Frequently Asked Questions
Not a Hollywood studio
film. The majors, the household names of the movie
business for decades, normally produce movies within
their own corporate divisions and distribute them
through their subsidiaries all round the world. A
film is described as independent when its financing,
production or distribution occurs in whole or in
part outside this vertically integrated structure.
When it is distributed independently, a film sales
company appoints local distributors in each
international territory to release the movie.
film sales companies?
feature films can be financed without a forecast
of their value in world markets or a plan to
reach those audiences. Our members are the companies
undertaking this key role. Some are also closely
connected to production companies or domestic
distributors in the UK and many are proactive as
executive producers, connecting filmmakers with
finance and co-production partners. The specialist
activities of an international sales company
- Developing, financing and executive
producing independent films for export into
- Selling the distribution rights in
independent films to domestic distributors
in territories throughout the world.
- Creating the marketing materials which
will be used to promote independent films to
audiences throughout the world.
- Formulating marketing strategies for the
worldwide release of independent film
based around the major international film
- Offering technical services to producers
ensuring that their films can be exploited
effectively in the ever changing digital
Why are they important?
Sales companies provide access, knowledge
and experience in what is a highly specialised
field. They are a bridge between the creative
and commercial sides of the film industry
operating in an ever changing marketplace. Sales
companies are often the first to detect shifts
in taste, trends or fashions in cinema and are
therefore well positioned to work alongside
creative filmmakers in developing a robust and
sustainable independent film business in the UK
which produces films with significant commercial
potential for worldwide release.
Sales companies make an invaluable
contribution to the British economy generating
millions of dollars annually from distribution
agreements which flow into UK. In equal measure,
they also facilitate the export of British
help me find a sales company to handle my movie?
page links to individual
are a valuable research tool to study the tastes
and activities of our members. However, the
association cannot recommend one member over
another. You should contact the companies
directly. They are always looking out for good
help me find a job?
We are hoping to
develop training schemes for new entrants to our
sector but we do not offer a service to forward
CVs to our membership. Keep an eye on our
pages for news of our schemes.
Export UK funded by the taxpayer?
No. We receive no government grants to fund
our overheads. The association is funded by
subscription fees from the members, although
sometimes we supply services to government
agencies in return for fees.
have to be a UK company to apply to be a Full
No. Your company simply needs to maintain a
staffed film sales office in the UK (ie. not a
brass plate) actively selling feature films