Kinofilm Announces Online Festival – International Spring Edition


We’re thrilled to announce that the Kino festival  will return to celebrate its 25th Anniversary with its first online premiere Edition taking place from 10th – 16th May, promising an exciting global short film celebration!

Due to COVID-19, Kinofilm has been subject to three postponements which, as an independent and unfunded event, resulted in severe losses and a great disappointment not only for us but also to the many filmmakers that have films in the festival. It’s been a extraordinary year for us all and it’s now time to put our plans for the 16th Edition of the short film festival into action as part of our 25th anniversary year – we simply cannot wait any longer!

With 200 short films selected from over 1000 entries submitted from 70 countries worldwide, we will be blasting a feast of brilliant new independent short film from talented new young filmmakers and established directors, directly into homes virtually via the online streaming platform Binge Wave for everyone to join in and enjoy our celebration of the art of short film for our 25th anniversary, showing short films from across the globe.

Our plans this year are to reschedule the Festival into two events, an International online event in May and our British New Wave selection as a live in-person event in the Autumn (subject to us not having a further lockdown). Part One of the festival will take place in the Spring (10th – 16th May) as an online event, showcasing all the international films in the festival plus our themed and category programmes which includes some UK films.  Our British section, Part Two will be presented in the Autumn edition (19th – 24th October), screening in-person across multiple venues in Manchester and showcasing the very best  of local, North West and  UK wide filmmaking talent.

Please see the list below for the programmes that are appearing in our May premiere online edition. For participating filmmakers, if one of your films in one of these programmes then you should have heard from us by now, if not then please contact us to confirm the position regarding your film.

MAY ONLINE ADDITION (10th – 16th May) 

Country Programmes.

  • French Shorts
  • Spanish Shorts
  • Italian Shorts
  • EuroCine
  • Eastern Europe & Russian Federation
  • Polish Shorts 1
  • Polish Shorts 2
  • Iranian Shorts 1
  • Iranian Shorts 2
  • International Panorama 1
  • International Panorama 2 

Themes and Categories Programmes

  • Stars In Shorts
  • Experimental
  • Documentary
  • Animation 1
  • Animation 2
  • Animation 3
  •  O!PLA Polish Animation *2020
  • Micro Wonders
  • Student 2 (International)
  • Newcomers (First Films)
  • Women in Film 2 (International)
  • International Awards
  • Horror & Weird Tales
  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi Tales
  • Romantic Tales
  • Comedy Tales
  • Crime Tales

The Festival Awards this year will be extended to present awards in all sections of the Festival with 15 Awards in our International online edition with the online Awards Ceremony taking place on 16th May. Please note the British Awards section will be announced in the October Edition.

Full details of the Festival programme and Festival tickets / passes will be announced shortly. To hear first when tickets are available please register your interest in buying tickets and / or Festival Passes by completing the form here.

Festival Director John Wojowski said: “The festival couldn’t go ahead as planned in 2020 for our 16th edition due to the Covid lockdowns, however, we now can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing films we have lined up. With the first part of the festival being online this year, it’s a chance for everyone to experience the festival, no matter where they’re from”. 

“It offers the chance for filmmakers to have their short film seen by people across the globe. Although we would like to be together in a live festival, it’s a fantastic opportunity to create a global community from this shared audience and online experience. We hope you will join us !”


For the latest info and details of Tickets/Passes please go to Festival Info


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