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


Short Film

Quasi at the Quackadero

Sid and Nancy

Celebrate 40 years of punk with Alex Cox's cult biopic of Sid Vicious - starring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as the ill-fated king and queen of alternative rock. Read more>

Ken Loach's Poor Cow - in cinemas nationwide

"Ken Loach's Poor Cow now looks more than ever like his key early masterpiece [...] Has to be seen on the big screen." ***** Peter Bradshaw. Read more>

Want to improve your tech set-up & need advice?

Look no further! Our Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition scheme provides bespoke technical advice and assistance to independent exhibitors across the UK. Read more>


Available for booking


Our Kurosawa reissue "reminds you why cinema exists" Mark Kermode, Observer

Exhibitor of the month


Cinema as therapy: read about the fantastic charity that runs cinemas in hospitals nationwide

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