International short film and animation festival, Kinofilm, returned to Manchester for its 13th edition.
The seven-day event aims to promote up-and-coming filmmakers, giving them a platform to broadcast their work to a wider audience.
Kinofilm Festival has an established relationship with the city, dedicating a segment of the programme exclusively to producers in the North West. Furthermore, the selection of animations, short films and documentaries will be screened in unusual venues such as Royal Northern College of Music and Instituto Cervantes.
The festival is in collaboration with other integral cultural institutions such as Manchester College, The School of Art and Manchester Film School – placing emphasis on nurturing young creative minds in the city’s student community.
Organisers have adopted an ethical approach to the event, displaying a diverse range of content and championing gender equality within the film industry through their ‘Women in Film’ section.
“In an industry dominated by men, Kino flies the flag for female empowerment”. As well as hosting a panel discussion with industry experts, the festival will be running films directed by talented female directors –“Everything from a post-apocalyptic lesbian revenge Western… to a sensitive study of familial oppression in modern Madrid”.
Although open to everyone, Kinofilm markets itself also as an educational experience for students, running workshops and networking events to develop prospective filmmaker’s skills and contacts.
As well as supporting British shorts, the festival screens a platter of international films; this year’s line up includes German, Spanish, French and Italian productions. Festival director, Klaudia Januszewska, told TNT they receive “over 1000 submissions”, meaning they can select films of the highest quality from across the UK and Europe.
The festival will be running until February 28, with alternative short films that are appropriate for independent film enthusiasts, students and families. The full programme is available to view at http://kinofilm.org.uk/.
TNT Entertainment James Skipper