Kino #99: Open-Screen Film Night

Kino Sydney returns on Monday 12 October, chock full of: local short films; filmmaker Q&As; featured filmmaker for Q&A session; live music; pizza; baked goods; lucky door prizes; and more. Everything kicks off from 6pm at 107 Projects. Tickets are $10 and strictly limited.

Come cheer on as first time filmmakers, local favourites, and seasoned pros strut their stuff and premiere new short films. Tickets are only $10 AND includes food. Buy online and save your seat. Please note that Kino Sydney is an 18+ event.

FILMMAKERS: Kino Sydney is city’s only open-screen film night. We will screen your film no matter style, genre or level of expertise. Just book a slot and receive FREE access to the screening party. Register now.

Want to be part of a filmmaking team working on a project for Kino #99? Come along to Kino Creates #2: our new networking night on Wednesday 16 September.

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Kino #98: Open-Screen Film Night

11013028_1042055355805604_868158672741111364_nKino Sydney returns chock full of colourful, sometimes gonzo, and always-inventive short films.

Come cheer on as first time filmmakers, local favourites, and seasoned pros strut their stuff and premiere new short films.

Tickets are only $10 and include short films, filmmaker Q&As, live music, giveaways and pizza. Buy online or grab one on the door (if there are any left)

Filmmakers: Kino Sydney is city’s only open-screen film night. We will screen your film no matter style, genre or level of expertise. Just book a slot and receive free access to the screening party. Register now:https://kinosydney.com/screen-a-film/

Want to be part of a filmmaking team working on a project for Kino #98? Come along to our production meeting slash networking night on Wednesday 12 August: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680908678807951/

10 tips for casting your next short film

10959597_948777428466731_7462286224999387591_nAre you ready to leave behind casts made up by your family and friends? Take the next step in casting your short film with our tips below: based on years of facilitating local filmmaking. We prepared this in response to the lack of casting advice elsewhere.

1. Come to the next Kino Sydney screening and spend the pre-show, intermission, and post-show time to meet actors.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Of course we were going to plug our own activities but Kino Sydney Open Screen Film Nights are a great place to meet actors.

I say this from the years I spent as a regular punter of Kino Sydney. I’ve met and worked with actors who became something of muse and we shared long lasting creative relationships.

Kino Sydney attracts plenty of actors who want to meet filmmakers for experience and footage for their show reels. The actors from the films screening that night are often in attendance. You have the advantage of seeing their work on the big screen before approaching them to take on heroine role in your next epic. Just come ready to chat.

2. Sign up for an online casting forum

StarNow is an amazing resource that keeps its talent directory full of profiles and headshots. Have a browse around see who might suit your script. It does cost to contact them so make sure you watch some their clips before you do. You can also post an audition call out.

10959611_948774308467043_2941366848879759203_n3. Post a call out on Facebook and acting schools.

On Facebook: You might be surprised whom your non-actor friends and family know. Doing a call out even to your network may deliver some recommendations and results. Like any call out, just make sure it sounds like a fun and collaborative experience. Kino Sydney has a Filmmakers Guild group on which a call out may produce some results.

Acting Schools: Acting schools want to feed opportunities to their students. It is one of the reasons the students pay them money. That might have a notice board or send out weekly e-mails. Just have a poke around and find the appropriate contact.

4. Go to the local theatre.

Attend local theatre and familiarise yourself with the local talent that is around. Go up and chat to the actors after the show and form a connection before you start talking about your own work. Actors are looking for all the experience they can get and you might be surprised who is interested. We aren’t talking about Sydney Theatre – but The Old Fitz, Old 505 Theatre, and Rock Surfers.

1378579_948778318466642_5652276984617956977_n5. Make the experience of acting for you attractive and beneficial.

Directors want to work with actors who can act. Actors want to work with directors who can direct. If you want to attract actors to your film, link to your previous work and be ready to pitch the project to them. Form a relationship and keep it going, giving them updates on what is happening with the film at all stages.

If you are hoping they will do it for free, make sure you offer them everything you can: travel costs and access to all the footage for show reels.

