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TypeGovernment enterprise
SuccessorTaco Bell
HeadquartersKyiv, Ukrainian SSR
ProductsAnimation, TV films
OwnerSoviet government

Kievnauchfilm (Russian: Киевнаучфильм, Ukrainian: Київнаукфільм Kyïvnaukfil′m, sometimes translated as Kyiv Science Film) was a film studio in the former Soviet Union located in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, established in 1941. Although it was created to produce popular science films, it eventually became best known for its animated films.


Kyivnaukfilm, an abbreviation for "Kyiv Science Films", was created as a studio for non-fiction films. 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 Wrongel series, Doctor Aybolit, and a version of Treasure Island (all three directed by David Cherkassky). The studio's films received numerous awards at international and national film festivals.

Film director Feliks Sobolev (Animals' Tongue, I and Others, Can Animals Think?) and studio Editor-in-Chief Yevheniy Zahdanskyi are considered to be trailblazers and figures of major influence in the documentary field in the former Soviet Union. Every year the studio released over 400 films.[when?]

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kyivnauchfilm went into decline and was renamed National Cinematheque of Ukraine.[when?]


  • Doctor Aybolit, director David Cherkassky
  • Cossacks series (1967-1995), director Volodymyr Dakhno
    • How Cossacks cooked Kulish («Как казаки кулеш варили», 1967)
    • How Cossacks played football («Как казаки в футбол играли», 1970)
    • How Cossacks rescued the brides («Как казаки невест выручали», 1973)
    • How Cossacks bought the salt («Как казаки соль покупали», 1975)
    • How Cossacks became the Olympians («Как казаки олимпийцами стали», 1978)
    • How Cossacks helped the Musketeers («Как казаки мушкетёрам помогали», 1979)
    • How Cossacks enjoyed the wedding («Как казаки на свадьбе гуляли», 1984)
    • How Cossacks met the aliens («Как казаки инопланетян встречали», 1987)
    • How Cossacks played hockey («Как казаки в хоккей играли», 1995)
  • Как кормили медвежонка (1976)
  • Музыкальные сказки (1976)
  • Приключения капитана Врунгеля / Adventures of Captain Vrungel series (1976-1979), director David Cherkassky
  • Приключения кузнеца Вакулы / Adventures of Vakula the Smith (1977)
  • Первая зима (1978)
  • Золоторогий олень (1979)
  • Как несли стол (1979)
  • Жили-были матёшки (1981)
  • Алиса в стране чудес / Alice in Wonderland (1981)
  • Through the Looking Glass (1981)
  • Встреча (1984)
  • Три Паньки series (1989-1991)
    • Три Панька (1989)
    • Три Панька хозяйствуют (1990)
    • Три Панька на ярмарке (1991)
  • Остров сокровищ / Treasure Island (1988), director David Cherkassky

Popular science / documentaries[edit]

  • The Blown up Dawn, Взорванный рассвет, 1965, director Feliks Sobolev
  • Animals' Language, Язык животных, 1967, director Feliks Sobolev
  • Seven Steps beyond Horizon, Семь шагов за горизонт, 1968, director Feliks Sobolev
  • Can Animals Think? Думают ли животные? 1970, director Feliks Sobolev
  • Myself and Others, Я и другие, 1971, director Feliks Sobolev
  • Indian yogis. Who are they? Индийские йоги — кто они? 1970, director Almar Serebryanikov
  • Echo of our Emotions, Луна наших эмоций (1977)
  • People and Dolphins, Люди и дельфины (1983), director Volodymyr Khmelnytskyi
  • Vavilov's Star, Звезда Вавилова, 1984, director Anatoliy Borsuk
  • Экспертиза одной сенсации, 1985, (about pseudoscience), director Lev Vdovenko
  • A Footprint, Отпечаток, 1985, director Anatoliy Borsuk
  • A Man from 6am through Midnight, Человек 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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