Make one film per month until the year 2000. This was the initial challenge laid out in January 1999 by Kino founder Christian Laurence, with help of twenty or so other members. These monthly screenings have become the core of what is known as the Kino movement.
In 2001, in addition to the established Monthly Screenings, Kino developed a new format for film production that was to be integrated within the framework of the Festival de Nouveau Cinéma: the Kino Kabaret. Kino Kabaret is a type of innovative film-making lab where invited artists create films in a mindset of spontaneity and collaboration. Not surprisingly, this unique concept became a resounding success, and is largely responsible for Kino groups or cells rapidly multiplying around the world.
In 2002, Kino opened its first office in the Ex-Centris complex and founded the new incarnation “Kino’00” in order to manage the growing number of Kino events. Including the original Monthly Screenings, the Kino Kabarets became part of the Kino’s regular programming.
Between 2002-2006, by multiplying activities, distributing Kino films, hosting film festivals, and by forming partnerships with several organizations in the industry, the Kino movement established its place at the center of the Quebec cinema scene.
In 2007, Kino’00 decided to take a new artistic direction, in hopes of becoming the focal point for directors willing to dive into microcinema short filmmaking. Starting in July of that year, Kino’00 turned words into action and organized the first International Meeting of Microcinema.
In January 2008, Kino launched another new project: Atelier K; a workshop that would allow six directors to create professional short film productions in a six-month period with the assistance of a screenwriter, production assistant, regular writing workshops, equipment furnished by service sponsors, as well as sponsorships for audio and visual post production.
In 2009, Kino celebrated an impressive 10-year birthday with its nomination to the 24th Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts de Montréal. In addition, Kino’00 returned with a bang to the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma with the 10th Kino Kabaret and produced a retrospective DVD “Kino-Dix” that, thanks to our distributor, soon found its way onto store shelves in February 2010. At the same time, several founding artists signed for their first feature length films, such as Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, Un film sans fusil), Henry Bernadet and Myriam Verreault (À l’ouest du Pluton) and more recently Christian Laurence (Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme).