Curzon will provide booking service for Manchester independent cinema

Manchester-based independent cinema Cornerhouse is to book its film programme in association with the UK’s independent cinema chain Curzon from July.

A centre for contemporary visual art and film, Cornerhouse aims to deliver a must-see programme of international and UK releases.

Sarah Perks, Cornerhouse programme and engagement director said: “2010/11 was a fantastic year for film at Cornerhouse. 129,244 people visited our cinema, one of our highest ever attendance figures. Improving on this success in 2011/12 will be tough, due to the significant national cuts in funding for film exhibition and education, but booking our film programme in association with Curzon gives us a great advantage.”

Jason Wood, director of programming at Curzon Cinemas, added: “As well as providing a booking service for Cornerhouse, we’re also looking forward to working with the team to develop some great events, including Q&As with high profile film talent, shared seasons and innovative new digital content.”

Additional new film projects for Cornerhouse in 2011/12 include production and distribution of artists’ film and video, in creative collaborations with artists including Phil Collins, Gillian Wearing, Rosa Barba and Minerva Cuevas. It also has two film seasons lined up: Contemporary Arab and Maghrebi Cinema: New Directions and Aesthetics and the Asia Triennial Film Programme.