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

All the President's Men

Artists' Film

Vivian's Garden

Short Film

Powers of Ten

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BAFTA Debuts - now available to book!

Celebrate the exceptional work of British directors who won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer with our new, bespoke tour. Read more>

Britain on Film: LGBT Britain

Britain’s LGBT history amid a century of explosive social change is the inspiring and moving subject of our fourth Britain on Film on Tour programme. Find out more>

Celebrate India on Film

Plan your Indian summer now! In the 70th anniversary year of Indian Independence, bring rarely seen true classics of Indian cinema to your venue with our fantastic new tour. Read more>

Available for booking

Losing Ground

Kathleen Collins's 'nearly lost masterwork' set against a New York summer

Exhibitor of the month

Tour des Cinemas

Read about the new ideas changing cinemas across Europe

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