Market Place Live at BFI Southbank
The latest edition of Film London and Film Export UK's panel show took place at BFI Southbank. The format involves a panel of top industry executives each representing different stages of the film value chain who evolve an entirely hypothetical film project (with elements chosen by the audience of emerging filmmakers) from development through financing and production to distribution.  Market Place Live is supported by Creative Skillset and this edition has been filmed to provide training aids in due course.


Trainee scheme progresses

FEDS - Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme [#filmFEDS]  is a trainee scheme successfully launched in 2015 that returns this year.

Sixteen talented people (pictured above), mainly from groups underrepresented in the film industry, have been recruited to undertake an office-based placement in  film distribution, independent exhibition or international sales companies. As well as gaining hands-on experience of working in the film industry, the trainee placements are enhanced with classroom-based learning to provide a brilliant general overview of the film industry. Film Export UK has partnered on the scheme with the Film Distributors' Association (FDA) and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO). It has been funded the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund which is supported by the National Lottery through the BFI and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund. Click on this links for more information









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Film Export UK is the trade body for companies with UK offices selling, marketing & distributing independent feature films around the world.

The association performs a wide range of functions to support and sustain the export of British independent films from UK companies. From operating umbrella stands at key international film festivals and markets to lobbying government on UK film policy, Film Export UK positions itself at the forefront of the international film industry ensuring that its members’ interests are represented at the highest level and striving for the value of their contribution to the UK, both culturally and economically, to be recognised.

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