About Us

What we do

Film Distributors' Association Ltd. (FDA) is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK - the companies that release films for UK  cinema audiences.

Originally established in London in 1915, FDA liaises and works with many individuals, companies and organisations. FDA's Council, or board, comprising a senior representative of each member company, normally meets six times a year and considers only matters of generic interest to film distributors.

FDA is a voice for UK film distribution

We represent a distribution stance in regular representations to and consultations with the BFI, the government and other trade organisations in the film industry. We are also a passionate advocate of distributors' pivotal role in the well-being of the whole film economy.

We are a founder member of Cinema First Ltd, a generic marketing body which works to increase and broaden the UK cinema audience across the board.

Film is an influential, dynamic part of the UK's creative economy and FDA is engaged in the industry's on-going efforts to combat film piracy and theft. We are members of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the Alliance for IP. Visit our dedicated section on film piracy.

We are also represented on the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC), a forum for the discussion of policy issues affecting the audio-visual industries.

FDA is a substantial supporter of the UK film industry - geared mainly towards the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

We are a long-standing key sponsor of the National Film & Television School at Beaconsfield Studios, whose graduates usually populate the crews of several feature films released in UK cinemas each year. Discover more at www.nfts.co.uk

Services for journalists

FDA is also a key service provider to the UK's national and regional media. We arrange central schedules of national and regional press shows and other media screenings, and we administer the Cinema Days events for regional film writers. Find out about our services for journalists by logging into the Media Centre from the homepage.

FDA members

FDA member companies' releases account for approximately 98% of UK cinema admissions. Our current membership is listed here. You can read more about the origins of film distribution in the UK here.