Join our centenary celebrations
2015 marks the centenary of organised film distribution in the UK.
The cinématographe machine was invented at the end of the 19th century and first used in London in 1896.
In the years that followed, entrepreneurs travelled with the new technology to public halls and theatres, adding it to variety show bills, with strings of short films for projection.
The films themselves soon became the main attraction, creating a new form of storytelling and immersive entertainment. In the UK, purpose-built cinemas began to appear in the early 1910s and a classification (or, at the time, ‘censorship’) board was established in 1912.
The manufacturers/distributors of the moving pictures –pivotal to the development of the whole industry – formed their trade association, originally named the Kinematograph Renters’ Society, in December 1915.
The association was subsequently renamed the Society of Film Distributors, and today is called Film Distributors’ Association (FDA). There are 30 member companies and Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE is President.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the milestone of our 100 years in the course of 2015 – please check back on this page for further news in the months ahead!