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

Riddles of the Sphinx

Artists' Film


Short Film

Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics

Last few places left for Summer Screening Days 2015!

The final line-up of films includes Mississippi Grind, The Second Mother, Suffragette, The Lobster, Red Army, Güeros, Tangerines and more! Book your place now... Read more>

Developing Your Film Festival 2015

Do you love your film festival but wish it didn't almost kill you? This is the course for you! more>

Practical Programming

Do you have an adventurous idea for a film season? Do you want to draw in a new audience to your venue? The Practical Programming training course is your opportunity to develop an ambitious, successful programme that will make you stand out. Read more>

L'Eclisse - now available to book

Michelangelo Antonioni's 1962 masterpiece - starring the gorgeous Monica Vitti and Alain Delon - is now available in a digital restoration, screened in Cannes Classics this year. Read more>

Available for booking

The Invisible Life

"A rigorous, elegant study of emotional crisis" ***** Andrew Pulver, Guardian

Exhibitor of the month

The Regent Street Cinema

Read about the gloriously restored birthplace of British cinema 

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