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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an independent film?
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.
What are film sales companies?
Few independent 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 include:-
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 culture abroad.
Can you help me find a sales company to handle my movie?
The Member Companies page hyperlinks to individual member pages 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 films.
Can you help me find a job?
We do not offer a service to forward CVs to our membership, but we are involved, from time to time, in Intern and Trainee schemes. Keep an eye on our Training pages for news .
Is Film 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.
Do you have to be a UK company to apply to be a Member?
No. Your company simply needs to maintain a staffed film sales office in the UK (ie. not a brass plate) actively selling feature films internationally.
FILM EXPORT UK'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
All directors submit themselves for election by the membership every two years.
Natalie is a partner at Metro Int'l Entertainment and has held senior positions at several companies including Ealing Metro, Film Four and J & M.
Caroline has held senior positions at AV Pictures, Metrodome International and Truffle Pictures and now works with Film Seekers.
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Simon founded SC Films International in 2008 after holding senior positions at Velvet Octopus, Icon Entertainment Int'l and Capitol Films.
Nicole is Head of Sales at HanWay Films after senior roles including at Fortissimo Films, J&M Entertainment and Rank Film Distributors.
Fabien is CEO of Film Constellation which he founded in 2016 after holding senior sales positions at HanWay Films and WestEnd Films.
Charlie Bloye - Chief Executive
After early experience with the Rank Organisation Charlie held senior sales positions at Renaissance Films, Signpost Films. and Peace Arch Films.