Independent Cinema Office

The national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition in the UK. We exist to bring a wider range of films to a wider range of audiences. Our primary aims are to:

  • Promote diversity in exhibition content, audience and location.
  • Develop a culturally-led approach to an economically sustainable independent exhibition sector.
  • Provide access to industry leading exhibitor training.

Our main activities are:

  • Film booking and programming for cinemas
  • Training and events for cinemas, festivals and film society staff
  • Distribution of films that would not otherwise find an audience
  • Consultancy and providing advice
  • Developing audiences for world cinema and artists’ film

ICO recommends this month

Classic Film

The Lady from Shanghai

Artists' Film

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

Short film


Calling all film producers! 

Applications are open for Get it Seen, our intensive training course giving film producers inside knowledge on the distribution and exhibition sectors so you can pitch your films more effectively as a result. Read more>

Screening Days Calendar of Events

We're delighted to announce a forthcoming slate of Screening Days events.  Along with the two ICO National Screening Days events, we're pleased to partner with the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) to offer an additional series of Hub-based Screening DaysRead more>

Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition

The ICO and BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) are proud to present Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition, the first ever programme of its kind - providing bespoke technical advice and assistance  for independent exhibitors of all shapes and sizes across the UK. Read more>

At Berkeley - now available for booking

Frederick Wiseman's 38th documentary is a profound, resonant study of campus life - a "richly detailed,  microcosmic and truly engrossing work" (Sight & Sound)... Read more>

Available for booking

Le Jour se lève

Our reissue of Marcel Carné’s classic contains previously unseen footage. Read more >

Cinema of the month

Barn Cinema

Located in a renovated 14th century barn in the medieval courtyard of Dartington Hall. 

Cinemas in the UK

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Independent Cinema Office

3rd Floor, Kenilworth House, 79-80 Margaret Street, London W1W 8TA
T: 020 7636 7120 F: 020 7636 7121 E:

Registered in England and Wales. Company 5369193.
ICO is a registered charity No. 1109053