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

An Autumn Tale

Artists' Film

Felis Catus

Short Film


Screening Days - 29-31 October 2016

Screening Days returns to Broadway, Nottingham with film highlights from Cannes, Venice and LFF and a focus on inclusive programming. See the final line-up!

One to One Consultancies

Our popular consultancy sessions return! Book a One to One and get an hour of bespoke advice from an industry expert, tailored to your needs. Read more> 

Britain on Film on Tour

We're delighted to launch our brand new series of archive programmes for your cinema, film club, museum, archive or community space, in partnership with BFI! Read more>

BFI Black Star

Check out our upcoming ten film season, in partnership with BFI Black Star, celebrating some of the finest performances by black talent on screen. Read more>

Available for booking

The Host

Miranda Pennell's remarkable feature debut "refuses to get back in its box’ - Sight & Sound

Exhibitor of the month

The Dukes

Read about the Lancaster venue's dementia-friendly screenings and their impact on local audiences

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