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

Poem and Stone

Short Film

White Riot: London

Young Audiences Screening Day - register now!

Come to our Young Audiences Screening Day in May to see upcoming releases for children and young audiences and learn from expert speakers. Read more>

La Strada - back in UK cinemas this May

Sixty years since it won the inaugural Oscar for Best Foreign Film, revisit Federico Fellini's masterpiece La Strada, available in a new digital restoration. Read more>

The world’s ONLY film festival development programme

Developing Your Film Festival, recommended by over 120 film festival professionals worldwide, is coming to Edinburgh for the first time. Read more and apply here.

Need advice on starting or expanding your cinema?

The ICO offers a consultancy service to help establish, develop and grow cinemas. Find out more>

Available for booking

Mulholland Drive

David Lynch's masterpiece - now available in a new digital restoration

Exhibitor of the month

Lincoln Film Society

Taking smart risks with programming with Lincoln Film Society

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