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

Zabriskie Point

Artists' Film


Short film

Pitch Black Heist

Le Jour se lève

"Bristling with energy... shaped with incomparable artistry and flair" ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian Read more>

Registration for ICO Archive Screening Days open!

Showcasing films from the UK's national and regional film archives and incorporating workshops, panels & presentations on how best to programme archive films and market them to your audiences. more>

Final films line-up for ICO National Screening Days!

The essential film preview event for film exhibitors.  1 - 3 November 2014 at QUAD in Derby
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Available for booking

At Berkeley

"One of Wiseman's best" Leslie Felperin, Variety

Cinema of the month

Barn Cinema

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

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