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

The Boy with the Green Hair

Artists' Film

Latifah and Himli's Nomadic Uncle

Short Film

One Day a Man Bought a House

Do you need affordable business advice?

Specialised consultants are now available across the UK for bespoke, on-site business planning, strategy and finance training for independent film exhibitors. Read more>

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

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

Screening Days North & North West Central

Our next Screening Days event runs at the Light Cinema in Merseyside over 25th & 26th January 2015. Films confirmed include Still Alice and Cannes favourite Turist... Read more>

Screening Days Scotland

We're proud to be partnering with Film Hub Scotland for a Screening Days event running alongside Glasgow Film Festival over 17th & 18th February 2015... Read more>

Available for booking

Box of Delights 1 & 2

Two compilations of award-winning shorts for children featuring a dazzling array of animation.

Cinema of the month

Barn Cinema

Located in a renovated 14th century barn in the medieval courtyard of Dartington Hall. 

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