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

The Long Goodbye

Artists' Film

La Région centrale

Short Film


Developing Your Film Festival 2015

Do you love your film festival but wish it didn't almost kill you? This is the course for you! more>

Far from the Madding Crowd

Our glorious 4K digital restoration of John Schlesinger's 1967 classic stars a luminous Julie Christie as Thomas Hardy's Bathsheba Everdene. Read more>

ICO Children's Screening Days - May 2015

The ICO is delighted to announce the first Children's Screening Days, an industry screenings event showcasing upcoming releases for children, families and young people. Read more>

BAFTA Shorts 2015

We're releasing the BAFTA-nominated shorts for the third year running - a superb programme of live-action and animated shorts, available to book from March 2015. Read more>

Available for booking

The Invisible Life

"A rigorous, elegant study of emotional crisis" **** Andrew Pulver, Guardian

Exhibitor of the month

Borderlines Film Festival

"Easily the UK's most impressive rural film festival" - Independent 

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