The KÓSY KINO project focuses on building capacities and improving project partners’ programming and strategic skills. The goal is to contribute to their more open and inclusive functioning and to inspire other organisations in Slovakia, Iceland and Norway to take this step. The idea for the project arose in response to the intolerance, racism and xenophobia that people face in Slovakia.




Inclusive film school

Film courses for children and youth from regular and disadvantaged backgrounds

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Film workshops

Masterclasses led by film professionals from Iceland

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Cultural residencies

Residencies for artists from Norway and Slovakia in Košice and Stavanger

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Project visits

Exchange of knowledge and skills with project partners in Slovakia, Norway and Iceland

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Open screenings

Inclusive events for various vulnerable groups of people

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Slovak-Icelandic film festival

Exchange of dramaturgy with our Icelandic partner Bíó Paradís

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Promotional activities

Innovative ways of promoting project activities adapted to audiences with special needs

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Arthouse cinema Bíó Paradís (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Address: Hverfisgata 54 101, 101 Reykjavík, Island

Contact: Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, hronn@bioparadis.is

Cultural centre Tou (Stavanger, Norway)

Address: Kvitsøygata 25, 4014 Stavanger

Contact: Sebastian Waldejer, sebastian@touscene.com


Mutual learning

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

Inclusive education

Since 2019, Kino Úsmev has been organising film courses for children and youth from ordinary backgrounds but also 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 film professionals to share their insights.

Cultural exchange

Cultural exchange will take place on several levels. First, thanks to the residential program between Tou and Kino Úsmev, we will have the opportunity to host and send abroad professionals from the cultural and creative industries, which can be beneficial for working with the audience and dramaturgy. Second, in 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 organisations have a loyal audience. Together with Bíó Paradís, we will focus on developing an inclusive programme for vulnerable groups, including people with visual and hearing impairments, autistic people and seniors suffering from cognitive impairments.

Acknowledgement of the support from the EEA Grants 

The KÓSY KINO project benefits from a 153 794 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 23 069 €. The aim of the project is to build the capacities of partner organisations and support inclusive education, intercultural exchange and audience development.

If you want to know more about programmes and projects financed by the EEA Grants in Slovakia, visit www.eeagrants.sk.

The EEA 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 Grants amount to €1.55 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 Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP.

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. All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.