski , Sergej Snyezhkin, Evgeny Tsymbal and Juri Mamin. During the perestroika period, «Molodist» began to expand. The Baltic states , Kazakhstan , Azerbaijan and Germany took part in this competition . The festival tried to adapt to the new tendencies of youth culture . In 1989, for the first time in the USSR , the works of the Moscow and Leningrad parallel cinemas were presented in Kiev : the films of Maxim Pezhemsky, brothers Alyeynikov, Gennady Yufit provoked an extensive discussion about the development paths of the new art.


With the collapse of the Soviet Union , the festival got new development opportunities in the independent Ukraine . As early as 1993, the “Molodist” festival was registered as an official festival, whose activities are in line with international standards. A decisive factor in the fate of the festival was a partnership in 1995 with the TV channel “ 1 + 1 ”, which promoted “Molodist”. Among the participants in the festival were the winners of the most famous cinema awards in the world. Bruno Dumont visited Kiev in 1997 with his debut film “The Life of Jesus” and his film “Humanity” was awarded the Palme d'Or in two years at the Cannes International Film Festival. The full-length film " Mein Leben in Rosarot " by Alan Berliner, which later became the Oscars laureate, was awarded by the "Molodist". In 1997 there was a special award for a contribution to international film art. The presenters of the prize were the Hollywood - film director of Ukrainian origin Edward Dmytryk , the Italian Mario Monicelli , the veteran of Polish cinematography Jerzy Hoffman and a master of Italian cinema Ettore Scola . The festival director has been the People's Artist of Ukraine Bohdan Stupka since 2001 . The festival has always focused on examining the main development trends in young cinema and helping young talent to take their deserved place in today's cinema process. The symbol of the 2004 festival was a photo work by Daniel Demutsky, which won the main prize at the photo competition in Paris in 1925. The collage with the faces of many Ukrainian and foreign film stars who have already attended the festival was the symbol of the 2005 film festival. The main emblem was the postage stamp, symbolizing intense communication, creative relationships, the lack of boundaries and the conditioned nature of the distances that separate the country and film artists.

The anniversary festival 2010

In 2010 the “Molodist” anniversary festival was opened in Kiev. The biggest cinema event in Ukraine and Eastern Europe turned 40. About three hundred films were shown within a week. For fans of the cinema, the master classes and meetings with renowned directors and actors were held. The program also presented the winning films from the whole history of the festival. The official opening of the anniversary festival took place in the Taras Shevchenko Opera House , and the ceremony was conducted by Russian actress Renata Litvinova. Among the guests at the “Molodist” festival were well-known names such as Fanny Ardant , Gérard Depardieu , Karen Schakhnazarov, Lyudmila Gurchenko , Vladimir Menshov and Roman Balayan. The screening of the French film " Cartagena ", in which the actress Sophie Marceau and actor Christopher Lambert played the leading roles, took place in the "Kiev Film Theater". In the film made by a debutant Alain Monne, the protagonist (Sophie Marceau) suffers physically and mentally. In 2010, 57 films (23 student films, 21 full-length films and 13 short films) were presented in the competition program. The non-competitive program presented 67 films, the alternative competition program - 21 films. The “Molodist” jury was headed by French director Marc Caro . The judges were an Austrian filmmaker Rainer Frimmel, Ukrainian artist Olexander Roitburd and a Russian film producer Elena Yatsura. Sergei Loznitsa's winning film “ My Luck ” received USD 10,000 and the Grand Prix, the Scythian Stag. The cash prize of USD 2000 each went to directors who won in the following categories: best short film, best full-length feature film and best student work. The best young actor won € 1000. Christopher Lambert received the Scythian stag for his contribution to world cinema.

Sections of the competition program

International competition

The competition part consists of three main international programs - student film, short film and full-length film. The proposed film should be shown no earlier than January 1st of the previous year before the festival takes place in the current year. Films that have taken part in other festivals and have already been awarded a prize can be offered for participation in the competition.

  • Student film

The main task of the “Molodist” festival is to promote the development of young cinema. Around 30 student films are presented each year. The program includes the first professional short film debuts (feature films, animated films and documentaries, each up to 45 minutes). Prizes awarded are the price for the best short film / the Yves Montand price for the best young actor / Grand Prix / audience award.

  • Short film

The festival program represents the collection of short films by young filmmakers from all over the world. The filmmakers present their films personally. Films that do not last longer than 30 minutes take part in the competition. Prizes awarded are the price for the best short film / the Yves Montand price for the best young actor / Grand Prix / audience award.

  • Full evening film

Every year, around 10 full-length debut films (longer than 60 minutes) present the current development trends in European and world cinema. Young filmmakers traditionally present their first major success in person. Prizes awarded are the prize for the best film / the prize of Yves Montand for the best young actor / Grand Prix / audience award.

National competition

The main aim of the festival was and will always be the search, selection and promotion of Ukrainian films. At first, “Panorama of the Ukrainian Cinema” was the first non-competitive program of the film festival, then it was renamed “National Competition”. Short films (feature films, animated films and documentaries lasting up to 45 minutes) that are produced in Ukraine (or with the cooperation of Ukraine as a co-producer) take part in the national competition. Awards are the award for the best short film / special diploma.

Alternative competition

  • SunnyBunny

Sunny Bunny is a large LGBT domestic cultural event known outside of Ukraine. The program, founded in 2001, is the second (after Teddy Award at the Berlinale Film Festival) LGBT cinema program at the most important international film festivals (since 2007 the LGBT Prize Queer Lion was also founded at the Venice International Film Festival , and since 2010 the Queer Palm Prize has been awarded at the International Cannes Film Festival ). Awards will be the award for the best film / special award.

