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Film exhibitors supported with Distributor Slate Day event

Date posted: 14.09.2015

Film distributors and exhibitors will meet next week meet for the Distributor Slate Day, an event hosted and organised by Film Hub London and Film Hub South East - two of the nine lead partners in the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). The day is designed to build even stronger links between distributors and exhibitors, and is unique in its focus on British and non-mainstream film.

This multi-distributor event represents the first time the FAN has engaged with the distribution industry on such a large scale. The aim of the event is to encourage exhibitors and distributors to work even more closely together in order to explore how they can help UK audiences experience a wider range of exciting new titles.

Hosted at Picturehouse Central, 16 distributors - including majors and independents such as 20th Century Fox, BFI, Dogwoof, eOne, Picturehouse Entertainment and Curzon Artificial Eye - will present upcoming theatrical slates to 250 exhibitors.

All exhibitors attending the event, from multiplex operators to indie cinemas and film clubs, are members of the BFI FAN, which in total has some 1,000 members. The day will offer special insights into the distribution and marketing strategies for films including Suffragette, The Lobster, Green Room, Brooklyn and The Lady in the Van.

Mark Batey, Chief Executive of Film Distributors' Association (FDA), said: "As film consumption is product-based, it's vital that film distributors are front and centre of UK audience development initiatives, and that they work in close partnership with the exhibition industry. Therefore, the FDA is delighted to have worked closely with Film Hub London and Film Hub South East on this exciting, well attended Slate Day, and we look forward to more in future."

The full list of distributors attending the event is: 20th Century Fox, Altitude Film Distribution, BFI, Curzon Artificial Eye, Dartmouth Films, Dogwoof, eOne, Independent Cinema Office, Lionsgate, Metrodome, New Wave, Peccadillo Pictures, Picturehouse Entertainment, Soda Pictures, Sony and Verve.

Image credit: Fringe! Film Fesitval audience by Dave Thorley

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