Last night Gorilla Film Magazine went along to Kino London, the open-mic night for filmmakers that encourages creative collaboration and supports short film production. None of the films that are screened are pre-selected, so everyone gets a chance to show their film regardless of quality, which might go some way to explain how we managed to get Ways of Using Gorilla screened. The night was held at the Vibe Bar, on Brick Lane, and the venue was packed, full to burst. Being the shameless, capitalistic Gorillas that we are, we took the opportunity to plug our merchandise, and managed to sell ONE Gorilla T-shirt! We were so proud of ourselves, and we’re that little bit closer to printing issue 4!
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We all had a lot of fun at the night, and really enjoyed the incredible range of short films, each casually introduced by their respective filmmakers. The best thing about it was the general feeling of goodwill, everyone was highly encouraging, bursting into applause at the drop of a hat. Here’s how Kino describes itself:
Kino London’s monthly open-mic film night is the only film night of it’s kind in London. Filmmakers register in advance to screen their short at the next event, sight unseen. There are no themes, no pre-selection and no restrictions, other than that films be under 6 minutes, on dvd, and include the Kino London logo at the end, just for our screening.
Filmmakers turn up with their film on the night, introduce it personally then stick around to discuss their work with audience and filmmakers alike. ‘Challenges’ are awarded to rule-breakers – a film that the audience decide the filmmaker must make and screen at Kino London.
Kino also runs a monthly filmmaking Challenge which is open to anyone who wants to work on a short – in any capacity. The film idea is provided by the audience, and the short is produced in the 30 days between screenings. More details here.
Not only has Kino encouraged us to go along to more short film screenings, but it’s made us want to get out there and make more films. So watch this space, because Gorilla Film Magazine will be working on many more film projects in the near future. And I expect all of them will have the soul purpose of shamelessly promoting the magazine. Go capitalism!