Cannes Film Festival, UK out in force
In common with their counterparts in other sections of the film industry the UK's sales companies are out in force this year. This downloadable MAP indicates where they can be found both within the Palais des Festivals convention centre and also dotted along the Croisette. Pictured below, the UK Film Centre (aka the British pavilion) can be found in the International Village and full details of its talks and workshops can be accessed on the WeAreUKFILM website.


Trainee scheme starts

FEDS - Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme [#filmFEDS]  is a new trainee scheme for 2015.

Fifteen talented people, mainly from groups underrepresented in the film industry, have been recruited 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 will be enhanced with fortnightly 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 by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2, the UK film skills strategy. The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund is supported by the National Lottery through the BFI and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund.









UKTI is the government department that offers practical help and advice for businesses trading internationally. For more information visit

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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