“Do well with nothing, do better with little,
do it now!”
What is Kino?
Kino is the largest independent filmmaking movement in the World. It was born in 1999 in Quebec when 15 filmmakers got together and decided they were not gonna sit around and wait for some benevolent millionaire to produce their next film. Instead they decided to make short films every month for a year, and to screen the films publicly. The screenings were an instant success. Everyone was captured by the energy and atmosphere. The filmmakers soon became 80 and as the audience grew each time, they were forced to rent increasingly bigger venues. Two years later they came up with the Kino Kabaret concept.
What is a Kino Kabaret?
A Kino Kabaret is a collaborative filmmaking event, where filmmakers from around the world (writers, actors, DOPs, sound designers, editors, dancers, technicians, costume designers, scenographers, make-up artists, musicians, film lovers…) meet in one place, the Kino Lab, and create short movies in sessions generally of 48/72 hours.
“Whaaaat?” True story.
At the beginning of each new session, anyone who wants to make a short film can present his/her idea to the group. (S)he describes the outlines of the story and the cast/crew/gear needed to shoot it, more or less like this:
“I’d like to make a David Lynch kinda thing, but without dwarfs… purple. I need 2 actors, a DOP, a sound guy, a horse and an inflatable armchair.”
It’s not a joke. It happens.
When all the films have been presented, people gather spontaneously into mini-crews and start shooting their films. Actors think they’re superheroes and sign up for 15 different projects; directors shamelessly lie to their cast & crew “Don’t worry I don’t need a script, I’ve got it all in my head”; costume designers find out they’re amazing dancers and sound designers find out they’re natural born actors; somewhere in a corner someone is painting somebody else blue. “Uh?” I’m not shitting you.
Everybody gets back to the Kino Lab and starts editing their films. People gulp down gallons of coffee to get through the night. Suddenly it’s 48 hours later, you have a beard, you stink and you’ve got your laptop keyboard printed on your face. Somebody shouts through a megaphone:
“Export your films now! Projection starts in one hour!”
There’s no time to even scan through your film and check your edit. You download some random piece of music from CreativeCommons and wack it on your timeline, you stick the Kino Napoli logo at the end, click export and give your file to the man. Well done. Go grab yourself a beer.
The films are screened in pubblic. You’ve left 45 seconds of black at the beginning, but what the hell, it’s your first film and guess what? You wrote it, shot it and edited it in 48 hours!!! Go grab yourself another beer.
You eat some pizza, check out the cute sound designer at the bar, drink beer, exchange opinions about the screening.
“Wow, you’re film was fucking cool! Especially the dwarf, brilliant!”
You go to bed, try to catch a couple of hours sleep, extremely proud and a bit drunk. Not too drunk though, ‘cause next morning you’re back at the Kino Lab ready for another session!
Kino Kabarets are non competitive. We shoot films cause we love doing it, collaborating with crazy people from around the world, sharing and learning new skills, taking risks. Limitations of time, budget and resources are not obstacles, but an opportunity for creativity, collaboration and experimentation.