FORUM 16 is always working to equip young Macedonians with the tools to express their vision for a better society. Toward this end, we plan to organize Macedonia’s first Kino Kabaret event in Bitola, the birthplace of the Balkan film industry. With this event we will launch a new and ongoing program to train young activists in civics, media advocacy, and the technical aspects of creating “short films in a short period of time” – the hallmark of the international Kino movement.
For our premier Kino Kabaret event, we hope to bring twenty-five creative young activists from across Macedonia to Bitola, to receive expert instruction in human rights, good governance, advocacy, and the essentials of filmmaking. This will be followed by two days of technical support for shooting and editing, and a special screening event to showcase the results for film professionals and the larger community. In the following weeks, FORUM 16 will organize a Kino Karavan tour, in which our young filmmakers will screen their work for public audiences throughout Macedonia.
FORUM 16 is currently finalizing partnerships to launch our Kino project, and on May 15, 2017 we will begin our first crowdfunding campaign to secure funds for video production and portable screening equipment. Stay tuned for updates.