What is Kino Sydney?

Kino Sydney is the home of local short (& often guerrilla) cinema. Screenings are held from 6:30-9:30pm at SUNSTUDIOS, 42 Maddox Street Alexandria.

Once a month we throw open our doors to local filmmakers to premiere new shorts (or revisit old ones). From documentary through to gorefest horror, when diving into a Kino screening it is best to expect the unexpected.

Our screenings include filmmaker Q&As, industry talks, live music, pizza, and popcorn. The screenings connect short films with audiences; filmmakers with filmmakers; and audiences with often madcap, always inventive shorts in a collective experience.

Once a year we host a Kino Kabaret, which is a filmmaking workshop/challenge. We bring filmmakers together to learn new skills, test out professional equipment, make creative contacts, and bounce ideas off each other all while making a short film in 48 hours. Kabaret is open to filmmakers of all talents and skill-levels.

What is Planete Kino?

Kino Sydney is part of an international network, ‘KINO’, of filmmaking communities that spans the globe. ‘KINO’ was born in Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 1999 and consisted of a group of impatient film students who wanted to hone their craft from practical experience. You can view the whole Planete Kino network and get in touch will different cells here.


Kino Sydney was founded in December 2006 by small, not-for-profit arts organisation The Festivalists.

In 2014, The Festivalists transfered the Kino Sydney brand to Samuel Hilton – local filmmaker and event producer.

Kino Sydney has hosted over 100 screenings, with over 1000 short films presented in some of Sydney’s leading art venues. It has produced 9 filmmaking workshops in collaboration with local filmmaking partners.


Kino Sydney is always on the look out for partnerships to add value for our community and for yours. If you feel your organisation is suited to a partner up with Kino Sydney,  E-mail Kat Johnson at kino@kinosydney.com to discuss.

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