Kino Kabaret & Screenings

Filmonik is the Manchester cell representing the Kino Movement, a worldwide filmmaking phenomenon which champions the drive to make films NOW, regardless of means. Founded in Canada, and eventually spreading the Kino call all across the globe, each cell comprises a diverse community of filmmakers, actors, musicians, graphic designers and more. No two cells are alike. Many, like Filmonik, hold regular screenings and events. But throughout the year, all members of the Kino community are host to the Kabarets.

Filmonik Kabaret Events

The Kabaret is a collaborative filmmaking festival, often described as being “part video jam-session, part filmmaking boot-camp”. Participants have a short, set amount of time to write, direct, edit and screen films publicly within only a few days. Collaboration is key, but no matter what your skills are, you’ll probably learn a few new ones along the way:

Filmonik Kino Kabaret (Summer)
      This is our week-long, 24-hour, international Kabaret. With at least two rounds, and two public screenings, participants from the UK and various other Kino cells across the globe come together to collaborate and make some brilliant short films. Throughout the week, the lab is your space to generate ideas, test equipment, edit and steal a few hours sleep between renders. It’s up to you to get involved and get busy in whichever way you please. This is our flagship Kabaret - the beast that’s birthed over 70 films each year!

Filmonik Guerrilla/Mini Kabaret (Spring & Autumn)
      Either side of the summer, we also hold shorter, and often more frantic Kabarets. With only one round and one public screening, the race is on to make the most of your time and work on something special. With limited kit and computers available, the focus is on teaming up, sharing skills and sharing kit in order to get the job done. Often geared towards weekends or holiday periods, this is your chance to take a break from the norm and make some great films while you’re at it.

The best way to find out more is simply to get involved yourself, or come to a public Kabaret screening. As with all things Kino, we want people to get active, be productive, and find their creative voice. If you’re new to filmmaking, or even if you’re a seasoned professional, the Kabaret is a great way to flex your creative muscles, meet your local filmmakers, and learn a thing or two about zero-budget, high-speed production. Keep your eyes peeled on the news page and our Facebook group for dates and updates on our upcoming Kabaret events.

Filmonik Open Screenings

The Open Screenings are a hassle-free, “open-mic” style film screening. There’s no paperwork to sign and no fee to pay. In keeping with the Kabaret spirit, it’s more important for us to get your film screened than to fuss over the particulars. We won’t hold your film ransom and we don’t pre-screen anything. Plus, if you screen a film you get in for free! We’re open to all sorts, from the dramatic to the comedic, from animations to sketches to music videos.

All you need to do is follow a few simple rules…

* Films should be presented IN PERSON.

* Your film should end with the official open-screening end-slate (a tailored end-slate will be available on the run-up to the screening).

* Films must be under 10 minutes long and ideally around the 5 minute mark. If your film is over 10, email us at and we may be able to make an exception.

* You may only present 1 film per screening. We will not screen in-jokes. Think of this as a regular public screening, just without the hassle.

* If you want to screen a film, please email us before the event at (this is so we know how many films to expect on the night - you don’t need to make a pitch; your film WILL get screened).

* You may also bring your film along unannounced, but be aware that our roster of films is often bulging at the seams. 

* Your film is your free pass to the screening! Ideally, bring your film on a usb stick or hard drive. DVDs may also be accepted. We WILL NOT play films via the internet. Blu-Ray may be accepted, but please email us in advance.

There’s no fixed lineup (all films are drawn randomly from a hat) and no lengthy Q&A sessions. Our screening nights are a hive of experienced filmmaking types who are always eager to chat about your movies. It’s a screening, networking event and social gathering all rolled into one. Get your film seen, or just come down and watch what the local talent is up to.

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