Distributor Slate Days 2019
Date posted: 24.09.2019
Last week saw the return of the UK's top networking event for film distributors and exhibitors, Distributor Slate Days, for a fifth consecutive year.
This major industry event, funded by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) with National Lottery funding and organised by Film Hub London and Film Hub Scotland, takes place annually, building stronger links between distributors and exhibitors and showcasing a range of exciting upcoming theatrical releases.
Slate Days 2019 took place at Picturehouse Central and was no exception - a record 30 distributors were in attendance to present their upcoming slates to over 300 exhibitors from cinemas across the whole of the UK, from Shetland to Portsmouth and everywhere in between.
Exhibitors were treated to trailers and in-depth presentations on over 100 films which will be hitting UK screens over the next 12 months, from animated family favourites, magical restorations and high-end drama to harrowing conflict documentary and cutting edge comedy.
There were also two very special guests in the room - The Thick of It and Alan Partridge creator Armando Iannucci was on hand to help Lionsgate present his The Personal History of David Copperfield, which will open London Film festival next month, while grime artist Rapman, the man behind Shiro's Story, introduced his debut feature Blue Story for Paramount.
Following day one's presentations, day two saw distributors and exhibitors really get to work with a series of networking and booking meetings - in total, 348 scheduled meetings took place, amounting to 15.5 working days of meetings in a single day.
Both the magnificent set of films presented and the enthusiasm of the exhibitors was a testament to the vibrancy, diversity and rude health of independent cinema, and points towards an exciting 12 months in UK cinemas.
Slate days is run by Film Hub London, Film Hub Scotland and BFI FAN Network in partnership with Picturehouse Central and MUBI, and kindly supported by ComScore, MPS, Eclair and Filmbankmedia.