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The Turnpike Trail :: Make films with us at JW3!

Highgate View from Highgate park

This Spring, we’re very excited to be supporting the inaugural filmmaking challenge at new cultural centre, JW3.

The Finchley Road – built in the 1820′s and now stretching 4.3 miles – began its life as a turnpike road, intended to help horse-drawn carriages traverse the muddy slopes either side of Hampstead. In celebration of the rich history surrounding JW3′s location, join us for a unique filmmaking opportunity.

Over two weeks, challenge groups will make films relating to one particular segment of this geographical route. The results will then be screened at JW3′s Made in London festival on Sunday 8th June.

How do I get involved?

Whatever your skill set – directing, acting producing, camera, editing – the challenge is open to all.
Sign up in advance by sending us an email at, with your name, contact number and role you’d take. You must be able to attend both the meeting on 25th May, and the screening on 8th June.

Please note, there are very limited spaces available for this challenge, so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The challenge opens for sign ups on Friday 25th April. 

Then what?
Join us on Sunday 25th May at JW3 for a production meeting where the challenge teams will be assembled, you’ll be given your brief and the challenge will officially commence!

Teams will then have two weeks to shoot, edit and deliver their films, ready to be screened at the Made in London festival on Sunday 8th June.

25th May – production meeting – 10am-12noon, JW3
8th June – screening at Made in London
Got questions? Email us at



Kino London is back for another open-mic night of unseen, under-the-radar, and unadulterated short films. Newcomers can expects a mixed bag of shorts, a friendly room-full of like-minded folk, and buckets upon buckets of lovely free popcorn, fresh from the bag.


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 (#62)
Tuesday 13th May
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