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

La Belle et la Bête

Artists' Film

Rough Cut

Short film


The King and the Mockingbird

One of the best animated features of all time: this sparkling, Miyazaki-influencing classic from Paul Grimault was the biggest re-release in France last year.

In cinemas from Friday 11 April more>

BAFTA Shorts 2014

"Eight small wonders, stocked with infinite space [...] a cinema release of the eight short films that competed at the BAFTAs is a joyous subversion of the norm." - Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman

In cinemas from Friday 28 February more>

Developing Your Film Festival 2014

Our flagship training event returns! The ICO and Motovun Film Festival are proud and excited to announce the dates for Developing Your Film Festival 2014. Read more>

Seven Streets, Two Markets and a Wedding:
Glimpses of Lost London from 1930 - 1980

Our superb new feature-length archive programme, in cinemas from Friday 23 May more>

Available for booking

The Dr Who collection

Celebrating 50 years of Dr Who, we're delighted to present 2k restorations from the 1960’s

Cinema of the month

Red Carpet Cinema

A beautiful new boutique cinema built overlooking the water of Barton Marina in Staffordshire.

Cinemas in the UK

Click the map to get a list of independent exhibitors in your area.

Browse the directory >

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