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

Lives of Performers

Short film


At Berkeley - now available for booking

Frederick Wiseman's 38th documentary is a profound, resonant study of campus life - a "richly detailed,  microcosmic and truly engrossing work" (Sight & Sound)... Read more>

Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition

The ICO and BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) are proud to present Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition, the first ever programme of its kind - providing bespoke technical advice and assistance  for independent exhibitors of all shapes and sizes across the UK... Read more>


Available for booking

We Shall Overcome

"Leaps and bounds with the energy of Billy Elliot ... Unmissable" The Guardian

Read more >

Cinema of the month

Hebden Bridge Picture House

First opened in 1921, it's one of Britain's last civic-owned cinemas.

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