KinoSmith Inc. provides full distribution for independent projects made for theatrical, home video, broadcast and new media exhibition in Canada. Beyond from offering traditional distribution services, KinoSmith also provides an alternative option for filmmakers via service contracts. These services include (but are not limited to) navigating the film's release, preparation and execution of detailed marketing plans, revenue projections, media buys, design and creation of marketing materials, targeted domestic promotions and publicity.
KinoSmith is an independent Canadian film distribution & marketing company committed to bringing the best of Canadian and international critically-acclaimed films and film content to audiences across the country.
Founded in February 2007 by distribution veteran Robin Smith, KinoSmith has quickly established itself as one of Canada’s most exciting and successful boutique operation in the country releasing over 300 feature films within the first 7 years of operation. Notable releases include the box office hit, Up The Yangtze by Yung Chang, Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, the Academy Award winning foreign language feature Departures, Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Genie winner Small Town Murder Songs, Marshall Curry’s Oscar nominated doc If A Tree Falls: The Story Of The Earth Liberation Front, Mark Cousins’ epic The Story Of Film: An Odyssey and game-changing documentary
KinoSmith works closely with domestic and international producers, distributors and sales agents in order to present the most diverse works in the Canadian market – from the smart and arty to the sheer entertaining. For each release, KinoSmith applies a hands-on approach to distribution, ensuring the right mix of creative strategy, industry experience and market knowledge is used to maximize each project’s awareness and returns.
KinoSmith is also the exclusive theatrical service agent for Anchor Bay Entertainment and has been called upon to help larger distributors such as Alliance Films, Seville Pictures, TVA Films, Peace Arch Entertainment, Phase 4 Films, FilmOption International and Boutique Films to assist in the release of their product in Canada.
KinoSmith also offers consultation for producers, government organizations and a variety of film companies on marketing, promotion and production advice for feature film projects in various stages of development. Topics range from marketplace advice to creating specialized development, production and distribution plans – for each project, KinoSmith provides a unique strategy for success. Clients who have retained KinoSmith's services include the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canadian Film Centre, Enigmatico Films, Accent Entertainment and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Whether it be market analysis of projects in development to the distribution and release of film, television and new media projects, KinoSmith provides flexibility in its role in order to bring projects from script to screen.
Robin Smith (CEO, Founder)
Robin Smith has currently started his own distribution, production and marketing consultation company called KinoSmith. KinoSmith helps fill a void in consolidating Canadian distribution forces, providing marketing advice to productions in development and in the can, as well as acting as Executive Producer on a variety of upcoming Canadian feature film and television product. Robin brings a strong background of over 17 years of film, video and arts-related work to his new company. KinoSmith has had recent success with the theatrical release of the Canadian documentary Up The Yangtze which has currently grossed over $650,000 domestically and Werner Herzog’s Cave Of Forgotten Dreams which grossed over $700,000 in Canada.
In 2014, Robin along with Neil Tabatznik and Steven Silver of the Blue Ice Group, formed a new distribution / funding entity called Blue Ice Docs. Blue Ice Docs will acquire, fund and develop a wide variety of non-fiction product from around the world. Robin will act as the CEO on this new venture.
Previous to starting KinoSmith, Robin worked at Capri Releasing Inc. as their Vice-President of Distribution triggering and releasing such films as Away From Her, The Squid And The Whale, Tarnation and Darwin's Nightmare. Prior to joining Capri, Robin held positions at Seville Pictures as their Director of Sales and Marketing, Lions Gate Film Entertainment as Director of Marketing & Distribution for their Video and Theatrical Divisions and Blackwatch Releasing as Vice President of Marketing and Distribution. He has successfully executed the Canadian release of both international and domestic films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, All About My Mother, Russian Ark, Swimming Pool, You Can Count On Me, Sweet And Lowdown and Pollock.
Previous to Blackwatch, Robin worked in sales at Alliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Division for 2 years and spent 8 years at the Toronto International Film Festival acting as their Jury Coordinator, the Theatre Staff and Operations Manager, and General Manager for the Film Circuit – an outreach program that initiated & developed the circulation and exhibition of Canadian and foreign films to smaller Canadian markets throughout the country. He was also employed by the National Film Board of Canada as Marketing Coordinator and Cinema Programmer.
Since 2012, Robin has also been working as the Cinema Programmer for the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto and is responsible for all programming endevours within the venue. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is the only doc-only cinema in the world and is operated by the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festiva.
Robin is also actively involved with various film festivals within the country. He was a board member with the First Weekend Club, the Canadian Feature Film Festival and the Moving Pictures Film Festival, consultant for Brit Pics Film Festival, juror for OMDC Feature Film Fund and Calling Card programs, Telefilm Writers First program, and panelist for Vancouver International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury, ImagiNative Film Festival and Reel World Film Festival. Robin is currently teaching Feature Film & Video Distribution and Movie Marketing courses at Ryerson University.