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 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 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.


Besides regular short films, we have exciting new filmmaking contests: 3-2-1 Film, One-Shot Film, and more... Everyone who enters these contests and follows the rules WILL be an Official Selection! See rules and details under "categories and deadlines" on this page.


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".

The Art of Short Cinema - 11 Minutes Mark!

The standard length of an old 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;

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),

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


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.

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.


- 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;


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 helps beginner film artists with IMDb database, including: film title listings, name listings, corrections, etc. All for FREE. We help first-time filmmakers. We want you to succeed. Why? Because we appreciate your dedication to finish the film and send it to small non-corporate festivals that appreciate your art.


It's our web TV 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.


KinoDrome is a non-mainstream, non-corporate indie festival that supports less established motion media artists, film students, amateur filmmakers, lower-budget content producers, under-represented screenwriters, and visual artists who "push the envelope". We ARE here for YOU. Submit with confidence.


• 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.

Explanation of terms:
- "Official Selection" means that your work is accepted to compete;
- "Official Selection" is NOT an award, it's a screening status;
- "Nomination" means that your work is in top 5 of your category;
- "Award Winner" means that you're 1st, or 2nd, or 3rd place;
- "Honorable Mention Recognition" means that you're 4th to 5th place;

Our official judges are local film/media educators, producers, and award winning artists. There are several competition categories. Five (5) titles in EACH category will be recognized! The following process applies:

— 45 days before event we'll announce Official Selections;
— 7 days before event the judges will pick 5 Nominees in each category;
— the Winners (all recipients) will be announced at the closing ceremony;

The following awards will be given in EACH category:

- 1st place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy-plaque, certificate);
- 2nd place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy-plaque, certificate);
- 3rd place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy-plaque, certificate);
- 4th to 5th place: Honorable Mention Recognition (certificate);

One title (out of all submissions) will receive the following award:

- "Eadweard Muybridge Award" for Outstanding Content - Presented to one film chosen by the festival director. This film features the most dramatic, most controversial, and highly unconventional style of visual story telling.

Our event is verified and registered (as of December 30, 2018) by IMDb as an official juried international festival. It means that every award winner (1st through 5th place in each category) will be recorded on IMDb and their award will be visible by film's title (and author's name)! KinoDrome's publicist will make sure that your nomination or award 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 our publicist know (email) and we will update IMDb's data.

All attending Official Selection artists will receive: 1 Official Selection Certificate, 1 gift TOTE-BAG or T-SHIRT, 2 festival VIP passes, an interview offer, complimentary snacks all day during festival, mini-mixer reception with hot and cold appetizers and more. This applies to artists who ATTEND the festival. 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.

NOTE: We cannot mail trophies and gift items. 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. Contact us AFTER the festival.

- SUBMISSIONS: All submissions must be made online through this web platform, by official deadline-dates (as listed on this page).
- ENTERING IN THE PROPER CATEGORY: Entrants to the festival must enter their film in the category or categories 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 an “Official Selection” and it will be screened at the festival. The decision is final and no discussions will be entered in to thereafter.
- 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. Kinodrome has the right to cancel your screening and official selection, if 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 and (if asked) can provide written evidence of it.
- SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled/dubbed in English to be eligible for screening and judging (except music videos).
- ENTRY FEES: Upon submitting a film via FilmFreeway, entrants will be required to pay a fee for EACH category entered before submitting their film. 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 filmmakers will be able to 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.


I, the undersigned (FILMMAKER or SCREENWRITER), by clicking SUBMIT on this submission site, do hereby consent and agree that Kinodrome: International Motion Picture & Screenwriting Festival (the “Festival”) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film or video submitted and 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 (and/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. I do hereby release to Festival, its agents, and employees all rights to exhibit this work in print and electronic form publicly or privately. I understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration for showcasing the film, either for initial or subsequent transmission or playback. 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
  • Michael Austin

    Bruno Tatalovic and everyone involved with KinoDrome were a delight. You can tell there is a passion for showing creative works in under-served genres.

    October 2019
  • Amingo Thora

    Hello, thak you so much for the selection of my movie 2FACES ! Truly proub for being awarded with a price among so many films from all over the globe. Thrilling !

    October 2019
  • A very welcoming festival with a friendly atmosphere and LOTS of networking. Highly recommend for emerging filmmakers.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Phil. Very creative work. Come back again with your new stories.
    B. R. Tatalovic, director

  • nicholas zingarelli

    Unfortunately, I could not attend this year's event as I am recovering from surgery. But I'd like to thank the judges, all of the volunteers, and everyone who made this year's festival possible. And I could not be prouder of my script "This is What You Get.. being accepted as an Official Selection and being prominently listed in this year's program. I will be entering the 2020 festival with my newest, and most excellent script, as soon as entries are accepted. And I hope like hell to win. But either way, I'll be entering again in 2021. Thank you for the opportunity.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mr. Zingarelli for being part of KinoDrome. Keep writing creative stories.
    B. R. Tatalovic, director

  • A very fun and unique festival with an excellent staff and an outstanding festival director.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Remy for coming back and participating again. Always nice to see your work.
    B. R. Tatalovic, director