Ukraine's Molodist coming soon in Kiev

13 films to compete for Scythian Deer statuette

MOSCOW -- Despite the political turmoil stemming from last week's disbanding of Ukraine's parliament, it will be business as usual for the International Film Festival Molodist when it kicks off its 38th edition Saturday in Kiev.

The festival, which originated in Soviet times and survived the collapse of Communism, has preserved its focus on young filmmakers -- who compete in three categories: student film, first professional short film and first feature film.

The international jury, headed by actor Armand Assante, will choose the best first feature from 13 films representing Eastern Europe as well as the U.S., France, Canada and Iran. The winner will receive a Scythian Deer statuette Oct. 26.

Among the contestants are Bakur Bakuradze's "Sultes," the winner of the main prize at this year's Kinotavr festival in Russia, and Brigitte Maria Bertele's "Night Before Eyes," the winner of the German First Steps Award.

Among the fest's other notable programs are Serbian New Wave -- presented by director Emir Kusturica -- and French Cinema Today.