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

Want to put on a film screening but don't know how?

Read our Advice & Info pages on the licensing you need to get started. More>

The Invisible Life - available to book

Portuguese director Vitor Gonçalves' return to cinema after 25 years is a "rigorous, elegant study of emotional crisis" **** Andrew Pulver, Guardian. 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>

ICO Children's Screening Days - May 2015

The ICO is delighted to announce the first Children's Screening Days, a free industry screenings event showcasing upcoming releases for children, families and young people. Read more>

Available for booking

Far from the Madding Crowd

"Gorgeous... entrancing and elemental" *****
Time Out

Exhibitor of the month

Gulbenkian Cinema

The University of Kent's 300 seat cinema with an ambitious programme

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