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 American Friend

Artists' Film

Downside Up

Short Film

Un chant d'amour

Ken Loach's Poor Cow - in the press & cinemas today!

"Ken Loach's Poor Cow now looks more than ever like his early masterpiece [...] Has to be seen on the big screen." ***** Peter Bradshaw. Read more>

Want to improve your tech set-up & need advice?

Look no further! Our Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition scheme provides bespoke technical advice and assistance to independent exhibitors across the UK. Read more>

Final films confirmed for Screening Days!

The last titles in the programme include Ken Loach's searing Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Terence Davies' acclaimed Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion. Read more>

Archive Screening Day 2016

Sign up for our one-day Archive Screening Day showcasing material from the UK's archives and new films for touring from the BFI's major new Britain on Film project. Read more>

Available for booking

The Artists Cinema 2016

Our unique project bringing experimental film back to the cinema.

Exhibitor of the month

The Lexi & the Nomad

Read about west London's fantastic community-led cinema & touring screen

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