Where and how films are shown publicly in the UK, and how to find audiences for your film.
Rooftop Film Club - A unique outdoor cinema experience screening classic, cult and recent film releases on established rooftop venues across London.
ICO (Independent Cinema Office)
The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is the national support organisation for independent exhibitors of all kinds including cinemas, film festivals and film societies. With a mission to bring a wider range of films to a wider range of audiences, the ICO acts as programming advisors, distributors, consultants, development agents, and providers of training and other services.
The ICO is a unique organisation in specialised cinema whose key activities are: Film booking and programming
Distribution of films that would not otherwise find a UK audience, including films aimed at young audiences
Training for cinemas, film festivals and film society staff
Consultancy at a subsidised rate for local authorities and not-for-profit organisations
Developing audiences for world cinema and artists’ film
Organising events and providing advice to cinemas, film festivals and film societies in the UK
British Film Institute (BFI)
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. It combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, and awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research. The BFI supports a range of film exhibition initiatives including:
BFI Film Audience Network
The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialised and independent British film.
The Network is made up of nine Hubs which offer support and funding opportunities to film exhibitors based in their designated regions.
- Film Hub Scotland
- Film Hub Northern Ireland
- Film Hub Wales
- Film Hub North
- Film Hub North West Central
- Film Hub Central East
- Film Hub London
- Film Hub South West & West Midlands
- Film Hub South East
BFI Neighbourhood Cinema
BFI Neighbourhood Cinema offers support to local community venues with the aim of boosting audience choice across all areas of the UK, including funding for screening equipment.
British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC)
The BBFC is an independent, non-governmental body which classifies film, video and computer and console-based games which are commercially released for the UK market.
The BBFC online database offers a searchable record of classification decisions taken from 1913 onwards. The BBFC also offers a wealth of resources for pupils, students and teachers interested in classification issues, including access to the BBFC's vast archives and a programme of events and seminars.
Cinema Arts Network (CAN)
A membership consortium owned by 13 independent arts venues, forming a wider UK partnership for a hi-speed digital network to explore innovative ways of creating and exhibiting film, multi-platform media and live inter-active events.
Cinema For All
The national organisation for the development and support of the film society and community cinema movement in the UK. Formerly known as the British Federation of Film Societies, Cinema For All has a broad remit to: Offer free advice and ongoing support; Bring exhibitors together through events, screenings, workshops and networking opportunities; Publish advice, case studies and educational materials to help groups at all stages of operation; Provide a wide range of member benefits, including access to the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, insurance discounts and special offers from our partners; Champion the community cinema sector, and advocate at a national level on policy, planning and licensing.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland, via funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
Funded by the MEDIA programme and Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC), Europa Cinemas is a film theatre network focusing on European films. Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that commit themselves to screen a significant number of European non-national films, to offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences and to screen digital European non-national films.
FDA (Film Distributors' Association)
FDA is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK - the companies that release films for UK cinema audiences. Their website hosts a searchable database of films for release in the UK over the recent and coming months.
The FDA represents the distribution stance in regular representations to and consultations with the BFI, the government and other trade organisations in the film industry. FDA is engaged in the industry's on-going efforts to combat film piracy and theft.
A European network of independent cinemas organised to support and encourage the freedom of programming and diversity in film culture. Kino Climate's aim is to generate new ways to work across diverse cinema venues and cultures.
Regional Screen Scotland
The development agency for cinema facilities and organisations in Scotland.
Rooftop Film Club
Popular outdoor cinema experience, screening cult, classic and new releases on top of established rooftop venues around London (with venues also in New York and Los Angeles). With directors chairs, wireless headphones and blankets the Rooftop Film Club have perfected the art of outdoor cinema, with events running in London from May to September.
Launched in 2007, Secret Cinema has taken the world of immersive experiences by storm. From grassroots film screenings in abandoned London buildings, to large-scale productions in some of the most spectacular spaces, the boundaries between performer and audience, set and reality are constantly shifting. Secret Cinema experiences fuse film, music, art, theatre, and dance, and create unique spaces for social encounters, adventures and discoveries where films come to life.
UK Cinema Association/ UKCA (formerly Cinema Exhibitors Association)
The UKCA represents the interests of over 90 per cent of UK cinema operators including single screen/owner managed sites as well as the largest circuit and multiplexes.