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Kino Short Film Festival

The Kino Short Film Festival is held every spring in Moscow, Idaho, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. This event showcases short films from filmmakers in the Northwest and students in the Broadcasting and Digital Media Production and Film and Television degree programs at the University of Idaho.

Each year students in the Advanced Video Production classes plan, write, direct, and produce their own original short films. Kino Fest serves as the students' final class project and gives them a chance to share their work with a public audience. Student films cover myriad genres and often span across a range of talents and abilities. After all films have been screened, the filmmakers are introduced to the audience for questions,  comments, feedback and praise.

Audience members are also given a rate card prior to the screening of the films and are asked to review each student film and give comments after the showing. Attendees are encouraged to rate and give comments on all films, as the anonymous feedback is shared with the students.

The festival was founded in 2001 by former University of Idaho faculty member Hans Rosenwinkel. Beginning in 2016, Kino opened up the festival to regional filmmakers, producers and directors, as well as other University of Idaho students and alumni.

Awards & Prizes

The audience votes for their favorite student film and favorite independent film, and the winners receive recognition as the Audience Choice Award Winners.

Rules & Terms

All films must be produced within the past two years.

All films must be ten minutes or less in length.

Only filmmakers from Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington may submit work.

All entrants submitting acknowledge they hold the copyright to their work and have clearances and permissions for any intellectual property included in their film (music, etc.).

Upon acceptance into the festival the filmmaker must make a downloadable copy of their film available for the Kino Short Film Festival on Film Freeway.

April 28 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Location Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre - Moscow

The Annual Kino Short Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for 2023! More information is available at or follow on social media on Instagram @kinofilmfestival.

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