KinoDrome is:
-- PHOTOGRAPHY contest;
-- one of best reviewed "smaller festivals" (read REVIEWS);
-- based out of Cleveland, Ohio, USA (on-ground + online event);
-- listed on global database (IMDb);

KinoDrome accepts:
-- SHORT NARRATIVE FILMS (from 1 to 11 minutes);
-- EXPERIMENTAL FILMS or VIDEOS (various techniques and forms);
-- ANIMATED CONTENT (various techniques and forms);
-- DOCUMENTARY CONTENT (from 1 to 11 minutes);
-- MUSIC VIDEOS (for original songs or from live concerts);
-- FOUND FOOTAGE CONTENT (re-edited from VHS or old film stock);
-- PSAs, ADS and PROMOTIONAL CONTENT (up to 60 seconds);
-- SCREENPLAYS (any length);

The submissions open January 1st of each year (festival is in late September). Unlike most corporate sponsored festivals we DO NOT believe in rejections. You will not receive a typical "We are sorry..." letter after you submit your artwork. If you follow our submission rules - 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. We don't provide script coverage or script 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".

ATTENTION FILMMAKERS - the Art of Short Cinema!

KinoDrome accepts WIDE VARIETY of cinematic work under 11 minutes. Why "11"? The standard length of an old 35mm film reel is 1,000 feet, which runs approximately 11 minutes (cinema science). Since we accept 95% of films submitted (and show it publicly) we cannot go with longer shorts - and 11:00 is the maximum length accepted. The works can come from independent artists, professionals, hobbyists, students, and amateur filmmakers - anywhere in the world. We will accept ALL fully completed films for the show, but considering our mission - the Jury wants to AWARD the following:

-- 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. In each case, pay attention to some basic audio-visual techniques and overall quality. Regardless of "pixel quality" show us your:

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

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


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).


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 will get an Award (or 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 global contests, 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!

VENUE PROJECTION FACTS (for tech-nerds and geeks)

-- projection screen size is 9x5 feet (google-convert to metric)
-- projected with DLP at 1080p res (hard-drive to Apple QT Player)
-- sound output via wired external speaker station
-- conference style presentation inside hotel ballroom
-- 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;
- GIFTS with goodies for every artist who attends (T-shirt, too);


- the programs are shown online the same day;
- award ceremony recorded for YouTube (shown 2-3 days later);
- 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 on FilmFreeway;
- search KinoDrome on Facebook;
- search KinoDrome Festival on YouTube (clips from the festival);
- simply google "KinoDrome Festival" and you'll find the links;


It's our YouTube: 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!


"Official Selection" or every title marked as "selected" on FilmFreeway means that your submission is selected for public show. This is NOT an award. It's an acceptance to show your work at the festival.


Out of all Official Selections, about 30-40% of titles will receive: Nomination, Honorable Mention, or an Award. This happens on the day of festival's public event.

-- "Winner" means that you're 1st place Winner in your category;
-- "Nominee or Runner Up" is for 2 titles who placed below Winner;
-- "Honorable Mention" means that you're below top-3 listed above, but your work still deserves special recognition (could be several titles, based on Judges' decisions);

If you're in attendance (in Cleveland) you will know the winners in the evening and if you win something - you'll get your trophy in person! All others (not in attendance) will be notified by email 2-3 days AFTER our public event.


Our event is verified and registered December 30, 2018 by IMDb (an Amazon company) as an official juried international festival. IMDb lists:
-- Nominations,
-- Awards,
-- Honorable Mentions.

IMDb does NOT list Official Selection status, because an "Official Selection" is not an Award. If you win something (or get nominated) and if your name was on IMDb prior to entering our festival, your AWARD will be recorded there as a "win or nomination".

IMPORTANT: our festival's IMDb page was created by our team and we monitor and update this page. Please, do not update data yourself by adding false information (marking yourself "winner" if you're not). 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 at all (most unproduced writers), we'll let you know how to list it there (email us anytime). Please, follow these rules and we WILL help you.


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;


- 1st place (Winner): gets KinoExceptional Award (medal, certificate);
- Runner Up (Nominee): KinoExceptional Award (medal, certificate);
- Runner Up (Nominee): KinoExceptional Award (medal, certificate);
- Several Honorable Mention Recognitions (certificate);

SPECIAL AWARDS (given by festival director):

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

B) "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.

C) "Augie Starr Award" for Animals in Motion Picture, presented to one title (film or script) that features an ANIMAL as an important part of the story, plot or picture.


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.


After the festival we will send an email about shipping options and arrangements (for those who couldn't attend). Shipping of items is NOT FREE (due to high cost of shipping, we must charge for it - details will come in an email in early October).

- SUBMISSIONS: All submissions must be made online, by official deadline-dates (as listed on this page). Please include in your FF profile the city, state, country.
- 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. If your title is moved, it will compete for awards in its new category.
- 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. An Official Selection is not an "award". It's a public show of your work.
- SCREENING COPY: Required 15 days after official selection notification. If your screening copy is the same as your submission copy (via Vimeo or FilmFreeway) you don’t have to send another copy. If you wish to send updated copy – it must be received within 15 days of selection notification. The festival CANNOT download from YouTube (only via FilmFreeway, Vimeo or WeTransfer). If it's on Vimeo, you must ALLOW downloading on Vimeo. 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).
- SUBTITLES: All non-English films (with voice in foreign language) must be subtitled/dubbed in English to be eligible for screening and judging. It does NOT apply to music video lyrics or experimental content that uses visuals as primary expression.
- ENTRY FEES: Entry fees cannot be refunded if an entrant changes his/her/their mind later and wants to withdraw.
- WAIVERS: Free submission or waivers will be given to certain content that comes from countries under economic sanctions/wars. If you feel that your entry deserves a waiver, email festival and send your bio, artwork link and any relevant data (the festival will reply within 10 days).
- JUDGING: 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.

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 on social media sites ("Internet") and use or updating of festival's page on 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
  • Lucas Vossoughi

    Great communication from the start, super friendly and professional, a unique festival with a special view on the art of moving pictures - we were honoured to be Runner Up in Best Long Short with our film Fragments, but unfortunately couldn't be there in person (I am sure, their hospitality is as well great ...). Such a pity! Thank you so much for selecting and even awarding us!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    We really enjoyed watching "Fragments". Great cinematography! Very unique film.

  • Gregory Earls

    Thank you for the honor of the acceptance and the award! An illness kept me from traveling and being there in person, something I'll forever regret. The communication was incredible and professional. Thanks for the expirience!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Your film is very powerful in every way: story, visuals, and message. Thank you for participating and showing your work.

  • Kathleen Welton

    This is a fun festival to enter. I am quite grateful that my screenplays were included in the festival (for the past two years) and that my latest screenplay was a finalist (this year)! They have super cool certificates and then medals too if you are lucky enough to place.

    Would highly recommend this one. Thank you so much for your care and consideration.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kathleen - for your participation and your kind words. Stay motivated to create new stories and characters. We want you to come back again. Cheers.

  • Excellent competition to enter! Thank you for your recognition of my work Time, Space, & the Poet, parts one and two!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Very good script. Keep writing and competing!

  • Brit Tobin

    What a cool and unique festival -- honored to have the experience screening with KinoDrome! Unfortunately I was not able to attend in person, but all the information and communication I had with the festival is clear, thoughtful and informative. I'd absolutely recommend submitting to this festival, and I'd 100% submit again.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your participation and response, Brit. Keep creating content and come back - to show your work again.