3rd Annual KinoDrome: 26 September 2020 - Virtual / Online Show (click on "2020" button for details)

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KinoDrome is: an IMDb verified short-form festival, filmmaking competition and sceenwriting contest, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Please, read everything below and submit with confidence. Kinodrome's mission is to show your work publicly. Unlike those big corporate-sponsored festivals we DO NOT believe in rejections. You will not receive a typical "We are sorry, but..." letter after you submit your film. If you follow our submission rules and submit a film of decent production value - you WILL become an official selection. The same applies to every properly formatted screenplay. Everyone's work is welcome - from any country (see details under "submit" button).

Ohio Artists!

If you're a film artist from our home-state of Ohio, we encourage you to participate. We have a separate set of Awards for Ohio filmmakers and you can visit Cleveland, have a public show of your film and possibly win an award - all without major expenses (our 2020 event is online, due to Covid crisis in Ohio, but we hope to get back to cinema auditorums in 2021).

The ART of Short-form Cinema

The standard length of a 35mm film reel is 1,000 feet (305 m), which runs approximately 11 minutes. KinoDrome accepts the most creative and superbly original SHORT FILMS, MUSIC VIDEOS, EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA, DOCUMENTARY shorts, and ANIMATION (all under 11 minutes in length) from independent artists, professionals, hobbyists, students, and amateur filmmakers - anywhere in the world. In addition to films, the festival also seeks: short, feature-length, and series-pilot SCREENPLAYS (for script contest). Your work will be accepted, so long as it includes at least ONE of the following forms of creativity:

-- very ORIGINAL narrative or experimental concept,
-- thought PROVOKING real-life dramatic themes,
-- slightly UNUSUAL subjects and characters,
-- an OPENMINDED way of artistic expression;

We have SPECIAL CONTESTS and CATEGORIES (something for everyone, click on "submit" button for details). The judges want to see (or read) something fresh, strange, scary, provocative, shocking, weird, hilarious, or maybe politically “incorrect” and nonconformist… Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “Nonconformist” as: “a person who does not conform to a generally accepted pattern of thought or action”. Be slightly DIFFERENT, provoke, make people talk about your content - because it's unlike anything else. KinoDrome doesn’t care how much money you spent on your film or video (your budget size). Your film could be shot on old film stock, or with an old camera, on your mobile phone, or an expensive high-end 4k camera. Yes, you should pay attention to some basic filmmaking techniques and rules, decent cinematography, sound quality, and overall production value, BUT, what we really care about is:

-- ORIGINALITY (fresh ideas, unique stories, unseen narratives);
-- ARTISTIC EXPERIMENTATION (slightly different creative approach);


2020 will be our third year! You might say – “just another little festival…”. But there’s a reason for “another little festival”. The “micro budget” film and media production is exploding all around the world. The equipment is available and affordable, and a lot of people want to express themselves. Therefore, there’s need for more public shows, more contests, and more festivals.


It’s a fantastic feeling to see your visual creation on the bigger screen, in an auditorium, and to be recognized by film enthusiasts (or other artists). Being accepted to screen at the film festival – you’re publicly showing your art and adding something very important to your career. The PUBLIC SHOW is the best way to present your visual art! This is super important for first-time filmmakers and film students. You're building your reputation and your content portfolio.


Screenwriters - you're the ones who create NARRATIVES. You should be more APPRECIATED by everyone in this field. So, at our festival - your name and your script's title will be presented on the big screen, too! All properly formatted scripts will be accepted. All Official Selection script titles and authors will be featured on the screen at the beginning of award ceremony! No other festival does it. NOTE: we don't provide script coverage or feedback. The goal of our contest is to give you a chance to COMPETE and possibly win an award, so you can proudly say that you're "an award winning writer".

2018 and 2019 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

2018 festival was a success. And 2019 was another success! We had close to 100 people in attendance. About 50% of award winning artists were present. Several award winning titles from our festival had additional public shows (at other festivals) and today they are - multiple exhibited and award winning films or scripts! Check out the following award winning newcomers on Google or IMDb: Carol Conley, Ayesha Abouelazm, Eileen O'Meara, Logan Fry, Al Mertens, Barsan Rostami, Saman Hosseinpuor, Stefan M. Mladenovic, Martin Mulcahy, John Maslowski, Jason Klingensmith, Bianca Cassinelli...

-- 50% of award winning titles came from female artists (unlike Hollywood);
-- we had award winning films from Iran (despite current sanctions);
-- age range of award winning artists: from 17 to 71;
-- award winners from America, Europe, Asia, and Australia;
-- many artists (and some winners) from our home-state of Ohio;
-- couple of (award winning) films were created on smartphone;
-- 20% of award winners are very talented FIRST time filmmakers!


- small dedicated and super-friendly volunteer staff;
- about 100 attendees (mostly artists and art enthusiasts);
- small comfortable venue (hotel conference auditorium);
- enough room and time to network with attendees;
- enough space/time to take pics in front of step-and-repeat banner;
- mini-mixer after awards ceremony, with FREE food (and some wine, too);


- shiny rich "executives" who are invited to praise THEMSELVES;
- annoying "popcorn" crowd who DON'T understand your art;
- posers in suits, pretending to be "important biz people";
- mainstream b/s of any kind;

KInoDrome is NOT a corporate for-profit festival where you pay high fees and don't get accepted, because "special guests from the biz" and big films take all the spots. No. This little festival is a labor-of-love, created by an ordinary film enthusiast and educator - for the sole purpose of helping less established artists. That's it.

       Festival’s Dedicatees:

  • Eadweard Muybridge, 1830-1904, an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. His famous art-piece (and first motion picture ever made) "Horse in Motion" (1878) – serves as our festival’s logo. 

  • George K. Spoor, 1872-1953, an American film producer known for his early and successful movie exhibition service, ultimately named "Kinodrome", in Chicago in 1897 – inspired our festival’s name.

       Thank you. Submit with confidence and see you at KinoDrome!

© 2018-2020 KinoDrome / Belgrade & Cleveland Media Group, LLC. 

-   Festival Logo: “Horse in Motion” by E. Muybridge (1878, public domain)

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