Kinodot Experimental Film Festival

The History

Kinodot was launched in 2012 as online minimalist short film festival at Later the project has developed into independent international experimental film festival with live screenings in movie theaters and unconventional venues in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Originally films submitted to Kinodot had to match at least one of the four selection criteria*:
No Money - films made without a budget;
No Mumbling - films without dialogue or narration;
No Music - films without a music score;
No Montage - films made without editing, i.e. filmed in one shot.
*It’s no longer a requirement, rather a tribute to tradition. Yet in general we still give preference to minimalist films.

Kinodot was created to support and distribute new experimental films, and to inspire filmmakers to experiment in their own way. We promote freedom of ideas, formalism, simplicity and self-restriction as oppose to the secondary film production and self-censorship of high budget festivals. We believe that a great film can be created with very basic means, without special education or expensive equipment. We also believe that creating and following a strict set of formal rules can have a liberating effect on every artist.

Kinodot Jury Prize and $1000 for the best experimental film

Kinodot Competition

Kinodot competition includes only one category: Experimental films. There is no genre, topic or length restrictions.


Kinodot Jury Prize and $1000 for the best experimental film
The winner of Kinodot competition is decided by professional international jury.

Submission and Other Terms

The festival will take place in St. Petersburg 31.05-02.06.2019. Experimental films of any length, finished not earlier than 15.01.2017 can be submitted.

The deadline for applying to Kinodot competition is February 28. The entry fee is $8.
From the entry fees we pay the award money and cover some basic expenses, same principle as crowdfunding.

By submitting the film to Kinodot Competition the copyright owners agree that, if selected, the film will be screened up to 4 times during the festival and up to 2 more times in the next two years during non-commercial promotional Kinodot screenings.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Lyons

    I was not able to attend, but judging by the program, venue, social network publicity, and trailer, it is a very interesting and well organized festival.

    June 2018
    Kinodot logo 2017
    Response from festival:

    Dear Michael,
    Thank you very much for taking part and for writing these kind words! We are indeed very happy with this edition of Kinodot)
    With best wishes,

  • rick niebe

    A very good online festival, very good program !

    June 2016