Now in Ireland – KinoD: an exciting new way to make films

Are you interested in Cinema? Are you a filmmaker, musician, artist, writer, or creative? Are you not? Do you like collaborating? Are you 18 or older?

Have you heard of KinoD yet? It’s an exciting new way to bring people together in a festival environment and make film, documentary, music, and art. The Kino movement is the biggest and most widespread film network in the world.

5 Reasons why you should take part in our Kabaret:

1) To join the WORLDS BIGGEST filmmaking network, and a progressive film movement that challenges the status quo.

2) To learn and experiment, try out ideas and BE INSPIRED in a risk-free, friendly environment.

3) To CHALLENGE YOURSELF and push your craft forward.


5) To HAVE FUN! A Kabaret is a lot of fun! 😀

KinoD, the first Irish cell of the Kino free-film movement.

Montreal, 1999. A group of filmmakers decided to count down to the apocalypse by making one short film a month. Well the Millennium rolled past and low and behold, the world did not end. So these intrepid filmmakers kept on going, and the Kino movement was born. Today there are over 70 Kino cells all over the world, and the movement has finally reached our weathered shores.

KinoD is an initiative that aims to break down economic, cultural and physical boundaries to push Irish film and filmmaking forward.

Kino is a non-competitive global network of creative types with a common goal; making films with little to no budget and collaborating with each other and other cells during what are called Kino Kabarets. The movement is not-for-profit and is run entirely on a volunteer basis.

This July (12th-20th) KinoD will be hosting its very first Kino Kabaret.

The ‘Kino Kabaret’ is the most important part of the Kino movement. Kinoites (participants) gather from all around the world to take part in intense film-labs where short films are made and screened in a creative, collaborative environment, and under a strict time-span.

Similar to the 48-hour film challenge, Kabaret sessions vary from between 24 to 72 hours. On the morning of the first day participants introduce themselves and pitch. Over the following few days, participants set to work making their films, and on the last day, the finished films are screened. KinoD will host three sessions during their Kabaret, and are hosting participants from countries all over the world.

A Kabaret is much more than a film festival. It is a cultural event and a mixing pot of ideas and personalities. The people make the kabaret. Kinoïtes don’t usually expect much sleep, but do expect fun, films, adventure, and friends new and old.

At the end of the kabaret filmmakers own their films and can do with them as they wish.

The Dublin Kabaret

On the 12th of July, KinoD’s first Kabaret begins and the KinoLab is officially opened. On the 21st, after 9 days of 24hour filmmaking the KinoLab closes and Kinoïtes say their farewells, until next year or another Kabaret in another country.

There will be 3 sessions during the Dublin Kino Kabaret.

Session 1 (13th-14th July) is 48 hours of film-making frenzy. At 10am on the morning of the 13th, Kinoïtes (participants) gather together in the KinoLab, introduce themselves, and pitch their ideas. At the pitching session anyone with an idea is welcome to present their idea. 48 hours later what is made is screened. Its as simple as it sounds.

Session 2 (15th-17th) is a 70hour session and a ‘silent screening’, whereby participants have the option to screen a silent film along with live music or performance. The silent screening is usually one of the most fun screenings of the kabaret and a chance to let loose the imagination. Its also a chance for musicians and performers to take to the stage.

Session 3 (18th-20th) is the final 70hour session, at the end of which is our farewell party, last chance for Kinoïtes to let their hair down before the Kabaret closes.

The KinoLab

Our KinoLab is a 3000sqrfoot room above applerock recording studio, right in Dublin city center. It will be open 24hours a day for participants and is where the magic happens. A place for people to meet, socialize, plan, edit, and nap.


KinoD started with KinoScreen. KinoScreen is a bi-monthly ‘open-mic’ for filmmakers.

KinoD screenings offer a genuinely censure-free exhibition space, a level playing-screen for beginners and experienced filmmakers alike; a chance for experimentation and eccentricity, for unexpected collaborations and maverick creativity to find a voice and flourish. Films are not pre-screened and selected but simply ‘booked-in’ and presented in an open-mic fashion.

These screenings are evolving into pitching sessions where Kinoïtes can come and pitch their ideas, to be made for the next screening; a sort of rolling kabaret. The aim is that eventually, all films shown at KinoScreen will be world premieres and made especially for and by KinoD members.

Screenings are free events held in The Exchange arts collective, Temple Bar.

The Team

KinoD is led by founder and director, George Hooker; an entrepreneurial filmmaker and seasoned Kinoïte. Also on the team is Liam Mac An Bháird, filmmaker, artist, activist, and music promoter. Paul Butler Lennox, actor and along with Ray Mongey visual effects artist both of which founded filmnetworki, run the online side of things, with help from Ross O’Niell of FilmFixx. Joseph Orr runs KinoScreen with George.

Cutting-edge cinema and a very cool group of people.

With both social and technological advances, filmmaking is now a medium that is accessible to all. Anyone over 18 who wants to make a film with KinoD or participate in their Kabaret should get involved today. The only requirements are that the film is non-commercial, under ten minutes, and an collaborative artistic endeavor. Kino is open to new filmmakers and seasoned professionals alike; a fertile testing-ground for the new wave of Irish and European filmmakers, and a living, breathing, film-movement.

‘Do well with nothing, do better with a little, and do it now!’

Kino is about movement. Moving yourself to make a film, moving filmmakers across borders, and moving forward in how we make and watch . Kino is in Ireland now, and we decide what that means. Get involved today, exciting times ahead.

Find out more on the KinoD Website or on? Facebook.