Kinofilm started out back in 1995, and since then has built a global reputation as a celebration of the finest short films from across the world.
Ten years on, and organisers are promising that this year's festival will be the best and biggest showcase of short films Manchester and the North West has ever seen.
Kinofilm Director John Wojowski said: "This is the biggest, brightest, busiest Kino in the Festival’s history – over 400 films, dozens of premieres, people flying in from all over the world, cinema to challenge the very soul of your psyche."
"We’ve got Kino Horror; Kino Extreme; Kino Underground Cult Classics; we’ve got films from 21 countries; short comedy films; serious documentaries; top music movie premieres with live sound systems; industry events; we’ve even got a film about Miss Jamaica getting covered in elephant poo - what more could you ask for?!!"
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This year's programme boasts BAFTA winners and global film festival winners from France, Spain, Slovenia and Salford and filmmakers will be flying in from around the world.. or getting the bus in from Hulme.
Also.. watch out for Cinemobile, Kino's mobile cinema touring Greater Manchester from 10 - 26 February.
Kino Fest’s programmes are feature length long but in each screening, you’ll get maybe 10 mini-movies. Some of the programme themes to look out for:
- KINO TALES: tales of the romantic, the fantastic and bizarre
- KINO EXTREME: a taboo-busting tour of the darker reaches of modern cinema
- NORTH BY NORTHWEST: aimed at encouraging the region's filmmakers
- INTERNATIONAL PANARAMA: includes Kino Latino, and an Eastern European Focus
- EURO CINE: biggest showcase of cutting edge European short films
- 4 COUNTRIES 1 CINEMA: some of the finest UK and Irish Shorts
- EURO KIDS: Some of the best kids' cartoons ever made
'Bluefire' is a separate strand of the festival, designed to promote cultural diversity in filmmaking, and offering a platform for vibrant new work by British and International Black and Asian Filmmakers. Bluefire highights include:
- Two UK premieres: AFROPUNK (15) - a documentary featuring the lives and stories of Black American Africans involved in the culture of Punk rock.
- FISHERMAN STYLE THE CONGOS AND FRIENDS (15) - a one hour documentary accounting for the live music reggae sessions of the reworking of new vocals on the Lee Perry’s original beat of Fisherman by The Congos
- THE JINN - Kino Wonderworld’s 5 Minute Wonder produced with Bangladeshi youths in Oldham.
- HEYDAY (15): Rachel Wang's modern day fairytale starring actor and comedian Kenny Lynch
Best of the Fest
Kino ends with the not-to-be-missed Best of Kino Retrospective Programme (4th March); the Awards Ceremony for best films at the Fest (4th March); and the Best of the Fest (5th March)
KINOFILM and BLUEFIRE are supported by North West Vision and the UK Film Council, Manchester City Council, AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) and Arts Council of England-Northwest