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Kino 89…Back with a bang!

When we decided to re-start the Kino Open-Mic film nights after a 12-month break, we prepared ourselves for the hard work ahead: I booked a smaller venue, got in touch with the Kino regulars to see what they were up to, asked friends to come down and ‘make up the numbers’…I planned a Tuesday night event for around 30 people and hoped for a few curious newbies…

So, by 8:15, when Alex and Dan took to the stage, it was something of a shock to have to apologise to people at the back of the queue that we were not going to be able to fit any more people into the room. It was sold out! Not only were there no more seats, there was no standing room either!

So, with a full house, it was now up to the filmmakers to introduce their films, and hopefully to entertain an eager bunch of cinephiles. They did not disappoint!


We couldn’t have hoped for a better start to Kino London in 2017. A special thank you to everyone who made it down, everyone who screened their film, everyone who helped make the night happen. I’m truly grateful. This was my post on Facebook the next day:

Wow, that was…wow. Amazed. Flabbergasted. Such a great night at Kino #89. Some amazing films, and a wonderful (and patient ) audience. We’re really sorry if you came and couldn’t get in, we just weren’t expecting quite so many of you!

And it’s given me a huge confidence boost to prepare for the next one. Kino 90. Only ten away from a century of screenings…:)

(Thank you to Lucky Mask Productions for the pics)

KINO’S OPEN-MIC SHORT FILM NIGHT (#89) // Tuesday 25th July

OK, so that was more than a short break 🙂 but the good news is…

Kino London is back!! Join us on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at The Bill Murray in Islington for another evening of unseen, uncurated, and uncensored shorts. The original open-mic film night, Kino remains the only short film event of its kind in the capital and has been running to packed crowds regularly for over 7 years. Experience Kino’s open platform for yourself, with a selection of films introduced by their makers, and the opportunity to network with other creatives and recruit for your next film project!



Kino London’s Open-Mic Short Film Night #89

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Doors open at 7:30pm

The Bill Murray

39 Queen’s Head St,


N1 8NQ

Nearest tube: Angel

£5 entry, £4 online