KINO : THE HISTORY
KINO started in Montreal on January 1999 with a simple bet between friends: produce an original short film every month until the New Millennium and the End of the World. Twelve months later, these friends were disappointed to learn that the Apocalypse had been postponed, but they had kept their bet and 200 short films later, KINO was born!
Inspired by kinè, a Greek word meaning “movement,” KINO is Independence and Freedom of Expression. Its mission is to gather all artists who believe that the importance of a cinematographic work does not rest solely on the amount of its production budget. Its motto - “Do well with nothing, do better with little and do it now!”
A WORLDWIDE NETWORK
In 2001, at the invitation of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, KINO organizes its first Kabaret (see description in the Activities Section). The following summer, Kinoïtes from Montréal and Québec City recreate this magical formula in Europe and the spirit of KINO is embraced in Hamburg, Cracow, St-Petersburg and Helsinki.
The enthusiasm is contagious and KINO cells begin to pop up all over. From Munich to Paris, from Île de la Réunion to Adelaide in Australia and now Reykjavik… KINO spreads like wildfire! Today there are over 50 cells in 14 countries on 4 continents.
Driven by a spirit of sharing and a refreshing absence of competition, KINO sees itself as an experimental laboratory and a launching pad for all those who refuse to take the “traditional” production route.
WHO ARE KINOÏTES
KINO welcomes, without discrimination, anyone who wishes to undertake a serious artistic challenge. We are concerned first and foremost with artists involved in cinema, television, and multimedia, but KINO offers itself up to all those who are called to cinematographic adventure, regardless of age or prior experience.