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Ukrainian competition at KISFF is an impressive collection of films made by most enduring Ukrainian filmmakers. Some of them have been shooting films for years. Now they can improvise a master-course on how to deal with panic, burnout or depression.

These days the absurd circumstances of Ukrainian filmmaking have no limits. The Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency is hunted for his love for independent cinema. The Government is planning to spend 18 million dollars on production of patriotic films. Film crew has spent a year preparing production of the next film. They are yet to know that tomorrow the pitch for the national funding will be canceled. Have we suddenly became trapped in a children active game, in which we, blindfolded, run in circles.

Ukrainian competition at KISFF is devoted to fire-proof Ukrainian filmmakers who manage to stand strong in the face of this absurdity.

"Burn, burn brightly when there is still fire"



Kate Gornostai

Ukraine / 2017, 30 min


May. Lilac blossom in Kyiv. Five friends and alcohol from the nearest supermarket. You need to be brave to face your fears, but you need to be even more courageous to tell about them to your closest. Looking for lilac’s cinquefoil to eat for good luck.


Wonderful Years

Svitlana Shymko

Ukraine / 2018, 9 min


“The Wonderful Years” explores the lives of queer women in Ukraine in the late Soviet Union. It is based on the archive video materials and metanarration. 


The Fly Fishing Lesson

Cyril Jekov

Ukraine / 2018, 28 min


Tarass is 35 years old and he lives with his grandmother in an old building of Kiev. He is in a difficult situation socially and professionally. He has however a great passion, fly fishing. A passion that he will try to share with Luda, a young woman met on Facebook.