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Kino London Review

Vibe Live in trendy Brick Lane boasted a full house this week for the monthly exhibition that was Kino London, an open mic night for short films put together by a couple of buffs.

Vibe Live in trendy Brick Lane boasted a full house this week for
the monthly exhibition that was Kino London, an open mic night for short
films put together by a couple of buffs. The rules are simple; entries
under 6 minutes long, on DVD and ending with the Kino logo. From here
anything goes.

The venue was like sitting in someone’s front room as makers and
interested parties alike took to battered sofas and wooden chairs with
free popcorn in hand to appreciate a programme of bizarre, thoughtful
and funny short films from a host of filmmakers both new to the game and
old hands at the event.

Put together by Jamie Kennedy and Laura Shacham this was the 27th
Kino to take place and saw a combined showcase of 12 docs, music videos
and animations glued together with Jamie’s modest yet dry compeering.
Highlights included a shaky account of finding the perfect short subject
from US documentary maker Lynwood Shiva, a stop start animation
starring some Moomen, and some Trigger Happy heavy humour from hidden
camera jockeys Jelly Moustache.

Also generating some healthy chuckles was the product of this month’s
Kino Challenge. Here it’s down to the audience to submit ideas of
subject matter for a short and volunteers come forward to put the
concept into motion. Kino 26 took away “a happy film about destruction,”
and its valiant team of contributors did the night proud with, a sales video with a failsafe option for unwanted
prezzies. For a production team that had never met before this was an
unrivalled triumph and raised high stakes for the Kino 28 challenge that
promises the line “That was without a doubt, the best funeral I have
ever been to.”

Kino is one of those rare live platforms for filmmakers to get some
up front reactions, whether for their graduate projects, debut pieces or
because they just want a good laugh. A fresh and well organised
project, it’s not a surprise to see such an encouraging outcome that
doesn’t seem to be losing steam anywhere in the near future.

Filmmakers can submit their entries, abiding by the event’s very liberal guidelines, to Laura at

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