september, 2019

28sepAll DayKinoDrome FestivalEvents:Film Festival


All Day (Saturday) EST


CSU School of Film & Media Arts

1375 Euclid Ave, Suite 600


Event Details

KinoDrome accepts the most creative and superbly original SHORT FILMS, MUSIC VIDEOS, EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA, DOC/NEWS VIDEOS, and ANIMATION (all under 12 minutes in length) from independent artists and student filmmakers anywhere in the world. In addition to films, the festival also seeks: short, feature-length, and series-pilot SCREENPLAYS (for script contest). We are interested in films and scripts in any genre or style, so long as it includes at least ONE of the following forms of creativity:

— very ORIGINAL narrative or experimental concept,
— thought PROVOKING real-life dramatic themes,
— slightly UNUSUAL subjects and characters,
— an OPENMINDED way of artistic expression;

The judges want to see (or read) something fresh, or strange, or scary, or provocative, or shocking, or weird, or hilarious, or maybe politically “incorrect” and nonconformist… Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “Nonconformist” as: “a person who does not conform to a generally accepted pattern of thought or action”. Be slightly DIFFERENT, provoke, make people talk about your content – because it’s unlike anything else.

KinoDrome doesn’t care how much money you spent on your film or video (your budget size). We don’t care if you shot it on old film stock, or with an old camera, or on your mobile phone, or an expensive high-end 4k camera. Yes, you should pay attention to some basic filmmaking techniques and rules, decent cinematography, sound quality, and overall production value, BUT, what we really care about is:

— ORIGINALITY (fresh and unique visual narrative),
— ARTISTIC INNOVATION (slightly different audio-visual approach),

Conclusion: KinoDrome is less about “mainstream popcorn” content, and more about “arthouse and edgy” content. This applies to all categories.


• Eadweard Muybridge, 1830-1904, an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. His famous art-piece (and first motion picture ever made) Horse in Motion (1878) – serves as our festival’s logo.
• George K. Spoor, 1872-1953, an American film producer known for his early and successful movie exhibition service, ultimately named Kinodrome, in Chicago in 1897 – inspired our festival’s name.


2019 is our second year. You might say – “just another little festival…”. But there’s a reason for “another little festival”. The “micro budget” film and media production is exploding all around the world. The equipment is available and affordable, and a lot of people want to express themselves. Therefore, there’s need for more public shows, more contests, and more festivals.


It’s a fantastic feeling to see your visual creation on the big screen, in an auditorium, and to be recognized by film enthusiasts (or other artists). Being accepted to screen at the film festival – you’re publicly showing your art and adding something very important to your career. The PUBLIC SHOW is the best way to present your visual art! This is super important for first-time filmmakers and film students. You’re building your reputation and your content portfolio.


You’re the ones who create NARRATIVES. You should be more APPRECIATED by everyone in this field. So, at our festival – your name and your script’s title will be presented on the big screen, too! All Official Selection script titles and authors will be featured on the screen at the beginning of award ceremony! No other festival does it.


2018 festival was a success. We had close to 100 people in attendance. About 50% of award winning artists were present. Several award winning titles from our festival had additional public shows in 2018 (at other festivals) and today they are – multiple award winning films and scripts! Check out the following award winning newcomers on IMDb: Carol Conley, Ayesha Abouelazm, Eileen O’Meara, Logan Fry, Al Mertens, Barsan Rostami, Saman Hosseinpuor, Stefan M. Mladenovic…

— about 60% of award winning titles came from female artists;
— we had 2 award winning films from Iran (despite current sanctions);
— age range of award winning artists: from 17 to 71;
— award winners from America, Europe, Asia, and Australia;
— many artists (and some winners) from our home-state of Ohio;
— couple of (award winning) films were created on smartphone;
— about 20% of award winners are very talented FIRST time filmmakers!


– small dedicated and friendly volunteer staff;
– about 100 attendees (mostly artists and art enthusiasts);
– small comfortable venue;
– enough room and time to talk to everyone;
– enough space/time to take pics in front of step-and-repeat banner;


– tuxedos and shiny rich “executives”;
– huge and annoying “popcorn-movie” crowd;
– fake posers pretending to be “biz people”;
– mainstream b/s of any kind;


– click on our website, link is under “contacts” on the left;
– read festival reviews below;
– visit our Facebook page (search KinoDrome on Facebook);
– search YouTube channel called KinoDrome (clips from the festival);


Once you become an Official Selection, you can always expect additional help from us. The festival director Bruno Tatalovic (film producer himself) is also an IMDb “tenured contributor” and he helps beginner film artists w/database, including: film title listings, name listings, corrections, etc. All for FREE. We help first-time filmmakers. We want you to succeed. Why? Because we appreciate your dedication to finish the film and send it to small time non-corporate festivals.


It’s our web TV show: interviews w/filmmakers, coverage of award presentation, and more. If you attend, you can be interviewed, be on the show, and earn an IMDb credit for participating.

Submit with confidence.


Our event is verified and registered (as of December 30, 2018) by IMDb as an official juried international festival. It means that every award winner and nominee will be recorded on IMDb and their award will be visible by film’s title (and author’s name)!

Our official judges are local film/media educators, producers, and award winning artists. There are several competition categories. Five (5) titles in EACH category will be recognized! The following process applies:

— 45 days before we’ll know Official Selections (up to 10 in each cat.);
— 7 days before event, the judges will pick 5 Nominees in each category;
— the Winners (all recipients) will be announced at the closing ceremony;

The following awards are to be given at the ceremony (in EACH cat.):

– 1st place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy-plaque, certificate);
– 2nd place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy-plaque, certificate);
– 3rd place: KinoExceptional Award (trophy-plaque, certificate);
– 4th to 5th place: Honorable Mention Certificate (given to 2 titles);
– “Eadweard Muybridge Award” for Outstanding Content
(given to ONE OUTSTANDING title, as judged by festival’s director)

All attending Official Selection artists (who come to festival) will receive: 1 Official Selection Certificate, 1 gift TOTE-BAG or T-SHIRT, and 2 passes (when you arrive and register at the table); NO shipping available.

NOTE: We cannot mail trophies and gift items. We are an independent donation-based event, and our budget is limited, BUT, if you’re far away and you can’t travel because of your financial situation, we WILL make some arrangements in those situations – to ship awards to you (if you win, of course). 🙂

CSU School of Film & Media Arts1375 Euclid Ave, Suite 600At Cleveland State University, Ohio’s first standalone film school is preparing tomorrow’s filmmakers for success by helping them hone their skills as they create original film and media content.

Reader Interactions