Festival History

American Independence Film Festival (AIFF) was inaugurated in Kyiv in November 2011, under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Ukraine. A tribute to the great movie-making tradition of the United States, AIFF showcases a dynamic mix of American feature and documentary films that tell America’s story by highlighting its diversity and values, and demonstrating the power of independent thought.

In keeping with its mission, AIFF is more than just a film festival, it s is a forum for exploring the potential of great films to change the world and the ability of filmmakers to address some of society’s most urgent issues through art and entertainment.  AIFF strives to go beyond the movie screen by allowing viewers to become participants in the filmmaking process.  An integral part of each AIFF is a parallel program of thematic panels and workshops designed to enrich the film festival experience for enthusiasts and offer unique opportunities for young filmmakers to interact with accomplished professionals.