About Kino Lorber

With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 45 years, releasing 35 films per year theatrically and garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. Most recently, the company has expanded its own direct digital platforms through the acquisition of leading international series streamers MHz Choice and Topic and the launch of Kino Film Collection, a subscription service for film lovers showcasing new releases direct from theaters plus curated international, indie, and documentary films and newly restored classics from the Kino Lorber library. Additionally, the company brings hundreds of titles annually to the home entertainment and educational markets through digital and physical media releases.

Our Story

Founded as Kino International in 1977 and led for decades by industry pioneer Donald Krim, the company rose to prominence importing and releasing international films otherwise neglected in the United States, while also establishing itself as a home for American classics and silent cinema. Among the iconic auteurs whose films were introduced to audiences by the company are Wong Kar-wai, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Roberto Rosselini, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Michael Haneke, Férid Boughedir, Aki Kaurismaki, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrei Tarkovsky, Shohei Imamura, Julie Dash, Morris Engel, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, F.W. Murnau, and the Lumiere Brothers.

In 2009, Lorber HT Digital acquired and merged with Kino International to form Kino Lorber. Under the leadership of President & CEO Richard Lorber, the company has expanded its repertoire of theatrical and home entertainment releases through the launch of physical media label Kino Lorber Studio Classics and digital platforms such as Kino Now and the free-to-stream Kino Cult. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company launched Kino Marquee, a first-to-market virtual cinema platform designed to help shuttered art house theaters generate revenue. Kino Lorber was honored with a Special Award from the New York Film Critics Circle for this effort. In recent years, Kino Lorber further expanded its own direct digital platforms through the acquisition of MHz Choice and Topic, the two leading North American streaming services featuring international series.

Kino Lorber releases 35 titles theatrically each year under its Kino Lorber, Zeitgeist Films, and Kino Repertory banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. Its acclaimed roster of contemporary filmmakers includes Jean-Luc Godard, Jia Zhangke, Chloe Zhao, Jafar Panahi, Bruno Dumont, Eliza Hittman, Bi Gan, Abel Ferrara, Hong Sang-soo, Guy Maddin, Ana Lily Amirpour, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Louis Garrel, Pietro Marcello, and Taika Waititi.

Kino Lorber releases more than 350 titles annually to the home entertainment market, led by its powerhouse Kino Lorber Studio Classics label, adding to its growing library of over 4,000 titles. The company is also a leading player in the educational and non-theatrical distribution spaces, selling directly to schools and institutions and through robust partnerships with Kanopy and Hoopla. Kino Lorber recently launched an international sales arm to represent its films in territories outside of North America.

With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Milestone Films, Alive Mind Cinema, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Raro Video, Menemsha Films, and more. In addition to its own digital platforms, Kino Lorber's titles can be found on more than 40 streaming services, including the Criterion Channel, MUBI, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Showtime, Starz, Tubi, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, and Apple TV.

Our premiere distribution label brings new international, documentary, and independent films to the theatrical and home video market.

Experience a world beyond the ordinary with this curated selection of international TV series and films available to stream.

A boundary-pushing streaming service for crime, thrillers, mysteries, noir and documentaries from around the world.

Our most popular home video label focuses on Hollywood classics, all from best available sources and many on 4K UHD or Blu-ray for the very first time.

Bringing the award-winning and extensive catalog of Kino Lorber films to your school, museum, organization, film festival, or community event.

Selling international rights to titles from across our library, with a focus on new restorations of cinema classics and American independents.

Award-winning international, documentary, independent, and classic cinema available to rent or own digitally with no subscription required.

Our partner distributor has been bringing the best in documentary, international, and independent cinema to American screens since 1988.

Restoring and distributing films from outside the established canon, especially those by and about African Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ+ people, and women.

Our classics label releases new restorations of timeless masterpieces, from silents to French New Wave to American underground cinema.

Specializing in films celebrating enlightened consciousness and secular spirituality that provide audiences with a
 transformative experience.

Distributed Labels

We handle ancillary releases for partner labels including Cohen Media Group, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and Greenwich Entertainment.