Film Distributors’ Association Ltd (FDA) is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK –
the companies that acquire, position and release films for UK cinema audiences.
Originally established in 1915, FDA liaises and works with many individuals, companies and organisations.
FDA’s Council, or board, comprising senior representatives of each member company, normally meets six times a
year and considers matters of generic interest to film distributors and the wider industry.
FDA's mission is to give our member companies and other contacts all the generic support
they need to make the most of their individual business opportunities.
To fulfil our mission, we currently deliver a work programme with 5 interlocking strands:
Training & development – to enhance the skills, confidence and networks of distribution people
Safeguarding copyright – to prevent damaging pirated copies being sourced from, or circulated within,
Media services – to fully service all branches of UK media with timely preview screening schedules and
generic content solutions
Audience development – to better equip UK filmgoers to decide on their next cinema visit
Policy & resources – to articulate compellingly the UK film distribution sector’s best
FDA is a very active and substantial supporter of the UK film industry – geared mainly towards the next
generation of filmmakers and audiences.
In recent years, for example, we have co-ordinated a successful (and very diverse) internship programme for our
We are also a long-standing sponsor of the National Film & Television School at Beaconsfield Studios –
NFTS graduates populate the crews of various feature films released in UK cinemas each year – discover
FDA is a founder member of Cinema First Ltd, a generic marketing body that works to increase and broaden UK
cinema audiences across the board.
Currently we are partners in the Meerkat Movies scheme, sponsored by Compare the Market, which offers
2-for-1 cinema admission on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Explore more here
Film is a highly influential, dynamic part of the UK’s thriving creative economy, and the business of
film distribution generates a substantial economic multiplier effect. FDA is delighted to be represented on
many pan-industry bodies such as the British Screen Advisory Council and the Alliance for Intellectual
Services for journalists and influencers
FDA is a key service provider to UK media. We arrange central schedules of press shows and other
‘official’ media screenings, currently held in London, Glasgow and Manchester.
Discover more about our services for journalists by logging in to the Media Centre from the homepage
Films released by FDA’s diverse membership generate around 98% of UK cinema visits – and with
just 1% of the world’s population, the UK accounts for 5% of global cinema box-office receipts.
Our current membership is listed here.
You can read more about the origins and development of UK film distribution here.
FDA's President, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, delivers an agenda-setting keynote address to industry colleagues in