Industry Trainee Scheme



(Previous industry trainees photographed with FDA President, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate)

Are you passionate about film and want to work in the film industry, but are struggling to find your way in? FEDS 2020

FDA will be running an eight month paid traineeship at a UK distributor. We are looking to recruit ambitious trainees from across the UK who can display the following attributes and who are prepared to relocate to London.

  • A passion for film and a desire to learn
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office packages and email
  • The ability to work as part of a team

Dates: April 2020 – February 2021 in London

Trainees will undertake an office-based placement in a UK distribution company. We want to make the film industry more inclusive. People of colour, people who consider themselves to have a disability and those from economically challenged backgrounds are underrepresented in the commercial sector of the film industry. That’s why we welcome applications from these groups.

What's involved?

  • Trainees will work full time (defined as 35 hours per week) for 38 weeks in host companies, and will regularly attend training sessions with the other trainees, which will further enhance their employability skills and knowledge of the film industry.
  • Trainees will be paid a monthly training allowance equivalent to the London Living Wage (this is £306.25 per week and is exempt from tax and National Insurance).
  • Trainees will be entitled to 16 days annual leave, subject to agreement with their host organisation.

Trainees must...

  • Be new entrants to the film industry i.e. not have more than twelve months industry work experience, be it continuous or discontinuous/paid or unpaid.
  • Be UK residents and eligible to work in the UK.

To apply please fill in the online application form at

A film distributor acquires the rights to release a film in a particular territory and is then responsible for the marketing of that film domestically, with the ultimate aim of maximising a film’s commercial potential. Essentially, the role of the distributor is to engage  film with audiences. To this end the distribution company will:

The deadline for applications is end of day on March 6th 2020

For more information regarding film distribution in the UK please see For any queries please contact us at