Senior Executive, Sales & Distribution

British Film Institute


Salary: £57,471 - £67,902

The BFI are seeking a Senior Executive to lead on successful delivery of National Lottery supported Film Fund investments to the marketplace and to our UK and international audiences.

Fixed Term Contract: 3 years

Working closely with senior managers across the BFI, this role provides oversight and joint approval of Film Fund lottery investment decisions, including approval of sales, distribution and commercial strategies for all Film Fund backed lottery projects, as well as strategic input into production related BFI-wide economic and international industry activity.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Oversee UK and international sales and distribution plans for Film Fund films in conjunction with producers and co-financiers to ensure all agreed plans maximise audience in the UK and key territories internationally.
  • Lead on international and distribution strategy for Film Fund projects, including leading on the appointment of sales agencies and approving the sales strategy, proposed distribution offers, marketing materials, and launch strategy.
  • Work with Head of Production Finance to manage commercial detail of Film Fund investments, including tracking sales, costs and revenues post launch to forecast recoupment and exploitation as accurately as possible.
  • Support Production Finance to maximise income from all BFI film’s together with the development and maintenance of a database of distributors and sales agents.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Significant experience in film acquisitions, sales, distribution, production or production finance background.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of worldwide distribution companies, streamers, sales agents, markets and festivals.
  • Proven track record of seeing feature films through the finance, sales and release cycle.
  • Experience in attending international markets and festivals to progress production and sales of independent films.
  • Strong international contacts with the ability to independently build on these to effectively deliver results.

A full list of responsibilities and minimum requirements can be found in the job description, available from our website.

About the BFI

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. We believe society needs stories. Film, television and the moving image bring them to life, helping us connect and understand each other better. We share the stories of yesterday, search for the stories of today, and shape the stories of tomorrow.

At the BFI you’ll enjoy benefits such as excellent support for working parents, 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

We support diversity and inclusion, and as an organisation recognise that we need to address under representation within our teams. As such we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from our under-represented groups; who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or are ethnically diverse. We guarantee a first interview to our under-represented groups who meet our minimum requirements.


Please apply for this role through our jobs portal.

Further details about the role, the BFI and our benefits can be found on our website.

First interviews will be held in on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April 2023

Second interviews will be held in the week beginning 10 April 2023

The closing date for this position is 27/03/2023 at 23:59

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