Advice for film societies

Film societies have long provided one of the most vital forces in independent film exhibition in the UK. The film society movement has continued to ensure that innovative, diverse film programming takes place in areas of the country where cinemas either don't exist or where there are few alternatives to the mainstream.

The ICO provides a programming advice and enquiries service to all film societies in the UK, offering advice on:

  • Film availability
  • Release patterns
  • Hire terms
  • Archive material - programming and exhibition
  • Formats
  • Rights tracking information
  • Referrals to specialised organisations
  • Accessing publicity materials

If you have an enquiry, please email and we ask that you allow a week for your query to be answered in order to enable us to resource the service effectively.

For distributor contact details for booking films see the below:

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Independent Cinema Office

3rd Floor, Kenilworth House, 79-80 Margaret Street, London W1W 8TA
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