KinoDrome accepts SHORT content (under 11 minutes): SHORT FILMS, MUSIC VIDEOS, EXPERIMENTAL CONTENT, ANIMATION, and more. We have SCREENWRITING and PHOTOGRAPHY contest, too. Please, read everything below, including our REVIEWS (we're one of best reviewed "smaller festivals" on FilmFreeway). Check our website, facebook, YouTube... Save us in your "favorites". We ARE different and we are here for YOU. The submissions for next event open January 1st, 2022 (festival is in September).


KinoDrome is: short-form festival, screenwriting contest, and photography contest - based out of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Kinodrome's mission is to show your work publicly. Unlike most corporate sponsored festivals we DO NOT believe in rejections. You will not receive a typical "We are sorry but..." letter after you submit your artwork. If you follow our submission rules and submit completed artwork of good quality - you WILL become an "official selection" for public show.


At our festival - your NAME and your script's TITLE will be presented on the big screen as well (public show recognition)! All properly formatted scripts will be accepted to compete for awards. NOTE: we don't provide script coverage/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".


We believe that one image can tell the story, too. Or make you think about life. We have photography contest as well, so if you're a still photographer or photojournalist - look at your portfolio and find something cool. Cinematographers are welcome as well - submit one frame from your reel (from a movie you shot).

FILMMAKERS - the Art of Short Cinema!

The standard length of an old 35mm film reel is 1,000 feet (305 m), which runs approximately 11 minutes (little bit of cinema science here). KinoDrome accepts SHORT FILMS, EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA, ANIMATION, OTHER VIDEO TECHNIQUES, and MUSIC VIDEOS - all under 11 minutes. The works can come from independent artists, professionals, hobbyists, students, and amateur filmmakers - anywhere in the world. We will accept ALL works that meet criteria and look fully completed, but considering our mission - we really want to see works that incorporate:

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

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 8k camera. Still, you should pay attention to some basic audio-visual techniques and overall quality, but what we really care about is:
-- ORIGINALITY (fresh ideas, unique stories, unseen narratives);
-- ARTISTIC EXPERIMENTATION (slightly different creative approach),

Conclusion: KinoDrome is less about “mainstream and popular” content, and more about “arthouse and edgy” content. This applies to all categories.


KInodrome was born in 2018, as an independent non-corporate small festival that promotes up-and-coming film artists. You might say “just another little festival…”. But there’s a reason for “another little festival”. The equipment is available and affordable to all, and a lot of people want to express themselves. Therefore, there’s need for more public shows and more contests. At Kinodrome, we have first-time creators and many experienced artists showing their work. Check out the following award winning content creators 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, Juliette Blanche, Shaun Rylee, Mike Genz... (see our website for other names).


Being accepted to screen at the film festival – you’re publicly showing your art (just like showing a painting at the museum or an art gallery) 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.


-- about 30-40% of all selected titles may receive an Award (Nomination);
-- half of winning titles in the past came from female artists;
-- age range of award winning artists: from 17 to 77 (or higher);
-- besides regular contests for all, we also have State of Ohio contests;
-- many films or videos were created on smartphones;
-- 20% of award winners are talented FIRST time filmmakers or writers!

PROJECTION FACTS (for tech-nerds and geeks)

-- projection screen size is 9x5 feet
-- projected with DLP at 1080p resolution (hard-drive to Apple QT Player)
-- sound output via wired external speaker station
NOTE: this is a portable projection system, designed for professional conference events inside hotel ballrooms. It is NOT a commercial movie theater.


- small dedicated and super-friendly volunteer staff;
- max. 100 attendees (mostly artists and art enthusiasts);
- small comfortable venue (hotel auditorium or ballroom);
- enough room and time to network with attendees;
- enough space/time to take pics in front of step-n-repeat banner;
- gift-bag with goodies for every artist who attends (T-shirt, too);

VIRTUAL EVENT FACTS (if we run an online event)

- the programs are shown online for 2 days;
- award ceremony is webcast and recorded for YouTube;
- we can ship awards (details will be emailed);


- shiny rich "executives", invited to praise THEMSELVES;
- annoying "popcorn" crowd who DON'T understand your art;
- posers in suits, pretending to be "important biz people";
- "agents" who purchase films/scripts (no such thing);
- mainstream b/s of any kind;


- click on our website, link is under "contacts";
- read reviews written by past participants, here on FilmFreeway;
- visit our Facebook page (search KinoDrome on Facebook);
- search YouTube channel called KinoDrome (clips from the festival);
- simply google "KinoDrome Festival" and you'll find the links;


It's our YouTube show: interviews w/filmmakers, coverage of award presentation, and more. If you attend, you can be interviewed, be on the show, and earn an IMDb credit for participating. We also have "video greeting" option (you can send 1-minute promotional video to talk about your art - shown at the festival and web as well).


