Article: Kino Prototype: Collective cinema experiences during the COVID-19 crisis

Compiled by two participants in DFFB’s NEXT WAVE professional development programme, ‘Collective cinema experiences during the COVID-19 crisis’ provides an overview of exhibition initiatives that emerged as a reaction to the closure of cinemas.

Kino Prototype is a research project developed within the frame of NEXT WAVE, a professional training programme of the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB).

The project aims to explore how the current period of experimentation can help re-imagine the collective cinema experience. In its preliminary phase, the research focuses on the industry practices implemented during the closure of cinemas.

Key insights from the report include:

  1. Arthouse cinemas’ roles as trusted curators is expanding as is a better recognition of their expertise in community engagement.
  2. New modes of access and participatory models are emerging.
  3. The role of online platforms and their relationship with cinemas are being redefined: are we heading towards hybrid strategies?

Read the full report that contains case studies and other key insights from how cinemas around the world have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.



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