The Cinema of Ideas

The Cinema of Ideas is the ICO’s innovative virtual screen: a forum for collaboration, discussion, and film.

A revenue-sharing online film streaming platform, the Cinema of Ideas gives independent cinemas the opportunity to enrich their programme offer through an extra virtual screen without financial risk; enabling them to experiment and connect with the widest possible audience through an exciting, culturally relevant programme of underseen cinema exploring issues around race, disability, gender, sexuality and class.

Through the Cinema of Ideas, the ICO is working with filmmakers, artists, archivists, film historians, film critics, freelance film collectives and emerging curators to showcase the work they do to explore the full scope of contemporary film culture and film heritage.

Our partner cinemas are: Barn Dartington, Chapter Cardiff, Derby QUAD, HOME Manchester, Kinokulture Oswestry, Northampton Filmhouse, The Place Bedford, Saffron Screen and Wellington Orbit.

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Now Showing & Upcoming

COMING SOON: Independent Miss Craigie

Streaming: 3rd -16th Dec

Lizzie Thynne’s brilliant new film on Jill Craigie (1911-99), one of the first women to direct films in Britain with a live Q&A: with Lizzie Thynne, Penny Woolcock & Ros Cranston. 7th Dec 6.30-7.30. Booking: opening soon.

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