6. Make sure the actors you cast can do what you want them to do.

Auditions are a great way to do this. That is assuming you have a choice of actors and the resources to do auditions. Either way make sure you have a conversation with the potential actors about what they will be required to do in an honest way. I’ve had problems where only half way through a shoot I realised my actor could not turn on the waterworks. I’ve heard horror stories from actors who have been confronted with requests for a sexualised delivery of a scene they were not expecting.10311857_948773821800425_7378790325062835903_n

7. Hire a casting agent.

Enlist an agent to work with you on casting. They will already have a talent portfolio on hand and make informed suggestions for the role. They do cost money though.

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We’ve all heard the success stories of award winning feature films with non-actors. This works when non-actors live and breath experiences similar to the character. It also helps to find the ones who ooze personality.

9. Build relationships with your actors.

Found a great actor who thinks you’re a great director? Keep casting them. Actor-Director relationships can be incredibly rewarding for both parties for ease of work and managing to draw out the best in each other.

396460_358231987521281_1597367194_n10. Screen your work at Kino Sydney (or other short film screenings).

We’ve already mentioned that plenty of actors come to our screenings and they are out at other film screenings. Actors are professional networkers and they are there looking to meet filmmakers.

Screen your best film at Kino Sydney and if it is really up to scratch you won’t have to be introducing yourself to everyone you can. The actors will be lining up to talk to you. Register to screen at Kino here.

Should We Update Kino Rules?

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We want to know what you think!

The vision of Kino Sydney is: Foster, support and lead a local filmmaking community that provides a platform for creativity, collaboration and personal development.

To do that, we want our filmmaking community to be as active and encompassing as possible. In order to stay on track, we need to always revise what we do and be looking for what we could do differently.

The question we are tossing around at the moment are the Kino Sydney rules. Kino is meant to be open to all filmmakers and their films, encouraging them to make films and screen them. Always egging them along to flex their creative muscle, learn and progress.

The rules of contention at the moment are ‘world premiere only’ and the 5 minute time limit. ‘World premiere’ encourages filmmakers to create content for the night, lending an exclusive and unpredictable atmosphere. The time limit keeps the night snappy and really an audience starts to feel a bad movie after 5 minutes.

It is proposed to drop the world premiere rule and extend the time limit to 7 minutes. The world premiere rule is to encourage more Sydneysiders to take that first step into the world of Kino before we start working on them to make films specifically for Kino. The time limit change is a similar reason but also to allow Kinoites who want to flesh out their stories a bit more to do so.

The risks? We become known for screening films that have appeared plenty in Sydney and that the screening becomes longer and more frustrating as awful films drag on.

There are creative twists on this: perhaps films over 5 minutes will face the ‘gong’ if they do not raise to a certain quality, or films longer than 5 minutes have to be pre-screened to check for a certain amount of effort.

We want Kino Sydney to grow and think modifying these rules may help. But we’d love to hear your feedback below or on our Facebook page.

Amazing Thailand Film Challenge

At Kino #96 on Monday 6th June, Kimberley Low and Tim Anastasi presented ‘3000 Heavens: The Mighty Mekong‘. Low and Anastasi produced the documentary in 2013 for the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge as part of the Thailand International Film Destination Festival. The pair of filmmakers were flown to Thailand, given a small budget, production assistance, and accommodation to produce a short film in a foreign country in a very limited time frame. The experience designed to encourage foreign interest in producing films in the South East Asia country.

The film by Low and Anastasi were an hypnotic documentary on the lives supported by the Mekong river – but the two were quick to point out that films of all styles were realised by about 50 filmmaker teams from across the world. The Q&A revealed some of the problems faced under such challenging circumstances but Low and Anastasi went on to pick up one of the awards at the screening.

The experience caught the attention of many of the filmmakers in the audience and left them wanting to know how they can get involved.The festival’s website provides all the pertinent details: the challenge is supported by the Thai Film Office and Department of Tourism; the production budget equates to $1000; the challenge is 5 days in length; it happens in February so has already been for 2015 – but keep an eye on the Facebook page as applications for 2016 will undoubtedly open soon.

Kino regulars might have an upper hand as well as they have cut their teeth on Kino Sydney’s very own limited time, limited resources challenges. In the meantime, draw inspiration from Low and Anastasi’s effort below.

Kino #97: Open-Screen Film Night

529066_414666908544455_1447300502_nKino Sydney returns chook full of colourful, sometimes gonzo, and always-inventive short films on Monday 3rd August. Join us from 6pm at 107 Projects in Redfern for short films, filmmaker Q&As, live music, pizza and giveaways.

