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

A Necessary Music

Short Film

Across Still Waters

Beautiful, radical, experimental - discover new artists' film

Come to PARALLEL, our first artists' moving image Screening Days at Arnolfini in Bristol and discover a brand new world of artists' film. Read more>

The BAFTA Shorts returns!

Check out this year's selection of live action and animated BAFTA-nominated shorts - in cinemas nationwide from 26th February. Read more>

Kurosawa's Ran - now available for booking

Our 4K digital restoration of Akira Kurosawa's masterly jidaigeki epic, a fusion of Shakespeare's King Lear and Japanese legend, is now available to book. Read more>

Power in Our Hands

Our groundbreaking new documentary about the Deaf community's fight to be heard is free to book - PLUS we've speakers and resources to support screenings! Read more>

Available for booking

The Host

Filmmaker Miranda Pennell's fascinating investigation into BP's archive and her family past.

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