Kósy Kino

The main idea of the Kósy Kino project is to build the capacities of partner organizations and improve our programming and strategic capabilities to become more open and inclusive organizations for all people and to inspire to change other organizations in the cultural and creative industries and non-profit sectors. We are currently facing major challenges in eastern Slovakia, including intolerance, racism and xenophobia. The Kósy Kino project will improve this situation through inclusive education, capacity building and audience development.


Mutual learning

All partner organizations are well-recognized institutions both by both, their audiences and authorities with a rich history. During the project, we want to share valuable practical experience and knowledge with each other and become more professional in PR, programming, management, inclusive film education and audience development.

Inclusive education

Since 2019, Kino Úsmev has been organizing film classes for children and youth from ordinary families, but also from minorities such as kids with intellectual and physical disabilities and marginalised groups. In cooperation with Bíó Paradís, we want to improve this inclusive educational programme by inviting Icelandic lecturers, artists and experts.

Cultural exchange

Intercultural exchange in this project will take place on several levels. Thanks to the residential program between Tou and Kino Úsmev, we will have the opportunity to host and send professionals from the cultural and creative industries, which can be beneficial for working with the audience and dramaturgy. Thanks to the cooperation with the Bíó Paradís cinema, we will be able to reach a wider audience and invite established filmmakers to present their work in front of a local audience.

Audience development

All organizations have their regular visitors. Together with Bíó Paradís, we will focus on an inclusive dramaturgical programme that will regularly bring film screenings to vulnerable groups, including people with visual and hearing impairments, autistic people and seniors suffering from cognitive impairments.

Framework activities

Within the project, we will organize the following activities:

  • inclusive film school Klapka, Úsmev! for children and youth;
  • film workshop led by professionals from the Icelading film industry;
  • residencies for Slovak and Norwegian artists and cultural professionals;
  • project visits of partner organizations;
  • open film screenings for people with sights and hearing disabilities;
  • Icelandic and Slovak film festival during which we will exchange dramaturgy with Bíó Paradís;
  • opening and closing conference on open and inclusive culture.


  • arthouse cinema Bíó Paradís (Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • cultural centre Tou (Stavanger, Norway)

Financial support

The KÓSY KINO project benefits from a 153 794 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants and has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republict in the amount of 23 069 €. Cieľom projektu je budovanie kapacít partnerských organizácií, inkluzívne vzdelávanie, medzikultúrna výmena a budovanie publika.

The project aims to build capacities of partner organisations, and support inclusive education, intercultural exchange and audience development.

If you would like to know more about programmes and projects financed by the EEA and Norway Grants in Slovakia, visit www.eeagrants.sk or www.norwaygrants.sk.

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and

Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014 – 2021, the EEA and Norway Grants amount to €2.8 billion. The priorities for this period are:

#1 Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness

#2 Social Inclusion, Youth Employment, and Poverty Reduction

#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy

#4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights

#5 Justice and Home Affairs Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member countries where the Gross National Income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.

The EEA and Norway Grants scheme consists of two financial mechanisms. The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP. Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway. All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.

Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.


Otvorený Úsmev

The aim of the Otvorený Úsmev project was to launch an inclusive film education programme for children and youth, to support the internal development of the civic association CINEFIL and to make film screenings accessible to various vulnerable groups. Openness and inclusion are fundamental values that Kino Úsmev wants to promote and raise awareness of in the long term.


Inclusive film school Klapka, Úsmev!

The school introduces participants to various methods and approaches to filmmaking, creating an environment for their creative self-realization. They are intended for children and youth interested in filmmaking and its components – camera, editing, directing, dramaturgy, sound, screenplay, scenography, graphic design and visual arts in film, animation, costume design and the basics of expression in front of the camera. Participants will go through the entire film process and at the end of the semester, they will present their unique film work in the cinema hall at Kina Úsmev. We opened the film classes for the first time in February 2020, but due to the pandemic, we had to move the school to the online space. In autumn 2020, we did not start the classes at all, and in 2021 we managed to open them for only a few weeks. We are currently working together with lecturers, Natalia Brzáčová and Róbert Rampáček, and partner organizations on the curriculum, planning the further course of the classes and consulting on how to work with vulnerable groups.

Open screenings

Since 2019, we have been organizing inclusive film screenings (not only) for autistic people and seniors with cognitive impairments on a regular basis. These screenings are specifically tailored to the needs of vulnerable groups with the programme, volume and lighting. Our goal is to create a pleasant and tolerant environment where these groups can feel safe. At the same time, these screenings are accessible to everyone free of charge, thus eliminating financial barriers, but also motivating the general public to visit these screenings.

Organizational development

During the project, we also focused on educating and improving processes within the civic association CINEFIL, which operates by Kino Úsmev. We held several workshops for employees and consulted our activities with the Norwegian partner Tou and their director Per Arne Alstad.

Development of partner organizations

We organized a series of educational workshops for partner organizations in the field of film education and inclusion, including workshops on marketing with Michal Kucht, inclusive education with Dušan Ondrušek from PDCS and Jiří Forejt from Free Cinema.

Green cinema

One of the outcomes of the project is an architectural study from the ZeroZero studio, which should contribute to green solutions within the Kino Úsmev´s building with regard to its future operation and sustainability. The studies were carried out in collaboration with the French architect Jean-Marc Lalo (Atelier Lalo) and the association’s association.


  • Usmej sa na mňa, o.z.
  • ETP Slovensko
  • Keď môžem pomôžem, o.z.
  • Tou (NOR)

The project is supported by the ACF – Slovakia programme, financed from the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014 – 2021 and managed by the EKOPOLIS Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Foundation and the Carpathian Foundation.