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

Late Spring

Artists' Film

A Brightness Swallowed

Short Film

White Riot: London

Young Audiences Screening Day - register now!

Want to see new films for children and young audiences and learn from expert speakers? Passes are still available for our Young Audience Screening Day on 5th May. Read more>

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: Black Britain

Relive the 20th century through the eyes and voices of black Britons in our new collection of rare archive film. Find out more>

La Strada - back in UK cinemas this May!

60 years since it won the inaugural Oscar for Best Foreign Film, revisit Fellini's masterpiece La Strada - now available to book in a new 2K digital restoration. Read 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

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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