Kino London – Nine Years of Filmmaking Fun
Kino London’s regular open-mic film night is the only screening event of its kind in London. It all began in 2009, when founder Jamie Kennerly created the London cell of the Kino International filmmaking movement, an initiative explained succinctly by their motto “Do well with nothing, do better with little, and do it now!”
Nine years later, with a few personnel changes along the way, Kino London has grown to include regular screening events, scriptwriting workshops and even a production company, Kino London Films. We are a unique platform in that we support all levels of filmmaking, from absolute beginners through to career professionals. There are nearly a thousand filmmakers in our Meetup group, and our mission is to help you ‘write it, shoot it, screen it!’
About the Screenings
Filmmakers register in advance to screen their short film. There are no themes, no pre-selection and no restrictions, other than that films be under 6 minutes, and include the Kino London logo for the purpose of the screening.
Filmmakers introduce their film on the night, and are welcome to to discuss their work with audience and filmmakers alike. Despite what may seem like a daunting experience, Kino London is refreshingly non-competitive. We are a truly open platform for both experienced filmmakers and those finding their feet as storytellers and producers. Both industry professionals and first-timers bring their shorts to Kino, and the quality of cinema at each event is both diverse and entertaining. With such a broad spectrum of new work being screened, each event is a genuine reflection of the current output of London’s filmmakers, established and emerging.
Kino London is a partner of the worldwide Kino movement, which started in Montreal in 1999. The Kino brand has since been exported worldwide, with around 100 organisations springing up across North America, Europe, Africa and Australia.
The binding philosophy behind each Kino is the belief in making high quality video with the minimum of resources, and in a regular, supportive environment that encourages filmmakers to experiment and develop.