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.