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

Woman in the Dunes

Artists' Film

Otolith III

Short Film


Bring a whole new world of diversity into your venue

Discover stories from all around the world into your venue and learn to make your space as open as possible to everyone in your community at our 'D' Word Screening Days. Read more> 

Astley Baker Davies retrospective

Discover the brilliant work of one of Britain’s finest animation partnerships in our upcoming retrospective, released this autumn and available for booking now. Read more>

Letters to Max

Our upcoming release from artist filmmaker Eric Baudelaire, festival hit Letters to Max is an investigative, imaginative enquiry into an unrecognised land. Read more>


Available for booking


A sumptuous digital restoration of Antonioni's languorous, beguiling masterpiece

Exhibitor of the month

Close-Up Cinema

Read about London's exciting new cinema space, complete with 35mm & 16mm projection

Cinemas in the UK

Click the map to get a list of independent exhibitors in your area.

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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