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

All the President's Men

Artists' Film

Vivian's Garden

Short Film

Powers of Ten

Early bird rate for Archive Screening Day 2017!

Registration is now open for our Archive Screening Day, held at BFI Southbank this December, with a special £15 early bird booking rate for a limited period. Read more>

Your chance to start your career in film

Apply by 18 October for an eight month paid traineeship at one of the UK's top indie cinemas or film festivals. Find out more> 

BFI Thriller on Tour

This autumn, the ICO is bringing you a nail-biting and suspense-filled UK-wide season in partnership with the BFI as we take Thriller on Tour. Find out more>


Available for booking

Losing Ground

Kathleen Collins's 'nearly lost masterwork' set against a New York summer

Exhibitor of the month

Tour des Cinemas

Read about the new ideas changing cinemas across Europe

Cinemas in the UK

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

Browse the directory >

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