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


Short Film

Quasi at the Quackadero

Screening Days - 29-31 October 2016

Our Screening Days event returns in October to Broadway, Nottingham with a new selection of the best independent films.  We're delighted to kick off with these stunning films in the opening line-up!

Sid and Nancy

Celebrate 40 years of punk with Alex Cox's cult biopic of Sid Vicious - starring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as the ill-fated king and queen of alternative rock. Read more>

Want to improve your tech set-up & need advice?

Look no further! Our Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition scheme provides bespoke technical advice and assistance to independent exhibitors across the UK. Read more>

Ken Loach's Poor Cow - in cinemas nationwide

"Ken Loach's Poor Cow now looks more than ever like his key early masterpiece [...] Has to be seen on the big screen." ***** Peter Bradshaw. Read more>

Available for booking


Our Kurosawa reissue "reminds you why cinema exists" Mark Kermode, Observer

Exhibitor of the month


Cinema as therapy: read about the fantastic charity that runs cinemas in hospitals nationwide

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