Kino Film Festival to be Livestreamed May 8
May 05, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — May 4, 2020 — The University of Idaho’s Kino Short Film Festival moves online with a livestreamed event 6 p.m. Friday, May 8, at kinofilmfest.org. The festival is free, but donations to the event support student filmmaking.
The festival, in its 20th year, is the showcase event for seniors from the U of I’s film and television studies major in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Students write, produce, direct and edit their own short film to debut. Beginning in 2016, the festival welcomed local filmmakers, producers and directors across the Pacific Northwest to expand the filmmaking community for students and the region.
“This is the first time we have livestreamed the films for the audience,” said Clinical Assistant Professor Kyle Howerton, the organizer. “Our senior film and television studies students look forward to this event all year, so even with the gathering restrictions, we wanted to still give them that experience.”
The festival will debut 12 films from participants that include a mixture of dance, drama, comedy, commentary and animation. Films shown include student films from Central Washington University, DigiPen Institute of Technology and the U of I, as well as regional film submissions from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Q&A sessions with the directors will follow each film.
U of I student entries are:
- “Burnt” by Kayla Addington from Kuna;
- “Calm Panic” by Jeremiah Agbeko from Boise;
- “The Breakup” by Emily Davis from Post Falls;
- “Grow” by Wylie Keele from Shelley;
- “Baby Pacifier” by Autumn Myers from Twin Falls; and
- “A Conversation” by Christian Pankopf from Moscow.
“I'm most impressed with the perseverance of our University of Idaho students to stick it out and create a film despite the world essentially shutting down right in the middle of their production time,” Howerton said. “Many of them had to adapt their concept or pivot entirely to create something new.”
Regional entries are:
- “Flap” by Jessica Gallaher from Redmond, Washington;
- “Vacant Home” by Malcolm Merrill from Pasco, Washington;
- “The In-Between” by Thomas and Jack Isenhart from Broadbent, Oregon;
- “2:59” by Kody Newton from Kuna;
- “House of Joy” by Robert Uehlin from Portland, Oregon; and
- “Zealot” by Kendall Yoder.
“We had a great collection of films submitted in the open category,” Howerton said. “This is an eclectic collection of content that spans different genres, generations, locations and budget.”
The films compete for audience members’ vote for the People’s Choice Award in the student and overall film categories. Attendees are also encouraged to rate each film and give feedback to the filmmakers via an online survey.
Films will be posted to kinofilmfest.org after the broadcast to allow those unable to watch live to view and rate the entries. Voting closes on Wednesday, May 13.
“The Kino Short Film Festival features some great up and coming talent from across the Pacific Northwest,” Howerton said. “If you love film, this will be a great opportunity to connect to the medium in a new and interesting way.”
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu