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

Data-Driven Marketing

Work in marketing and want to see big results in your cinema or film festival? Learn how to use data to do just that in our specially tailored course. Read more>

Britain on Film on Tour

We're delighted to launch our brand new series of archive programmes for your cinema, film club, museum, archive or community space, in partnership with BFI! Read more>

FEDS 2017

Applications are now open for our third year of FEDS, an eight month long paid traineeship for new entrants to film that wants to rebalance the scales. Read more>

BFI Black Star

Check out our upcoming ten film season, in partnership with BFI Black Star, celebrating some of the finest performances by black talent on screen. Read more>

Available for booking

Sid and Nancy (R/I)

"A welcome corrective to bland punk nostalgia" ***** Guardian

Exhibitor of the month

The Star & Shadow

Five tips on building your own community cinema from Newcastle's inspiring cooperative

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