The Kino Short Film Festival celebrates the art of short filmmaking by independent and student filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest, giving them a venue to share their work with an audience. Films of ten minutes or less in any genre are accepted: narrative, documentary, animation, music videos, and experimental. Each spring in Moscow, Idaho, we host filmmakers and fans at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, and now streaming online as well at

We only accept work created in or by filmmakers from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.

The festival is supported by the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, the University of Idaho, and its Film & Television program, along with the School of Journalism and Mass Media.

The 2023 festival will be held on Friday evening, April 28th starting at 6:30 pm and can be viewed online at

The jurors will recognize the following:

-Best Film
-Runner Up - Best Film
-Best Student Film
-Runner Up - Best Student Film

-Best Acting
-Best Cinematography
-Best Sound

The audience will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite film, which will be recognized as the Audience's Choice Award.

(These awards and categories may be revised prior to our event)


All films must be produced within the past two years.

All films must be ten minutes or less in length.

Again, Only films made in or by filmmakers from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington may be submitted.

All entrants submitting acknowledge they hold the copyright to their work and have clearances and permissions for any intellectual property included in their film (music, etc.)

Upon acceptance into the festival, the filmmaker must make a downloadable copy of their film available for Kino Short Film Festival on FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • An absolutely fantastic and gracious venue in a great town. A dinner for filmmakers and guests was a great starter for the evening.
    The theater for the festival was sold out!
    Some 200 plus film fans. I totally was impressed by the University of Idaho staff and volunteers that worked hard to produce a memorable evening.

    May 2023
  • Arlie Sommer

    It was so much fun to connect with film students and professionals from the Northwest. Thank you Kino for being such gracious hosts!

    May 2023
  • Nate Fieldson

    KINO did a wonderful job of getting filmmakers and avid filmgoers together. The festival programming was among the most streamlined I have seen.

    All of the people putting it on -- From students to faculty -- Were very kind and hospitable, and seemed genuinely excited that we were there.

    There was plenty of breaks between each section of the itinerary, and it never felt too rushed or exhausting.

    I will definitely submit future projects here!

    May 2023
  • An amazing festival with amazing people. Very welcoming and showed great shorts. The communication with the festival was very good!

    May 2022
  • Jim Ereaux

    A great festival with a smattering of short films of all types. Communication with the festival director was prompt and excellent. I especially enjoyed the film maker Q&As, the moderator was excellent.

    May 2021