KYIV CRITICS’ WEEK is an international film festival created to introduce Ukrainian viewers to the best new films selected by professional Ukrainian film critics. The festival program includes films from the line-ups of this year’s major world film festivals, as well as films that have had a significant impact on the history of cinema or are dedicated to prominent figures of cinema.

After each screening, the audience will have a discussion with a film critic.


Prominent Ukrainian film critics act as curators:
  • Daria Badior

    Film critic, editor. Published in Ukrainian and international publishers: Suspilne Kultura, Dwutygodnyk, Osteuropa, Kino Raksti and others. Co-founder of the Union of the Ukrainian film critics.

  • Stanislav Bytiutskyi

    Film critic, director. Head of the scientific and program department of the Dovzhenko Center. Published in Ukrainian and international publications about cinema and culture.

  • Serhiy Ksaverov

    Film critic. Member of the International Film Press Association (FIPRESCI) and the Union of the Ukrainian film critics. He’s a regular contributor to LB.UA and DTF MAGAZINE.

  • Anna Datsiuk

    Film critic, lecturer of the course on cinema at the Cultural Project, and curator of the cinema hall at the SWEET.TV online platform.


Zhovten Cinema is a cult place for several generations of Kyiv cineastes.

It opened in 1931 as “Deviate Derzhkino” (“Ninth State Cinema”). Over the years, the building has been re-peatedly reconstructed. Not only the technical equipment was updated, but the building itself transformed several times. During the Nazi occupation, the building retained its purpose, only its name was changed to “Gloria”. In 1943, after the liberation of Kyiv, the cinema received its current name.

Initially, the Zhovten cinema planned to show silent films. The opening film – Hegemon – was silent. The largest of its cinema’s screening halls was named after this film. In the last decades of the XX century, the cinema has occupied a special niche in the cinematic space. It has become a hub, where viewers discover the best works of world and Ukrainian cinema, various festival programs, previews, creative meetings and retrospectives.