From Script to Screen in 32 hours; become a filmmaker this November.
Whether you're a professional filmmaker or simply a movie buff, thanks to Sydney's most inclusive film-making forum, Kino, everyone can make a short film. This November they're hosting three weekends of Kino Kabaret: a 32 hour filmmaking challenge open to actors, directors, composers, writers and general film lovers of all experience levels. Backyard Opera caught up with some of the people behind Kabaret to find out more.
Kino Sydney is a monthly filmmaking forum run by not- for- profit group, The Festivalists. It's part of a worldwide Kino movement, set up in Canada, and this year marks its eighth year in Sydney. While every screening is open to all contributors, Kabaret is particularly special as it offers easy access to camera equipment, editing suites and most importantly, enthusiastic collaborators, allowing both new and old participants to work together.
"Kino Kabaret is a chance to meet future collaborators, learn new skills and get creative in a non-competitive, inclusive and supportive environment,” explains Kino coordinator Samuel Hilton. “Participants can take on a single session or sign up for all three, make one short film or as many as they can fit in over three weekends!”
Participants meet in Metro Screen, Paddington on Saturday morning of each session, where they will meet their filmmaking buddies for the weekend. After brainstorming, creating teams, scheduling shoots and making friends, participants have until 6pm on Sunday to make one or more short films. Films will then be screened in the Justice and Police Museum, over three Sunday evening sessions which are open to all and include free pizza and drinks for $15 entry (free to Kabaret filmmakers).
Some of the projects planned for this year include a music video directed by Kenny Foo (a first time participant at last year's Kabaret whose film, 'Zombie Beaters' was chosen as a finalist in the Lucky Film Festival this year), as well as a zombie epic directed by this writer with Jason Ide. Last year, many films were made 'on- the- fly', including a Bear Grylls style mockumentary on Sydney by complete newbie, Nathan Bernasconi.
Kino ambassador Jason Ide said this about Kabaret.
"Last year was the first time I did Kabaret. I work as an editor, so I ended up helping out on a few other people's films. The crew that did it last year have been really great at keeping in contact and going to the monthly screenings, and we have heaps of friends from Kino. Because of that, quite a few friends who've never made films are doing Kabaret for the first time this year."
Limited spaces are still available for all three sessions, so get in soon! For a sample of the films made last year at Kabaret, check out the video below.
Kino Kabaret takes place on the 16/17th, 23/24th November and 30Nov/1st December. Registration is $50 for filmmakers and $25 for actors on www.kinosydney.com/kino-kabaret-2013, or follow twitter.com/kinosydney or facebook.com/kinosydney for updates.
- Suzanne Rath