Distributor Slate Days returns for eighth year

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Attendees at Distributor Slate Days 2019

Distributor Slate Days 2019

Taking place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September, 25 distributors are set to present upcoming slates to exhibitors, bringing together indies and majors; multiplexes and film clubs.

Distributor Slate Days, the UK’s top networking event for film distributors and exhibitors, returns live to Picturehouse Central for a two-day schedule packed with presentations and 1 to 1 meetings. In addition to the live event there is also an online offer with recorded presentations and digital meeting opportunities.

From the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) supported by with National Lottery funding, Distributor Slate Days is delivered by Film Hub London and Film Hub Scotlandand is part of FAN’s membership development programme. The event welcomes distributors and exhibitors from across the UK and creates opportunities for the two industries to forge stronger ties and explore new collaborative opportunities.

Whilst the first day will see distributors present marketing and audience development plans for new titles, the second day will be dedicated to ‘speed dating’ meetings between distributors, exhibitors and specialists. These concise, individual meetings will allow attendees to discuss potential opportunities to collaborate on specific titles but also develop longer term partnerships.

Distributors of all sizes will present a selection of features to exhibitors from across the UK ranging from multiplex operators, indie cinemas and local film clubs. Amongst those attending this year’s Slate Days are 606 Distribution, BFI Distribution, Bulldog Film Distribution, Dartmouth Films, Disney, Guerilla Films, Independent Cinema Office, Modern Films Entertainment, Munro Films, Parkland Entertainment, Republic Film Distribution, Signature Entertainment, Studiocanal, Studio Soho Distribution and Talking Drum Entertainment.

As a vital part of the film industry’s ecosystem, cinemas contribute significantly to the UK’s culture and economy. Now more than ever it’s so important that we support and celebrate what is unquestionably the best place for filmgoers to experience the magic of the movies. With independent distributors set to attend Distributor Slate Days, alongside returning majors, we look forward to what promises to be an exciting and diverse programme. I would like to thank the BFI Film Audience Network, Film Hub Scotland, Picturehouse Cinemas and our generous sponsors for their commitment and enthusiasm toward this event.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission

Outside of Picturehouse Central, London

Picturehouse Central, London

In these turbulent times cinema offers us an opportunity to come together and enjoy great storytelling. We are delighted to once again collaborate with our Film Hub London colleagues in delivering Distributor Slate Days at Picturehouse Central. As the sector regains some kind of normality, this event is important in connecting exhibitors and distributors and offering us a rich and varied picture of the new release titles for audiences to enjoy in cinemas later this year.

Allison Gardner, Chief Executive of Glasgow Film

The event is in partnership with Picturehouse Central and the Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) and kindly supported by comscore, Filmbankmedia and usheru.

Slate Days is part of BFI FAN’s UK-wide Member Support and Development programme, which focuses on the professional development of FAN Members – and therefore the UK’s exhibition sector – and is led by Film Hub Scotland. The programme also includes the industry conference This Way Up, professional help through the Advice & Experience Scheme and national training delivered in partnership with the Independent Cinema Office.

Attendance is prioritised for exhibitors who are part of BFI FAN. For more information and to register for the event, please email slatedays@filmlondon.org.uk. Registration for the physical event closes on 14 September at 5pm.