“Our viewers are our heroes, and they are the reason we do this festival” - Andriy Khalpakhchi
The The 46th Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist” awards ceremony took place at the Ivan Franko National Academic Theatre. At the beginning, the presenters focused on the awards given to filmmakers at the opening of “Molodist”. In particular, the State Dovzhenko Prize, awarded by the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nyshchuk to director Viktor Olender, while the Honorary President of the Festival Viktor Yushchenko gave the Scythian Deer to Hungarian director Márta Mészáros for her contribution to world cinema.
The Boat Meeting winner is the project “Open Door. Country”, dir. Florence Papas (Albania).
The winner of Shoot&Play is Oleksandr Shymko with “The Best Days”.
The winner of the section I feel Kyiv of the Shoot&Play competition is Mila Rodina and her work “Kyiv. Sky”. The prize is a certificate for accommodation at the art hotel “Senator”.
The Grand Prix and cash prize from Loto Zabava for 10 000 dollars went to the film by Jan P. Matuszynski “The Last Family” (Poland).
The winner of the International feature competition is the work of Guillaume Senez “Keeper” (Belgium, Switzerland, France). The Special Mention went to Zoran Boukherma’s, Ludovic Boukherma`s, Marielle Gautier`s, Hugo P.Thomas`s “Willy the First” (France). Best Lead Actor went to “Heartstone” by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Denmark, Iceland).
The best film in the International shorts competition is “Ascension” by Pedro Peralta (Portugal). “The Age of Sirens” by Héloïse Pelloquet received the Special Mention of the Jury.
The International student competition award went to the Canadian director Loïc Darses for “A Woman and a Car”. Special Jury Mention went to “The Noise of Licking” by Nadja Andrasev (Hungary).
“Blood Sausage” by Arkadii Nepytaliuk became the best film of the National competition. The film received a prize of $2500 and a certificate from UIA. The Special Mention went to the film “Everything Will Be Alright” by Antonina Noiabriova.
The main prize of Sunny Bunny was awarded to Marco Berger’s and Martin Farina`s “Taekwondo” (Argentina).
The main prize of “Molodist for Kids” and $2500 went to the film “Fanny’s Journey”, directed by Lola Doillon (France).
The FIPRESСI Award went to the film “Heartstone” by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Denmark, Iceland).
The Ecumenical Jury gave their main prize to the film “Keeper” by Guillaume Senez (Belgium, Switzerland, France). In the International student competition, the award went to “Carry On” by Rafael Haider (Austria), and “Ascension” by Pedro Peralta (Portugal) received the award for the best short.
The Audience Award of the International competition went to film “Heartstone” by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Denmark, Iceland), in the International shorts competition – to “Millions of Tears” by Natalie Beder (France), in the Student competition – to “Nabilah” by Paul Meschuh (Germany).
Andriy Khalpakhchi, the general director of KIFF “Molodist”, commented on the Audience Choice Award: “Actually, this prize should be awarded to the viewers of our festival. Those who were before our screens, those who went to the cinemas of the city – they are our heroes, and they are the reason we do this festival. What is the “Audience Award”? Our volunteers have worked in every hall at screenings of films from the international programs, and collected the viewers’ assessments – they recorded them, counted them and presented the average score, which was very high – and that is the true evaluation of our work.”
Chairman of the Independent Association of Broadcasters Tetiana Lebedeva awarded a prize in the competition “Telemolodist” to Hlib Dobaryn (Channel 9) for the film “Yes! We can!”.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klychko congratulated “Molodist” and thanked the festival’s organizers for their work in promoting cultural values.
The evening also included music from the band “Tartak”, a dance performance “Simple Things” by Kateryna Kukhar and Oleksandr Stoianov (choreographed by Rady Poklitaru) and a performance of a jazz version of a song “Tsvite Teren” by Antonio Brasileiro Johnson, head of the Children's Jury for “Molodist for Kids”.
We leave you with some philosophical quotes from some of the speakers.
Andriy Alferov, member of the jury of the National competition: “Humor is the courtesy of despair.”
Philip Illienko, chairman of the State Film Agency of Ukraine: “It is good that we are losing that trend when young people only make depressing films.”
Mykola Tyshchenko, restaurateur, sponsor of “Molodist”: “Youth and love will save the world.”
Tetiana Lebedeva, member of the Supervisory Board of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine: “Television is not only the largest consumer of film products, but in most countries it is a very powerful film producer and investor in cinema, because films can only embellish TV programming.”
“Molodist” is grateful to the partners who supported our festival financially and promotionally, including:
Everything starts in Kyiv! “Loto Zabava” - sponsor of the Grand Prix of the Festival, the International Renaissance Foundation, Jewellery House Kimberli, Premier Hotel Lybid, Lanet, Ukraine International Airlines.
Star Media, Camelia, International Wine Academy, Ilta, House Master Class, Apelsin magic café, FEDORIV Hub, INVERIA flow space, the International Children's Centre Artek, Kyiv Children’s Academy of Arts, National Complex Expocenter of Ukraine, International Foundation Caritas Ukraine, Kyiv Grinchenko University, Bruni, Johnnie Walker.
Daily Ukrainian newspaper “Den”, an illustrated weekly socio-political magazine “Ukrainian Week”, Espresso TV, L'officiel, PLATFORMA - Internet magazine about the future, First Ukrainian Informational Channel 5, VGL Cinema, Nashe Radio, newspaper “Po-Ukrainski”, Gazeta.ua, Internet publication “Detector Media”, UBR, Obozrevatel, Weekly Ukrainian Magazine, Radio Vesti, Moviegram: Understanding cinema, Cultprostir.ua – the art of being modern, Ukrainian national news agency “Ukrinform”, The Odessa Review.
The State Film Agency of Ukraine, the Kyiv City State Administration.
Lithuanian Film Center, British Council, the French Institute, the Goethe Institute, the Polish Institute in Ukraine, Unifrance Film International, AG KurzFilm, SWISS FILMS, The Finnish Film Foundation, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, Icelandic Film Centre, Austrian Film Comission, the National Dovzhenko Centre, International Charity Fund “Ukraine 3000”, the All-Ukrainian public organization “Gay Alliance Ukraine”, NGO “Insight”, Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua.
Embassies of the United States, the Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Canada, Sweden, Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Norway, Japan, Finland and France in Ukraine.