FEDS 2018: Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme [#filmFEDS]

Exhibition Companies (cinemas and film festivals)

Film Exhibition is essentially another term for cinemas and film festivals. The exhibitor's role in the industry is to select films they want to screen and attract audiences to watch them. They focus on bringing new films to audiences. 

Applying for a role in exhibition will mean you are based at an independent cinema or film festival and your activities may include:

  • Liaising with filmmakers and distributors to acquire the rights to screen films

  • Inviting and handling talent attached to films for events held around their screenings, such as Q&As, events and press junkets

  • Researching audience trends and helping develop new audiences for film content

  • Marketing films you have programmed by creating posters, newsletters, webpages and social media posts

  • Developing community outreach programmes and events to better connect to their community and audiences

  • Utilising the latest projection technology to present films to the public in the unique environment of the cinema auditorium
  • Our own website is a good place to start when looking at the overall activity of the exhibition sector, along with the websites of your favourite cinemas or film festivals. Click here to read the ICO's advice about working in film exhibition.

        Placement roles available

        Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

        Chapter is an ambitious, multi-artform cultural space based in Cardiff, Wales that presents and produces international art, performance and film alongside a dynamic social space.

        Doc|Fest, Sheffield

        Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. Operating in the heart of UK, we’re a hub for all documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects. 

        MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling

        Located at the heart of the University of Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre is a cultural hub for Stirling, the Forth Valley and Scotland, making active connections with people communities and ideas, for entertainment, wellbeing and understanding

        Aesthetica Film Festival, York

        The Aesthetica Short Film Festival, founded in 2011, is an international film festival which takes place annually in York, UK, at the beginning of November. It a celebration of independent film from around the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking.

        GFT, Glasgow 

        What began as a single screen cinema over 40 years ago has become Scotland’s most diverse and best publicly attended independent cinema in Scotland, with Glasgow Film Festival one of the top three film festivals in the UK. Glasgow Film is a national centre for film and moving image media where audiences and filmmakers experience and debate cultural practice and ideas through diverse, unique and quality programmes that transform the way people see the world, through film. 

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