Out of competition program

The festival also includes non-competitive screenings presenting cinematography to the world, the production of film schools, thematic cinema programs, retrospective of famous film producers and special events.

Geographically oriented program

  • German wave / German cinema . The German cinema week as part of the non-competitive program of the “Molodist” film festival presents the tendencies and the main processes of cinematography in the entire German-speaking area. The Ukrainian viewers are offered the best films made in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
  • French connection / French cinema . The focus is on French cinema from around the world. The new cinema is from Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, French Africa and in perspective - also from the Middle East in the renewed “French connection” program.
  • East Express . Films from the Eastern European and Asian regions are shown here.
  • Scandinavian panorama . Ten high-quality, audience-oriented films from the Scandinavian panorama are presented annually.
  • The New Russian Cinema is a major importer of Russian art house in Ukraine. This representative parade of young filmmakers and recognized meters is the important Russian cinema event that was presented in Berlin, Cannes, Venice and during the national “ Kinotawr ”.


Over the past decade, the retrospectives of Lindsay Anderson, Michel Sutter, Margaret von Trotta, Derek Jarman, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, Peter Chardynin, Ivan Pyrev, Edward Dmytryk, Leonid Osyka, Ivan Mykolaichuk, Robert Bresson, Ettore have been featured on “Molodist” Scola shown.

Thematic programs

  • Festival of festivals

This program includes the elements of the official selections, the winners of the Cannes , Berlin , Locarno , Karlovy Vary film festivals .

  • Molodist Cinergy

The aim of the program is to present works that are at the intersection of cinema and media arts, types of art that border on cinematography and have a strong influence on modern cinema. The main focus of Molodist Cinergy is that the coordinators participate in the implementation of the master classes and lectures that take place as part of the educational project.

  • The long nights of short films: Germany / France

The usual program for the film festival includes the presentation of two large collections of short films from German (German Night) and French (French Night) productions. These representatives of European cinematography show an average of two hours of animated films, one hour of documentaries and three hours of first short films - the screening lasts six hours.


The festival management forms the international jury, which evaluates the films in the competition program and works in accordance with the FIAPF rules (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) and the “Molodist” rules of procedure. FIPRESC (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), FICC (Festival Internacional de Cine en la Ciudad de México) and the Ecumenical Jury can also work at the festival.

  • FIPRESCI jury

A decision on the presence of the FIPRESCI jury (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) is made by the General Assembly.

  • FICC jury

In 1998 the FICC jury was presented for the first time at the “Molodist” festival.

  • Sunny Bunny Jury

The jury consists of LGBT representatives, gender specialists, artists and other famous people known for supporting LGBT communities. The task of the Sunn Bunny Jury is to select the most relevant, exciting or important for the LGBT community cinema.

  • National competition jury

The jury has been evaluating modern domestic films since 2004. The jury traditionally includes Ukrainian TV presenters, critics, directors, film producers, art scholars and other representatives of art and culture.

  • Ecumenical jury

The ecumenical jury was appointed by the ecumenical cinematographic organization Interfilm, the World Catholic Organization for Communication SIGNIS and the Conference of the European Church. The composition of the Ecumenical Jury consists of six members, representatives of the different countries and cultures, who can be film journalists, critics, theologians, professors or researchers. The ecumenical jury focuses on films with a special character. They consider the artistic quality of the film as well as the religious, social and humanistic issues.

Prizes awarded

  • Grand Prix for the best film

Every year the “Molodist” international film festival's Grand Prix is ​​awarded by the ecumenical jury for the best film from the entire competition program. It consists of a Scythian stag statuette and a prize of 10,000 US dollars .

  • Award for the best film in each category

The prize for the best film in each category of the International Film Festival «Molodist» is awarded by the international jury of the festival for the best student film, feature film and for the best short film. The winner receives the prize money of USD 2,500 or the equivalent amount and the jury's diploma. There is also the audience award, which is equal to $ 1000. Among the other awards given at the festival is a FIPRESCI award from the international film critics association.

Directory of winners

The grading of student work now known to us as the "Molodist" began in 1970. But currently it has been a forum that lasted a few days. In fact, all information about it is lost. We know for sure that in 1971 an acting work "Happy Kukushkin" by Vladimir Menshov on "Molodist" was awarded. There will be gaps in the following list in a few years. The information about this is still being sought in the archives. From 1970 to 1980 the main prizes were awarded “for the best contemporary subjects” and since 1979 “for the best feature film”.

Grand Prix winner since 1996

year Movie title Director Country, year of production
1996 35 aside Damien O'Donnell Ireland 1995
1997 Skud Donna Swan Australia 1997
1998 Voices Andrei Osipov Russia 1998
1999 Bread day Sergei Dvorzewoi Russia 1998
2000 Stand-by Roch Stéphanik France 2000
2001 Diva et pianiste / men's business Martin Le Gall / Slawomir Fabicki France 2000 / Poland 2001
2002 Utopia blues Stefan Haupt Switzerland 2001
2003 Old Women Gennady Sidorov Russia 2003
2004 Aftermath Paprika Steen Denmark 2004
2005 Accused Jacob Thuesen Denmark 2005
2006 12:08 pm East of Bucharest Corneliu Porumboiu Romania 2006
2007 The band next door Eran Kolirin Israel / France 2007
2008 Buddha fell apart from shame / shultes Hana Makhmalbaf / Bakur Bakuradze Iran 2007 / Russia 2008
2009 La Pivellina Tizza Covi , Rainer Frimmel Italy / Austria 2009
2010 My luck Sergei Loznitsa Ukraine 2010
2011 To breathe Karl Markovics Austria 2011
2012 L. Babis Makridis Greece 2012
2013 The Mass of Men Gabriel Gauchet UK 2012
2014 Anywhere Else / Elsewhere Ester Amrami Germany 2012

See also

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Individual evidence