About Kinofilm™ & Manchester International Film Festival®

For more than 20 years Kinofilm™ has been celebrating the talents of emerging and established filmmakers through the Manchester International Short Film and Animation Festival® and Kino Shorts showcasing and networking events. This year’s 13th edition of the festival took place from 22nd – 28th of February 2016 and the next festival will take place in 2017.

Kinofilm™ has a unique reputation for showcasing the best short films and debut features from around the world and is  renowned for seeking out diverse, challenging and groundbreaking new films. The festival maintains a high standard with many European & International award-winning shorts featured in the Festival. It includes special programmes in low/no budget shorts, North West Shorts, British Shorts, European Shorts, International Panorama, Kino Exposed (student and youth shorts), and Kino Animation, giving new and emerging filmmakers the opportunity to have their work screened alongside that of critically acclaimed, established short filmmakers. The festival screens new debut features by filmmakers that have made the transition from short film to feature or have entered the feature industry from other creative platforms, such as music video, commercials, TV drama or Theatre.

In addition to the festival, we champion the art and diversity of short film with our monthly short film events Kino Shorts™ with occasional debut feature screenings and film education events. We continue to produce monthly events throughout the year with the next film festival taking place in February 2017, celebrating 22 years of Kinofilm.

To keep up to date with our next festival, please subscribe to our KINOFILM Festival email list here.

To keep up to date with our monthly event and associated events, please sign up to our Kino Shorts Email list here.


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Previous partners include Baby Cow Productions, Parcel Force, BBC, Virgin Trains, Manchester City Council, AGMA, National Lottery, UK Film Council to name but a few.


Manchester International Film Festival® was established in 2006 to promote the work of independent filmmakers, to establish an International Film Festival in Manchester and currently deliver the Manchester International Short Film Festival. Kinofilm™ is the brand trading name of our short film festival operated and produced by MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL®, a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales. No. 06052838

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