Once you become an Official Selection, you can always expect additional help from us. The festival director Bruno Tatalovic (film producer himself) is also an IMDb "tenured contributor" and he assists beginner film artists with navigating and updating their IMDb page, including: film title listings for first-timers, name listings, corrections, etc. All FREE! Just email us with a subject "IMDb" (more info about IMDb below, under "Awards").


• 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.


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 their expensive 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. We ARE here for YOU. Submit with confidence!

NOTE: "Official Selection" status or every title marked as "selected" on FilmFreeway is NOT an award. It's a "public show" status for all accepted works. Out of all Official Selections - about 30-40% of titles will receive either Nomination, Honorable Mention, or an Award. This happens on the day of festival's public event. If you status changes from "selected" to "Nominee / Award / Honorable Mention", you will be notified by email AFTER the festival.


- "Nomination" means that your work is in top-3 in its category;
- "Winner" means that you're 1st place Winner in your category (1 title);
- "Nominee or Runner Up" means that you're 2nd place (2 titles share it);
- "Honorable Mention" means that you're below top-3, but your work still deserves special recognition (could be several titles, based on Judges' decisions);


IMDb lists all Nominations, Awards and Honorable Mentions (does NOT list Official Selection status). Your new recognition will be recorded on IMDb - visible by title (and author's name)! * * * IMPORTANT: please, let Kinodrome staff update and manage festival's IMDb page. Do not update data yourself by adding false information (or "self-nominating"). As pointed out above, if you have questions about our IMDb page and awards, or you notice something that needs to be changed - CONTACT FESTIVAL. KinoDrome's publicist will make sure that your NOMINATION, AWARD or HONORABLE MENTION is properly recorded on IMDb. We record the name of artwork's initial submitter (usually film director, or screenwriter), but, if you want to share your award with another artist, or need to correct data - let us know (email) and we will update IMDb's data. If your name is NOT on IMDb yet, we'll let you know how to list it there (email us). Please, follow these rules and we WILL help you. Our event is verified and registered (as of December 30, 2018) by IMDb as an official juried international festival.


Our official judges are selected film or media educators, award-winning writers, producers, and visual artists. The names of past judges are listed on the website. The following process applies:
— once we collect all accepted titles, the Judges will begin their work;
— the Judging process takes 2-3 weeks (before festival's event);
— the Winners (all recipients) will be announced at the closing ceremony;

The following Awards will be given in EACH category:

- 1st place (Winner): KinoExceptional Award (trophy, certificate);
- Runner Up (Nominee): KinoExceptional Award (trophy, certificate);
- Runner Up (Nominee): KinoExceptional Award (trophy, certificate);

In addition (the ones that scored high as well, but not in Top-3):
- Several Honorable Mention Recognitions (certificate);

SPECIAL AWARDS (given by festival director):

-- "Eadweard Muybridge Award" for Outstanding Content, presented to ONE film or video with a "strong message or higher impact", as chosen by the festival director.

-- "The Sallie Gardner Award" for Most Productive Creator, presented to one writer or director who submitted VARIOUS titles (not only 1 title) of high quality, as chosen by the festival director.


All attending Official Selection artists (people who show up in Cleveland) will receive: 1 Official Selection Certificate, 1 gift TOTE-BAG with goodies, 1 festival T-SHIRT, 1 festival VIP pass. If you can't attend, you can send your "representative" (crew/cast member, family member, or friend) and he/she will get the same treatment. SHIPPING: We cannot mail trophies and gift items due to high cost. We are an independent donation-based event, and our budget is limited, But, if you're far away and you can't travel because of your financial situation, there's a possibility to make some arrangements in those situations. After the festival we will send an email about shipping options and arrangements.

