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

A Necessary Music

Short Film

Across Still Waters

Want to screen films but unsure how?

It's easier than you think! Find out what licenses you need and how to get started in our Advice & Info section. Read more> 

Free consultancies for community cinemas

Need advice? We're offering free, bespoke consultancy sessions to members of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema scheme this autumn. Read more>

The Big Knights - in the press

Read all reviews of our animation programme, hailed as "one of the funniest, goofiest, most ideas-stuffed kids cartoons in decades" **** by Time Out. Read more>

First films for our Winter Screening Days!

Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul and Hirokazu Kore-eda's masterful Our Little Sister are the first titles confirmed for our Winter event in January. Read more>

Available for booking

Letters to Max

"A winning meditation on a lesser-known land" **** Total Film

Exhibitor of the month

Curzon Community Cinema

The oldest purpose-built cinema in the UK on its very modern 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