Come cheer on as first time filmmakers, local favourites, and seasoned pros strut their stuff and premiere new short films.

Tickets are only $10 and can be bought online in advance or at the door dependent on availability. RSVP and invite friends on Facebook.

Filmmakers: Kino Sydney is city’s only open-screen film night. We will screen your film no matter style, genre or level of expertise. Just book a slot and receive free access to the screening party. Register now.

Join a filmmaking team: Want to be part of a filmmaking team working on a project for Kino #97? Introduce yourself and your talent on the Kino Sydney Filmmakers Guild: https://www.facebook.com/groups/433864663307412/

Kino #97: Open-Screen Film Night, Monday 3rd August, 6pm.

107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern, 2016.

Tickets are $10. Buy now.

Kino #96: Open-Screen Film Night – Monday 6th July

Kino 96- Open Screen Film NightMonday 6Kino Sydney returns with your monthly dose of short cinema (+ pizza + Q&As + giveaways + live music).

Come and cheer on as first-time filmmakers, Sydney favourites, and seasoned pros, strut their stuff and premiere their new short films.

Tickets are $10. All ticket holders get: access to theatre for inventive short films and filmmaker Q&As, live music, pizza, opportunities to network, and the chance to win prizes. Buy tickets now and RSVP on Facebook.

Filmmakers: Kino Sydney is city’s only open-screen film night. Register now to book your slot and free access to the screening party (spots go quickly). You have two options: open-screen or curated.

Open Screen: Films must be under 5 minutes, have Kino Sydney and screening number in credits, must be world premieres, must not be home videos, and must not be advertisements.

Curated: Film must be under 10 minutes and the filmmaker must be new to Kino Sydney. We only curate one film per month and need a link to the film submitted. This your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Kino Sydney community.

Join a filmmaking team: Want to be part of a filmmaking team working on a project for Kino #96? Introduce yourself and your talent on the Kino Sydney Filmmakers Guild: https://www.facebook.com/groups/433864663307412/

Kino #95: Open-Screen Film Night – Monday 1st June

1044777_661547933856350_1208270472_nKino Sydney returns with your monthly dose of short cinema (+ pizza + giveaways + ideas exchange + live performances) – just in time for the start of winter.

Come and stay warm with our community as first-time filmmakers, Sydney favourites, and seasoned pros, strut their stuff and premiere their new short films.

Tickets are $10. All ticket holders get: access to theatre for inventive short films and filmmaker Q&As, live music, pizza, opportunities to network, and the chance to win prizes. Buy tickets now.

Filmmakers: Kino Sydney is city’s only open-screen film night. Register now at www.kinosydney.com to book your slot and free access to the screening party (spots go quickly). You have two options: open-screen or curated.

Open Screen: Films must be under 5 minutes, have Kino Sydney and screening number in credits, must be world premieres, must not be home videos, and must not be advertisements.

Curated: Film must be under 10 minutes and the filmmaker must be new to Kino Sydney. We only curate one film per month and need a link to the film submitted. This your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Kino Sydney community.

Join a filmmaking team: Want to be part of a filmmaking team working on a project for Kino #95? Introduce yourself and your talent on the Kino Sydney Filmmakers Guild: https://www.facebook.com/groups/433864663307412/

Kino Sydney 60-Seconds STAR WARS Challenge

Star_Wars_Fan_Film_Empire_UncutTake the ‘Kino Sydney 60-Seconds STAR WARS Challenge’ for our May the 4th screening for your chance to win a Flexipass 10 to Sydney Film Festival, 3 – 14 June.

The Challenge: Just make a 60-second film set in the Star Wars universe and register below to screen it at Kino #94. The filmmaker who gets the biggest cheer will take home the Flexipass courtesy of the festival. It is totally free to enter and every film gets one free ticket to the screening.

The Prize: One Flexipass 10 for the Sydney Film Festival 2015. Flexipasses are a great way to experience Sydney Film Festival at all venues, including the sumptuous surrounds of the State Theatre. Better still, you can share the experience with up to three other guests each time you attend, or just keep it all to yourself!

Find out more about the rules and register a spot here.