KATERYNA GORNOSTAI - Stop-Zemlia - First Cut Lab


Director (Ukraine)


Kateryna Gornostai is a director, writer and film editor. 

She was born in Lutsk, Ukraine on March 15, 1989, and is now living in Kyiv.

She has studied filmmaking at Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s School of Documentary Film and Theatre, and started her career as a documentary filmmaker in 2012.

Subsequently, she shifted to fiction films and hybrid forms.
Film critics notice her style and ability to portray life without artificiality.

Now, she also teaches documentary filmmaking at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’s School of Journalism.



2021 Stop-Zemlia – Director & Writer (Fiction feature film) – World Premiere: Berlin International Film Festival (Generation 14plus)

2018 Crocodyl / Crocodile – Director & Writer (Fiction short film)

2017Buzok / Lilac – Director & Writer (Fiction short film) – a Special Jury Mention and the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Ukrainian Short Film at 2017 Odesa International Film Festival

2015Skriz Maidan / Maidan is everywhere – Director & Cinematographer (Middle-length documentary) – Andriy Matrosov Award at 2015 Docudays UA Festival


2015Viddalik / Away – Director & Cinematographer (Fiction short Film) – Best Ukrainian Film at 2015, Wiz-Art Film Festival, Best Acting at 2015 Odesa International Film Festival, and Best Ukrainian Short at 2015 Molodist International Film Festival.

2014 Euromaidan, Chornovy Montazh / Euromaidan, Rough Cut – Director & Cinematographer of two novels (Documentary anthology feature film)

2013Mizh Namy / Between us –  Director & cinematographer (Documentary short film)