Welcome to Kinofilm, the North West of England's longest running short film festival. Our dates for 2018 are provisionally 24th November - 2nd December. First read about our current offers:

*NEW SPECIAL OFFER open to all Kino Alumni filmmakers (directors) that have previously screened at Kinoflim. Use the following code to get 30% of your entry - you must provide evidence that you have previously had a short shown at Kinofilm Festival (title of previous film, director, year of Festival and programme it was in). Use code: " Kinoalumni30 ". Code valid until the 30th June. Please put these details in a cover letter on your FilmFreeway entry to us stating the year, director's name (which should be the same), the film's title and the programme it was in if you can recall).

**SPECIAL JUNE OFFER. ok so you don't qualify for the Alumni offer or the Student and Youth offers? Fear not, we are now offering until the end of June 25% off to everyone else throughout May until 1st July. Just use the following June code to receive 25% off all entries. " JuneCode25 "

***Waiver code for Iranian filmmakers based only in Iran. We realise the difficulties Iranian filmmakers experience by Western imposed sanctions on their country. We also recognise the importance of new stories coming out of work by young filmmakers. Therefor our only free waiver code this year is for entries from IRAN. FREE with the following code " IranEEfreeentry2018 " Valid until 30th June.

****Also new this year: 1st and 2nd features being made by Kino Alumnis that have moved on the features, We would like to screen a couple of features this year to show the progression of filmmakers from shorts to features. Similarly to above you must provide evidence in your application that you have previously had a short shown at Kinofilm Festival.

*****Also new this year, a special youth section dedicated to young people under 18 years old; and a separate new section for short films made on mobile phones, primarily aimed at youths but also open to anyone (please stage age when applying so we can be sure to put you forward to the right section). Please note reduced fee for both Youth and Mobile phone sections - submit for just $15.

General Information.
Established in 1995 the festival is now in it's 15th International Shorts edition. Kinofilm has a unique reputation for showcasing the best short films from around the world, whilst being renowned for seeking out diverse, challenging and groundbreaking new films. We welcome filmmakers that are pushing the boundaries of the short film art form. The festival maintains a high standard with many European & International award-winning shorts featured in the Festival. It includes special programmes in North West Shorts (UK), British New Wave, Euro Cine, International Panorama, Kino Exposed (student and youth shorts), low/no budget shorts, Animation and various themed programmes, giving new and emerging filmmakers the opportunity to have their work screened alongside that of critically acclaimed, established short filmmakers.

Please note for 2018, we will further welcome short films and animations from Eastern Europe as we extend the Polish festival to include more Baltic countries.

As part of out 15th anniversary we are introducing a features section called Transitions for those short filmmakers that have successfully made the transition from short film to feature. This section is for previous entrants of Kinofilm Festival and can only be entered if you have previously had a short film at Kinofilm Festival. You must provide the name of the short film and year of the festival it was screened in.

All films should have been completed since June 2016 to present and be no longer than 20 mins.

WE ARE OFFERING STUDENTS (world wide) AND GREATER MANCHESTER FILMMAKERS A DISCOUNT UP TO 50% OF ALL SUBMISSION FEES. The discount is automatically applied when you submit your film to Student and Greater Manchester categories. Please note PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY MUST BE SHOWN if submitting through the student category.

Please note how this discount works: Students and Greater Manchester filmmakers can submit their work anytime whilst submissions are open and receive 50% of the current submission fee at the time of entry. The fee is already set at 50% discount throughout the entry period except for the extended deadline when fee rises to $25.

Please note, if your film is selected for screening in one of the cinema screenings you must be able to provide either a DCP or high-quality Bluray of your film. Please contact us if any issues with this and we will try to resolve it by showing the film in one of the other programmes not requiring either of these formats.

Aims of the Festival:

1. To deliver a film festival of regional, national and international significance.

2. To nurture new talent and support the work of culturally diverse, emerging filmmakers.

3. To attract an industry base of filmmakers and media industry professionals, to encourage the exchange of ideas and development of partnerships.

4. To attract cinema goers and diverse audiences that would not normally experience the short film art form or film festivals.

5. To focus on the needs of the regions filmmakers, visiting filmmakers and the region’s audiences.

The festival will be competitive but award prizes are only announced if and when we have secure prizes. In addition, certificates and/or trophies will be presented and off course you will honoured with the acknowledgement of being awarded one of the best films in the festival. The award categories will be:

Best International Short
Best Eurocine Short
Best UK Short
Best North West Short
Best New Director
Best Female Director
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Documentary
Best Three Minute Short
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Original Soundtrack
Best Cinematography
Best UK Student
Best International Student

After you submit your film, please remember to tell your friends and colleagues by Tweeting the news "I have submitted my film to @Kinofilm" . You can do this easily by using the Tweet facility on this site that shows directly after you have completed your entry. Please do it to help spread the news of our Open Call for Entries.

1. Provisional dates for 2018 are 26th November - 2nd December. Please note that these dates may change as we confirm up details and availability of the festival venues.

2. Please see our website for full rules and regulations (download the rules and regulations document at the following link). TBC Summary below.

3. Please note we obviously welcome premiers at the festival, please state in your cover letter if your film is a premier and it's status at the time of submission (North West / UK / Europe / World). We are not a premiere-only festival and we will consider any film regarding of its status. However, if your film has been shown previously in Manchester or you have any planned screening in the City of Manchester it will be disqualified. We may make exceptions to this rule in certain circumstances but you must contact us first.

