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KINO’S OPEN-MIC SHORT FILM NIGHT (#86) // Tuesday 31st May


As Kino enters its 8th year as the most open and unique short film event in London, we’re excited to announce a big change to our screening rules.

We’ve always been a fan of the dvd, but the world has moved on and so must we! Now you can send us your film as a data file in advance of the night. We’ll still accept disks if filmmakers want to bring their film to us on DVD, it’s just no longer our only format!

Tickets £4 in advance from Biletto or buy on the door.
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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 introduce 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 include the Kino logo + screening number (86) at the end
– the filmmaker must present the film in person

As always, 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.

Kino’s Open-Mic Short Film Night (#86)
7 Torrens Street, Angel, Islington, EC1V 1NQ
Nearest tube: Angel
Doors at 7:30pm, films start 8:15pm
£5 on the door, £4 in advance
Free Popcorn!

Film Pick // Kino #84 // ‘Spectre’

Kino is a total open-mic night, and as such is a unique screening event in London. We believe it’s important that filmmakers of all levels of experience can have an open platform to screen their work to others, without competition or censor. As such, the ‘programming’ of each event is as much a surprise to us as it is to the audience! Gareth Pritchard, who writes occasionally for the Kino site, shares here his pick of the films that screened at Kino #84 in March…

Despite the very random nature of Kino, sometimes the shorts can – coincidentally – have a common underlying theme. Kino #84 was one that, for me, had a bit of a comedy thread to it. Shorts ranged from topics about Jeremy Kyle, suicidal thoughts and an off-the-wall take on DVD extras. But all took a comical approach.

But it was the ‘Core of Monkos’ who had me laughing the loudest.

Photo: Brandon Butterworth

Photo: Brandon Butterworth

The short centered around that familiar occurrence: when one flat mates thinks the other has died in a horrible train accident… No laughing matter, but the laughs really kick in when the flatmate misinterprets his friend’s return as a haunting, rather than him luckily missing the train. I won’t spoil the plot, but will say that Spectre was ‘Dead’ funny. You can watch it below. Hope to see more shorts from those guys at future Kinos.

Got something funny to say or have you noticed something amusing about modern life…? If so, why not create a short film and show it at the next Kino. Screening rules here.