The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is the leading cultural agency in the UK for film exhibition. We have pioneered successful models for a sustainable, culturally challenging and inclusive exhibition sector that are now shared both nationally and internationally. Our mission is to stimulate an open, thriving and challenging film culture as we believe that cinema nourishes the soul and changes people’s lives. In our 15 years of existence we have built a nationwide network and have extensive engagement with exhibitors with 87% of independent exhibitors having used one of services.
Our cultural leadership has seen us grow from a team of three, focusing on programming cinemas to a team of 16, operating as a cultural agency of national and international renown, delivering professional training in the UK and beyond, providing bespoke consultancy services, developing audiences across the board for cultural cinema and building sustainable creative businesses. With all our work, we focus on ensuring that audiences everywhere in the UK have access to the widest range of international and independent British film.
We are financially supported by the British Film Institute, Creative Skillset and Creative Europe and we generate approximately 35% of our income from our own activities.
The ICO currently has a number of vacancies on the Board of Trustees. We are keen to attract new members who will be committed to the organisation and are able to give the necessary time, energy and dedication to help lead us through the next stages of development.
We are looking to recruit new members with skills and/or connections in one or more of the following areas:
- Public relations
- Fundraising and development
- Training and skills development
- Strategic relationships with the BFI, the Arts Council and other relevant public and cultural sector agencies
- Diversity and equality
- Human resources development
- Intellectual property
- Property management and development
We are keen to hear from anyone who feels they can offer these skills: we are very open to people whose life experience might yield skills from unexpected sources. We are keen to make further connections, especially in the business and commercial worlds. We are also looking for some people sufficiently senior and networked to help us lead our forthcoming national and international developments.
To download a full board pack and find out how to apply, visit:
About Independent Cinema Office (ICO)
Our mission is to develop an open, challenging and thriving film sector. We are the UK’s national body that supports independent cinemas, film festivals and exhibitors of all forms. We want everyone to have access to cinema that nourishes the soul and changes lives.