Kino Prizreni: Express Filmmaking


    by: Kosovo 2.0

    Hana Marku


    For the past seven days, the participants of the Kino Prizreni workshop have been conceptualizing, plotting, shooting and editing their films – with a non-existent budget, and a shared batch of equipment and expertise.


    Kino Prizreni is part of the wider Kino movement, which involves making films in a very short amount of time, in a process that requires constant creativity and experimentation. Founded in 1999 by Canadian filmmaker Christian Laurence, the movement now has over sixty cells spread out across four continents.


    The concept is simple: you get a group of people together who love film, and come up with a shortlist of projects you want to work on. It’s open to everyone, which means you don’t need a film degree or acting experience to get on board. You share your equipment, time and talent, and over the course of a few frantic days (and sometimes hours) you get a film, produced at virtually no cost.


    Berat Brestovci, one of the Kino Prizreni coordinators, is happy with how the project has transformed over time. Now in its second year, Kino Prizreni boasts 23 participants, the majority of which are from Kosovo and Albania. “Most of the participants are in film school or are film enthusiasts, in university or in high school. These are people who have wanted to make a film at some point or another, and this is a kind of platform for people who don’t have the right access to do so. The whole philosophy is to provide space for creativity,” says Brestovci.


    A few of the films created in the last edition of Kino Prizreni have reached the festival circuit, but according to Brestovci the biggest opportunity the Kino movement offers is networking and relationship-building. “The point is for these filmmakers to meet each other, to share their experiences. In that way a platform for contacts is created, that sets the ground for further projects.”


    The Kino Prizreni screening will be held tonight at Kino Kalaja at 10pm.