- SUBMISSIONS: All submissions must be made online, by official deadline-dates (as listed on this page). Please include in your profile the city, state, or country you are representing.
- ENTERING IN THE PROPER CATEGORY: Entrants to the festival must enter their film in the category that they rightfully fit in to. The festival reserves the right to place your film into another category that's better suited for your film.
- OFFICIAL SELECTION: Once the official selection has been announced, successful applicants will be notified via email that their entry is “selected” and it will be screened at the festival.
- SCREENING COPY: Required 15 days after official selection notification. If your screening copy is the same as your submission copy (submitted and available to download via Dropbox, Vimeo, or FilmFreeway) you don’t have to send another copy. If you wish to send different screening copy – it must be received within 15 days of official selection notification. The festival CANNOT download from YouTube (you MUST send another copy via Dropbox or WeTransfer) or locked Vimeo channels (you must ALLOW downloading on Vimeo or send it via Dropbox or WeTransfer). Kinodrome has the right to cancel your screening and official selection, if NO copy arrives and NO copy is available for download 15 days after you’re notified.
- EXCERPTS: By entering this festival, entrants reserve the right for Kinodrome to screen excerpts from their films for promotion (festival teaser video).
- RIGHTS: The producer and/or director must have the rights to the material (music, script, images) used in the film.
- SUBTITLES: All non-English narrative films (featuring story related voices) must be subtitled/dubbed in English to be eligible for screening and judging. It does NOT apply to music videos or experimental content that uses visuals as primary expression.
- ENTRY FEES: Entry fees cannot be refunded if an entrant changes his/her mind later and wants to withdraw.
- WAIVERS: Free submission or waivers will be given to certain productions that come from countries under economic sanctions or countries in wars. If you feel that your entry deserves a WAIVER, email festival and send your bio, artwork info, and any relevant data (the festival will reply within 10 days).
- JUDGING for CONTEST AWARDS: All films will be viewed by a judging panel (at the festival) appointed by Kinodrome. All judging decisions are final, and no discussions will be entered in to thereafter. The artists may be able meet judges in person, at the festival.
- CATEGORIES: KinoDrome reserves the right to move certain titles from one category to another. If your title is moved, it will compete for awards in its new category.

AGREEMENT (standard legal text - protecting artists and festivals):

I, the undersigned ("Artist"), by clicking SUBMIT on FilmFreeway site, do hereby consent and agree that Kinodrome (the “Festival”) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any video accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. I, the undersigned, did register my written content (the “Screenplay”) with the U.S. Copyright Office (or my native country’s copyright body) prior to submission, and hold harmless the Festival, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright violation of my Screenplay. I further consent that my name and identity may be revealed therein or by descriptive text or commentary for public show purposes. I do hereby release to Festival, its agents, and employees all rights to exhibit this work in print and electronic form publicly or for Judging purposes. I understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration for showcasing the film, either for initial or subsequent transmission or playback. I further agree to follow festival rules and terms regarding the use of festival's name in social media sites posts and global database ("IMDb"). I represent that I am at least 18 years of age, have read and understand the foregoing statement, and am competent to execute this agreement.

Overall Rating
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    I am so honored to win an award from KinoDrome. This is a really cool festival. A beautifully curated and diverse choice of films and filmmakers, well screened and honored, even and especially in the climate of the pandemic. KinoDrome shows a genuine dedication to supporting and celebrating the art of cinema, avant garde film and the truly independent and anarchic spirit of film. It's a really swell festival and I genuinely enjoyed being part of it. Thanks!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Aww, thank you so much. We really appreciate your participation. Thank you for being our friend and stay creative!

  • Shane Thompson

    I had a wonderful experience at KinoDrome. It was very professionally run, and everybody was incredibly kind. It's one of those festivals that really supports creators. Communication was excellent, and that's always a plus! I'll be submitting again next year for sure!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Shane - great to see you here. Come back again, buddy.

  • Shaun Rylee

    KinoDrome holds a special place in my heart. It feels like a family of supportive champions of film and creators experiencing it in person. Bruno and team also appreciate all kinds of lovely art and see the careful crafting behind the originality in its narrative. Bravo, KinoDrome, for creating an atmosphere of high-brow freedom for us to spread our wings and feel utterly appreciated in the process. Thank you for inviting 'Vol et Nocturne' and now ‘You Don’t Deserve This’ into the KinoDrome family with KinoExceptional recognitions. I'll never forget you.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Shaun - for kind words and for coming to Cleveland! Make that movie. Cheers.

  • Adam Langdon

    It was great to be a part of this festival. Such kind people and great communication. Thanks for letting me participate!

    October 2021
  • Kinodrome is an awesome festival, with friendly communication and original program! We are happy that our film "Dislocations" took part in this cool event and won an award)) Thank you!!!

    October 2021