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KinoDrome is: an IMDb verified 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 typical "We are sorry but..." letter after you submit your artwork. If you follow our submission rules and submit completed artwork of decent production value - you WILL become an official selection. It applies to: films, scripts, photographs (read more below).


The writers create NARRATIVES and they should be more APPRECIATED by everyone in this industry. 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".


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. 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.


KInodrome was born in 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio , USA, as a non-corporate true independent 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 “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. 2018 festival was our initial event and it was great. 2019 event was another success w/more artists. In 2020 we held a virtual event (online) due to Covid crisis and we gave out the record number of awards (new categories)! 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 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 (see our website for other names).


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.


-- 50% of award winning titles from female artists (unlike Hollywood);
-- age range of award winning artists: from 17 to 77 (or higher);
-- award winners from America, Europe, Asia, and Australia;
-- many artists (and winners) from our home-state of Ohio;
-- many (award winning) films were created on smartphone;
-- 20% of award winners are very talented FIRST time filmmakers or writers!


- 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 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.


- 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 appreciates 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 PUBLIC SHOW 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" means that you're below top-3, but your work still deserves special recognition;

Our official judges are selected film/media educators, award-winning writers, producers, and visual artists. The names of past judges are listed on the website. The following process applies:

— 45 days before event we'll announce Official Selections;
— 7 days before event the judges will pick 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, certificate);
- 2nd place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy, certificate);
- 3rd place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy, certificate);
- All Honorable Mention Recognitions (certificate);

Special TOP Awards:

- "Eadweard Muybridge Award" for Outstanding Content - presented to ONE film or video, as chosen by the festival director. This film features the most dramatic, most controversial, and highly unconventional style of visual story telling; something that highly affected Kinodrome's artistic 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.

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 (people who show up in Cleveland) 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. 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 trophy shipping oprions and arrangements.

- 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
  • Jenna Cornell

    Although I wasn’t able to attend, I am very honored to have my screenplay selected for Kinodrome this year. Communication was always up-to-date and professional. I highly recommend this festival and look forward to submitting again.

    October 2020
  • Reynaldo Dumas

    This was my first time doing the film festival circuit. KinoDrome was so awesome about communication regarding the programming of the festival, as well as the changes that they were making due to COVID19. I was really glad that they didn't cancel. Overall, this was a cool festival, probably because they are willing to accept films that think outside of the box. The folks at KinoDrome really value the artist. Thank you KinoDrome. I will definitely recommend this festival and submit again with my next film.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Reynaldo, keep creating interesting films!

  • A true honor to have been included in this festival! KinoDrome was the second festival I ever submitted to, as back then I had no idea what I was doing and going off of descriptions alone, and I was blown away by the charm, warmth, inclusivity, and overall joy in the art of filmmaking that they expressed. It was the one filmfreeway email I desperately refreshed my email to see if it had arrived (finally receiving that email with good news was akin to a christmas in July celebration), and it was the one festival I was most disappointed in cancelling their in-person event (though it was an incredibly thoughtful and responsible idea to do so). Beyond the regular submission options, they included some new and interesting challenges, showing their support of some of the more experimental and strange works and giving them a chance to shine as well!

    The entire festival experience was a joy to be a part of, even from home. Wonderful communication, through filmfreeway as well as directly from the festival itself. Easy to understand dates, times, and streaming instructions made for a lovely event on the day, made even more so on a large tv, curled up in pajamas with some pumpkin pie! This festival also has the incredible addition of optional filmmaker interviews, which were so fun to create and watch, even when crammed into a small bedroom corner with tiny kit lights like I was!

    Overall, I cannot recommend this festival highly enough. A celebration in the truest sense of the word, that strives and succeeds to make every film feel included and cherished. I look forward to submitting again next year and seeing what new ground this festival continues to break!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tempest. Stay very creative and come back again.

  • Stuart Taylor

    Entering this Festival was a simple decision. I love phenakistoscopes and use them a lot with children. Muybridge used the principle to develop his zoopraxiscope and Kinodrome has a Muybridge Award. To get an honourable mention for my phenakistoscope film was wonderful. Every aspect of this festival has been top class and I hope to enter again next year.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Stuart. Cool animation, very creative work.

  • Come on down to the Kinodrome film fest. Demon dogs, self urination, surrealist bananas - they’ve got it all!
    Kinodrome festival was really a fantastic experience this year. I was genuinely impressed with all of the selected entries, as well as the wide variety of locations from whence they came.
    Unfortunately, because of covid, they had to do the whole thing online, but I personally think they did a great job. Breaking the festival down into separate videos was a good idea and I think it worked pretty well. I definitely intend on submitting again next year (and hopefully we will all be able to attend in person!).

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Davis. Say "hi" to CSU film faculty! Great job.