Cinobo means cinema no borders
Cinema with vision and diversity. Cinema that defies rules and stereotypes and explores cultures. Cinema that entertains. Cinema that makes you feel, laugh, and think. Cinema no borders means cinematic experience and entertainment without limits.
Just like making a film, it all began from an idea. How could passion and enthusiasm for film be translated into a streaming service? A streaming service that would not be chaotic, a streaming service where recommendations come from humans, not machines, a streaming service where you cannot decide what to watch first because it is all just too good?! A streaming service that finally gathers all the films you need to watch before you die, in one place! The idea became a script - a script that thankfully was not science fiction - by two young cinema-lovers from Thessaloniki, Greece. They developed the idea and once the final draft was ready, the team grew, the cameras rolled, the editing was finalised and the premiere took place in March 2020.
We probably won’t make a sequel, but we are improving the prototype every single day. We started in the pandemic and today we are being followed by a passionate community of tens of thousands cinema-lovers that have left the pandemic behind them. We started making great cinema available for streaming and today we bring films to the big screen too, in cinemas. We started as a team of two and today we are 19. Nineteen people from completely different backgrounds, with one common denominator. The belief that cinema can truly change the world. We spend most of our day speaking about films. We analyse them, we love them, we hate them, they depress us, they excite us, they trouble us. They make us see the world from a different angle. Yet, the goal always remains the same: find the best films in the whole wide world, curate them and present them in the best possible way and make them accessible, anywhere, anytime.
Life at Cinobo
We work from our pet friendly office in Exarchia, but we have rarely been all in the same place at the same time. We have worked from half of Attica, Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, the islands, beaches, mountains and flatlands of the country, from Cannes, London and Stockholm - thank you Slack.
We walk the streets of the center of Athens holding bags and if we hold them a little tight it's because they contain hard drives intended for subtitling companies and cinemas. But before that, we go around Greek and world festivals to discover and bring home the films that will fill those hard drives (and our lives!).
The bell of the Cinobo office rings frequently, and it’s not just our external partners, but also Greek creators with whom we have much more to share than their films. Without them, Cinobo would not be the same. During the lunch break (the what?) we talk about the last movie we watched at the cinema and the next one we will distribute. Sometimes we also decorate the space in its theme - it's not always easy, how can you decorate based on Decision to Leave?
We've argued about everything one could argue about when it comes to movies, but in the end we're always having drinks and excitedly discussing all the new things we want to do in Cinobo. The work is plenty, the daily life is full, but the hours spent at Cinobo are more than worth it. For us, in a way, life is like a movie.