KinoAdelaide is an open collective for aspiring and established filmmakers’ to come together to shoot, screen, chat and party with one another.
Our motto: “Do well with nothing, do better with little and do it now!” is seen in everything we do – there is no time like the present and the next step for artists is always to keep the creative energy flowing. We welcome all comers; no matter what your talent, experience or art – we all have something to learn from each other.
The events hosted by kinoadelaide strive to facilitate the artist’s work through freedom of creativity and collaboration, providing logistical support, filmmaking resources, a large network of local and international talent, and most importantly, a place to screen and socialise.
This group is for everyone interested in film: actors, directors, musicians, editors, technicians, photographers, etc etc etc
The collective is entirely open to any level of experience (even if it is naught, if it is just a brave gut and a good idea), and we all direct the collective where to go.
Quickie History of Kino
If kinoadelaide is your introduction to the movement of Kino, allow me to offer you a brief history of the open film collective that is local, national and international.
We start at the beginning. Though I must point out that the story may be more myth now than fact, having been in been in the chinese whispers ether now for going on 12 years. Perhaps all of this below simply came from a short film I saw at a Kino screening sometime, but it is best origin story I can muster.
The word ‘Kino’ here is not to be confused for the German (and other European languages) word for cinema. This has caused some excitement for Kinoites world over when they land in Hamburg and find a city dotted with ‘Sex Kino’. The word ‘Kino’ in the context of the collective is inspired by the Greek word – kine, meaning ‘movement’. Film is the art of movement and you can start see that kino, kine and cinema are alike.
Kino, the short filmmakers’ collective, first sprang up in 1999. All the films were short, but to keep up the energy and momentum the films began to become shorter and shorter til most of the films produced in the Kino world are under 5 minutes. It started in Montreal in Quebec, the French speaking region of Canada, and I will relate the story of the initial screenings as I’ve been told.
French-speaking Canadian filmmakers banned together in 1999 around Christian Laurence, a solid, but endlessly happy young man. Laurence and his friends fought paranoia and were fearful that world was to end as the clock ticked into 2000. With a rising level of dread, Laurence decided that his friends and himself should make short films for every month until the end of the world.
The initial group was known as ‘The Big Hug’, named such after the famous big hugs given out by Laurence to his friends. As luck would have it the name was revised to ‘Kino’ as the year wore on.
Much to Laurence’s relief/disappointment, the world did not end but these monthly screenings continued. Not only did they continue but they spread to other parts of the world in the form of individual, independent cells, each following the monthly screening format. Cells were founded across North America, in Europe, Africa and Australia.
It has even been reported of a short term cell in Peru. Amsterdam recently joined the club, Barcelona is rumoured, Kino events are planned for Africa in 2011, and if the long talked about Kino cell in Istanbul goes ahead, that will mean, depending on which side of the city it is based, a cell in Asia.
The nature of the movement is collaboration – providing a space to screen films without worries of pre-selection and competitiveness. Anyone could be a filmmaker and everyone would work together to complete films and get them screened. This is nowhere more true than during Kino Kabarets.
Kino Kabarets is an annual event done by each cell, in which the host cell brings local filmmakers (and often international guests) together to work to produce content for a screening in forty eight hours. Frequently with 3-4 consecutive forty-eight hour (or sixty hour) sessions and screenings.
Adelaide was lucky enough to have been visited by Christian Laurence and other Kino veterans from Montreal in February 2005. With enthusiastic locals, they laid the stones for kinoadelaide – a cell that has kept ticking away against the odds ever since.