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

Zabriskie Point

Artists' Film


Short film

Pitch Black Heist

Love film? Want to get a head-start in the industry?

Our new FEDS trainee scheme will give 12 ambitious candidates a placement in a film distribution, independent exhibition or international sales company. Read more>

Final programme confirmed for Archive Screening Days!

Showcasing films from the UK's national and regional film archives and incorporating workshops, panels & presentations on how best to programme archive films and market them to your audiences. Read more>

Film Festival Confab 2014 at Industry@Tallinn

In partnership with Black Nights Film Festival, we're collaborating with Industry@Tallinn to bring you Film Festivals Confab - a day of debate and discussion focussing on the changing roles of film festivals more>

Do you need affordable business advice?

Specialised consultants are now available across the UK for bespoke, on-site business planning, strategy and finance training for independent film exhibitors. Read more>

Available for booking

At Berkeley

"One of Wiseman's best" Leslie Felperin, Variety

Cinema of the month

Barn Cinema

Located in a renovated 14th century barn in the medieval courtyard of Dartington Hall. 

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