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Government enterprise
Industry Film
Fate transformed
Successor National Cinematheque of Ukraine,
Founded 1941
Defunct 1990
Headquarters Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR
Products Animation, TV films
Owner Soviet government

Kyivnaukfilm (Ukrainian: Київнаукфільм), sometimes translated as Kyiv Science Film in English, was a film studio in the former Soviet Union located in Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, established in 1941.


It was the largest European studio for non-fiction films. The name is an abbreviation for "Kyiv Science Films", and its main task was production of popular science films and documentaries covering a broad range of topics. In addition it released 342 animated films, a large number of which are still popular today, such as a series about Zaporizhian Cossacks (directed by Volodymyr Dakhno), Adventures of Captain Vrungel series, Doctor Aybolit, and a version of Treasure Island (all three directed by David Cherkasky). The studio's films received numerous awards at international and national film festivals. Film director Felix Sobolev (Animals' Tongue, I and Others, Can Animals Think?) and studio Editor-in-Chief Yevgeni Zagdansky are considered to be trailblazers and figures of major influence in the documentary field in the former Soviet Union.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kyivnaukfilm went into decline and was renamed National Cinematheque of Ukraine.


  • People and Dolphins (1983, Люди и дельфины), director Vladimir Khmelnitsky


  • Doctor Aybolit, director David Cherkasky
  • Cossacks series (1967-1995), director Vladimir Dakhno
    • Как казаки кулеш варили. (1967)
    • Как казаки в футбол играли. (1970)
    • Как казаки невест выручали. (1973)
    • Как казаки соль покупали. (1975)
  • "Как кормили медвежонка" (1976)
  • "Музыкальные сказки" (1976)
  • Adventures of Captain Vrungel series (1976-1977), director David Cherkasky
  • Adventures of Vakula the Smith (1977, Приключения кузнеца Вакулы)
  • "Первая зима" (1978)
    • Как казаки олимпийцами стали. (1978)
  • "Золоторогий олень" (1979)
  • "Как несли стол"(1979)
  • "Жили-были матрешки" (1981)
  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (1981)
    • Как казаки на свадьбе гуляли. (1984)
  • "Сражение" (1986)
    • Как казаки инопланетян встречали. (1987)
  • Три Панька series
  • Treasure Island (1988), director David Cherkasky

Popular science / documentaries[edit]

the studio released over 500 films.

  • The Blown up Dawn, Взорванный рассвет, 1965, director Felix Sobolev
  • Animals' Language, Язык животных, 1967, director Felix Sobolev
  • Seven Steps beyond Horizon, Семь шагов за горизонт, 1968, director Felix Sobolev
  • Can Animals Think? Думают ли животные? 1970, director Felix Sobolev
  • Myself and Others, Я и другие, 1971, director Felix Sobolev
  • Indian yogis. Who are they? Индийские йоги: кто они? 1970,director Almar Serebryanikov
  • Echo of our Emotions, Эхо наших эмоций (1977)
  • Vavilov's Star,Звезда Вавилова, 1984, director Anatoli Borsuk
  • Экспертиза одной сенсации, 1985, (about pseudoscience), director Lev Udovenko
  • A Footprint, Отпечаток, 1985, director Anatoli Borsuk
  • A Man from 6am through Midnight, Мужчина с шести до полуночи, 1987, (about everyday struggles of a young professional engineer in the Soviet Union), director Andrei Zagdansky
  • Interpretation of Dreams, Толкование сновидений, 1989, (Freudian interpretation and "equation" of communism and nazism) director Andrei Zagdansky
  • Rauol Valenberg's Mission, Миссия Рауля Валенберга, 1990, director Alexander Rodnyansky

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