The Kino Otok Award is bestowed at the Kino Otok – Isola Cinema Festival. Only the festival's main section "Harvest" is competitive – since the festival does not have a proper jury, it is not a classical competitive festival. Traditionally 5 films are selected for the "Harvest" section and those then compete for the main audience award which means that the winning film is purchased for distribution in the Slovene Art Cinema Network. Some of the past winners of the festival are Saratan by Ernest Abdidzhaparov, Granny [Babusya] by Russian director Lidia Bobrova and Full or Empty by Iranian New Wave filmmaker Abolfazl Jalili.
The winning film is namely selected by calculating the average vote from all the votes for a single film (whoever buys a ticket can vote) and the film with the higher average vote is the winner.