About Us

What we do

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, the UK
  • 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 generic interests
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 sector. 
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 more  here.

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 Property.

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.

FDA members

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 April 2018.