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 American Friend

Artists' Film

Downside Up

Short Film

Un chant d'amour

'One of the country's greatest living directors' (LWL)

The Sky Trembles..., the visionary, exploratory new film from award-winning British director Ben Rivers, is out in cinemas across the UK now. Read more and see all playdates>

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>

First films and a children's film focus for Screening Days!

New titles for our July event include Swallows & Amazons, Chevalier and Alone in Berlin, and we'll be running sessions on children's cinema ahead of the summer holidays. Read more>

Artists' film programmes for your venues

Resonant, provocative and visually thrilling, our new programmes Cadenza and Soil is History offer an excellent opportunity to screen work by leading artists in your cinema. Read more>

Available for booking

The Artists Cinema 2016

Our unique project bringing experimental film back to the cinema.

Exhibitor of the month

Curzon Community Cinema

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

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