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Molodist — Youth film festival
The Film Festival Molodist (Youth) was founded as long ago as in 1970. Originally, it was designed to provide opportunities for young Ukrainian film makers and for the Cinematography Institute students to show their first films. But starting from 1975, it expanded into becoming an open Ukrainian film festival, at which budding Ukrainian film makers, and film makers from other republics of the then Soviet Union would be able to debut their feature films, both full-length ones and shorter ones too. In 1987, the festival was raised in status to become an international event, and in 1993 it was granted a FIAPF official certificate for holding such festivals.
Now it is ranked by the FIAPF international association of film producers as the twelfth best festival of its kind in the world. Annually, participants from more than 60 countries of the world come to the festival which is held in Kyiv in the fall.
In 2007, about 120,000 people saw the films shown at the festival. More than 300 journalists from the Ukrainian and foreign media were accredited at the festival.
In 2008, the festival was held in Kyiv in October (from October 18 through October 26) with the support of the Hares Group and the Nemiroff Company. About 300 films were shown in three cinema houses of Kyiv (Kyiv, Zhovten, and Kinopanorama); 30 films, made by students from 25 countries of the world, 19 shorter films from 14 countries, and 13 full-length feature films from 12 countries which were shown within the Molodist Festival three contests.
The jury was made up of Armand Assante, head of jury; Alla Demidova, an actress from Russia; Andras Fesos, a film director and script writer from Hungary; Serhiy Yakutovich, an artist from Ukraine; Gaga Chkheidze, director of Tbilisi International Film Festival from Georgia, and Yuriy Makarov, a journalist from Ukraine.
Armand Assante said at the press conference, devoted to the results of the 38th Molodist Film Festival, that most of the films were made by truly talented directors, and it was very difficult to award prizes, particularly for student films, because the films were all worth being awarded. He also said that it was “a magical festival” — films by young film makers of many countries of the world which were shown, revealed advanced talent and creative approach; the major themes of the films were highly relevant — they reflected the crucial and important issues of today’s world. In Mr Assante’s opinion these films were optimistic despite their often gruesome subjects, and “gave all of us hope for a better future.”
Serhiy Yakutovych, a remarkable Ukrainian artist, said that he was particularly impressed by the film Buddha Collapsed out of Shame, which, in his opinion, was made like a documentary. There were quite a few documentaries shown at the Molodist Festival, among them — the Czech films about the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, films about Holodomor — the Great Famine in Ukraine of 1932– 1933, and films about various aspects of life in Russia of today.
Master-classes conducted by well-known cinematographers were given within the framework of Kyiv Talent Workshop, a special feature of 38th Kyiv International Molodist Film Festival, Molodist FilmBoat Meeting was a joint project of the Molodist Festival organizers, the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation (UCF) and the Nemiroff Company, which made it possible for influential European producers and funds that finance cinema production to view films made by young cinematographers from Ukraine and other countries.
Buddha Collapsed out of Shame by Hana Makhmalbaf, Iran, and Shultes by Bakur Bakuradze, Russia — Grand Prix for both (Scythian Deer statuette, diploma and 10,000 US dollars, sponsored by MSL company) for Best Film
Huddersfield by Ivan Zivkovic, Serbia — Prize for Best Full-Length Feature Film (2,500 US dollars)
Rene by Tobias Noelle, Switzerland — Prize for Best Short Film (2,500 US dollars for subtitling from Laser Video Titres)
Goleshovo by Ilian Metev (Bulgaria / United Kingdom) — Prize for Best Student Film (2,500 US dollars)
Zsolt Anger for his role in The Investigator, Hungary — Yves Montand Prize for Best Actor (1,000 Euros from the Embassy of France in Ukraine)
The Audience Award went to the shorter film Hold On by Damien Roussineau, France
Artist Serhiy Yakutovich was awarded a prize for contribution to the development of Ukrainian cinema by the International Charitable Fund Ukraine 3000
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