KINO-DOC documentary film core was established in December 2012, aiming to create two documentary film courses (one initial and another advanced in a second year) with innovative programs that could provide technical skills to professionals and students of different areas of knowledge, teaching cinema in theoretical terms through images of the cinema itself, projected, explained and debated, and in practical terms enabling students to consistently know how to shoot with their cameras and learn digital video editing and other post-production procedures with their own computers.
KINO-DOC courses were designed to be rigorous, inexpensive and based on an artistic approach to video that takes into account the constant innovative possibilities in the audiovisual world, allowing each student to go through the entire cinematic process, finishing the course with a self-made film (a short movie in the 1st year and a feature film in the 2nd year).
The accessibility and flexibility of our methods show the main purpose of this project: the democratization of the art of filmmaking.
Our classes have been attended by dozens of people with or without previous knowledge in video and cinema, who have developed different sorts of films (documentaries of a social nature, biographical or scientific documentaries, docufictions, etc.), many of them with exhibitions in film cycles and festivals, cultural centers, art galleries, both in national and international spheres.
KINO-DOC has a partnership with OPTEC, a film company (that produces the films directed by Pedro Costa) which has a video equipment store where kino-dockers can find huge discounts, among other benefits. KINO-DOC also collaborates with diverse entities such as the University of Lisbon, Casa da Imprensa (the Portuguese House of Press) and many film festivals such as Doclisboa, one of the most important documentary film festivals in the world.