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Secret hint: show this on the door for a £1 discountKino London rears it’s lovely head once again for another open-mic night of unseen, under-the-radar, and unadulterated short films. We’ve stocked up on the free popcorn too, so come and get your fill.

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As always, filmmakers register in advance to screen their short at each event, sight unseen. We don’t watch ANYTHING in advance, we simply ask that you book your film in with us beforehand and present it yourself on the night. There are no themes, no pre-selection and no restrictions, other than:

– films must be under 6 minutes
– films must be on DVD
– films must include the Kino logo + screening number (61) at the end, just for our screening
– the filmmaker must present the film in person.

Screening slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to screen your short drop us a line ASAP at
We’ll need your name, the title and duration of your film, along with your contact details.


If you’ve never made a short, are stuck for an idea, or just want to work with new people, the Kino Challenge is a great way to get those filmmaking juices flowing.

Kino’s Open-Mic Short Film Night (#61)
Wednesday 9th April
7 Torrens Street
Angel Islington

Nearest tube: Angel
Doors at 7:30pm, films start 8:15pm
£4 entry, £3 with flyer (save some paper and get it on your phone)
Free Popcorn

The Sony Production Awards 2014 : definitely worth a shot…


Every man and his dog is running a filmmaking competition nowadays (not to mention a short film night…) so it’s wise to approach every new ‘opportunity’ with a little caution. It can be pretty hard to distinguish exploitation (and cheap advert production) from genuine support for filmmakers and reward for filmmaking talent. So it’s nice when one of the big shots comes in with just a decent competition, judged by decent people, and with a very decent prize at the end of it.

It’s easy for Sony to give away kit – they have so much of it – but that doesn’t make it any less exciting that they actually are doing so. And some very nice kit too. Winners in the Sony Production Awards can walk away with a very nice FS700RH, super high-speed camera, as well as a radio mic kit. Alongside that, the winner will gain access to Sony’s cloud-based video production and library platform Ci℠.

Basically, it’s a seriously useful prize for filmmakers across the board, be you beginner, student or professional.

Pretty much the only rule is that your film be under 5 minutes, and the categories are pretty general:

  • FACTUAL = documentaries, charity videos, reportage etc.
  • CREATIVE = whatever – you decide
  • STUDENT = any of the above

(Note that if your film contains CGI or animation this must not be more than 25% of your film.)

Judges include that unstoppable of all things digital cinema, Philip Bloom.

Submissions are open now until March 10th, and voting closes on 7th April.

All details here. Good luck!