4. To claim the student and Greater Manchester discount you must submit through the Student or Greater Manchester categories for the reduction. Proof of student eligibility must be shown and student films must be made as part of an education or training establishment (full or part-time eligible).

5. To submit through the Greater Manchester category, the filmmaker must reside and work in and of the counties of Greater Manchester. Production must take place in the North West and the director/production company must me based within Greater Manchester (proof of address must me shown).

1. Please note the various submission deadlines for which different fees apply. The early bird deadline is 31st January, the regular deadline is 30th April, late deadline is 31st May and the final deadline is 2nd July 2018.

2. On receipt of your submission you will receive a confirmation email with a reference number that should be quoted on all future correspondence as well as the film title.

3. Successful applicants will be informed as early as possible but at the latest one month before the festival if not before. Our official notification date is 1st October 2018 (subject to change). Once accepted you are not allowed to withdraw your film and you should not accept any other screenings within Greater Manchester prior to the festival or your film will be disqualified.

4. Due to the large number of entries we cannot guarantee to inform personally all unsuccessful entrants, so unless informed otherwise, please assume your entry has been unsuccessful on this occasion. You may request confirmation or further info if required and we will do our best to respond within 48 hours - time permitting.

5. Applicants must confirm acceptance within 14 days of receiving the notification (quoting your film title and reference number). At this stage please supply images of the film (no more than 3 images plus a digital poster). Please note all images that you send us should be saved in the title of the film (not something like "headshot"), remember we will be receiving hundreds of files to our downloads folder and images not sent in the name of the film will be deleted. At this stage you will also be asked to confirm the credits for director, producer, writer and main cast to avoid printing errors. You should also inform us your social media handles for FB/Twitter.

6. Projection File: You will be given a date to provide via a suitable file transfer service the digital file of your screening print (you will be notified of a different email address to send your files to).

The projection file must be outputted h264 no larger than 3GB, please do not send pro-res files as they are generally not required (and they are too large) unless your film is selected for cinema screening in which case we will request a DCP file or a Bluray (at your cost).

7. Updated information on the festival and successful entries will be announced on the festival web site www.kinofilm.org.uk and on the Festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/kinofilmfest

8. Entrants should ensure that they read and agree to the Permissions of the festival which you agree to when submitting your entry. Please notify us of any specific requests.

9. Successful entrants will receive a complimentary pass for all Festival screenings and two guest tickets for their film screening, but due to the fact that Kino is unfunded we will not be able to cover any costs incurred of attending the festival though we will endeavour to get you the best deal or in guest accommodation when available.

10. Please note if we accept your film we do not pay screening fees.

Please note when you submit your film you consent to the following:

1. TV / Web broadcasts of your trailer for promotional purposes?

2. Your film/or an extract being shown in press screening?

3. A short clip of your film or trailer, still images or details of your work being used on the Kinofilm Website?

4. You agree to your film being also being shown in any Kino pre or post festival or promo events (for example festival touring programme) with no fee *(unless you have informed us otherwise and it was agreed with the Festival Director.

NB: Please note, no film will be shown in its entirety on line. We may circulate on our site or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter trailers pre-festival and only a select number of films will be shown in a press screening to launch the festival campaign.

● I agree to screening my film in the Kinofilm festival and in other future post or pre Festival or Kino Shorts events as and when required (including press and promotional events and post festival touring programmes if selected) and without a fee. Please note we will do our upmost best to inform you of any such screenings but be aware that sometimes due to timing or technical issues we my not always be able to contact you in time prior to the screening.

● I also agree that once accepted I will not accept any other screenings of the film in the City of Manchester prior to the Kinofilm Festival.

● I hereby give my permission for any number of screenings of the above film (as above) and confirm that I am duly authorised to submit this film. I also certify that all rights and clearances for use of any soundtrack, or other copyrighted materials / images have been obtained and I release Kinofilm Festival from any liability from either public screening or other such use in any and all media.

● I understand that Kinofilm Festival is not responsible for any damage or faults that may result in the film being withdrawn from the Festival or Kino Shorts or any other co-promoted event Kino is involved in, in circumstances beyond their control.

● I also confirm I will not withdraw my film once I have signed and returned this form to the festival.

● I agree to all publicity about my film across websites and social media, including posts on Facebook and Twitter. I understand that Kino will not show any clips / trailer of the film without my expressed permission.

NB. Any variation of this agreement must be communicated to us in writing and agreed by the Festival Director.

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Overall Rating
  • rishi chandna

    I was thrilled to have my short screen and win at this festival! Even though I couldn't attend, the organizers were right on the ball in their communication and presentation of the programme. The exposure here has done my film a world of good.

    January 2019
  • Bob Findlay

    I was very impressed with the level of communication and support from the festival organisers. Thanks for everything.
    Bob Findlay

    January 2019
  • Ravin Vythelingum

    An absolutely brilliant festival in a cool venue. lots of great films and excellent programming. We were very proud to have been selected for such a great festival.

    December 2018
  • Lynnette Taylor

    The organizers were amazing. They were very accessible, communicative, friendly, helpful and I was nothing but impressed. I was sorry I couldn't be there for the festival, which is why I didn't rate the last 2 categories. I so appreciate all the work that went into mounting this festival and all the support that the curators and organizers gave me. Thank you and hope to make it there next time.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind comments Lynette. It was a pleasure to show your film.

  • Emad Mohammadi

    Kino Film Festival of Manchester is a great place for ambitious directors who'd like to present their works. It needs to be supported financially to be improved in different aspects. Care could have been taken more on invitations that should be sent for directors that need the England visa to be able to attend the festival. Overall it is a promising festival.

    December 2018