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

Refuge England

Screening Days March 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 edition of our flagship event at BFI Southbank, 11-13 March! Don't miss out. Read more>

The ultimate course for your cinema career

Cultural Cinema Exhibition is for programmers, marketers, education officers or people who want to start a cinema. Apply now for this incredible opportunity!

The 'greatest film of the 21st Century' back in cinemas

Mulholland Drive, David Lynch's masterpiece, is now available to book in stunning director approved 4K transfer. Click here to find out more


Available for booking

Britain on Film:
Rural Life

An evocative exploration of the UK countryside through the 20th century

Exhibitor of the month

The Star & Shadow

Five tips on building your own community cinema from Newcastle's inspiring cooperative

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