Kinodot was launched in 2012 as online minimalist short film festival. In 2013 we showed our first programs at :

Short Film Competition 2013

Retrospective of John Smith

Dot Shorts Program

Experimental Short Films presented by Balagan

Kinodot was created to support and distribute new experimental films, and to inspire filmmakers to experiment in their own way. We promote freedom of ideas, formalism, simplicity and self-restriction as oppose to the secondary film production and self-censorship of high budget festivals. We believe that a great film can be created with very basic means, without special education or expensive equipment. We also believe that creating and following a strict set of formal rules can have a liberating effect on every artist.

Originally films submitted to Kinodot had to match at least one of the four selection criteria*:

No Money - films made without a budget;
No Mumbling - films without dialogue or narration;
No Music - films without a music score;
No Montage - films made without editing, i.e. filmed in one shot.

In time the project has developed into independent international experimental film festival with live screenings in movie theaters and unconventional venues in St. Petersburg, Russia.