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


Artists' Film

Poem and Stone

Short Film

Refuge England

The world’s ONLY film festival development programme

Developing Your Film Festival, recommended by over 120 film festival professionals worldwide, is coming to Edinburgh for the first time. Read more and apply here.

Screening Days March 2017

We're nearly sold out! But there still places left for Monday 13th March at our upcoming Screening Days at BFI Southbank... Read more>

Need advice on starting or expanding your cinema?

The ICO offers a consultancy service to help establish, develop and grow cinemas. Find out more>

The 'greatest film of the 21st Century' back in cinemas

Mulholland Drive, David Lynch's masterpiece, is now available to book in a stunning director approved 4K digital transfer. Click here to read more>

Available for booking

BAFTA Shorts 2017

Support new British talent with our programme of BAFTA-nominated shorts

Exhibitor of the month

Lincoln Film Society

Taking smart risks with programming with Lincoln Film Society

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