Training Courses

FEDS 2016: Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme


Encounters Film Festival, Bristol

The second iteration of our Film Exhibition, Distribution and Sales Traineeship scheme (FEDS) began in March and will run til November 2016.

We recruited 17 ambitious trainees from across the UK for a 9 month paid traineeship in a high-profile film company. We prioritised applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people and those who consider themselves to be disabled, which are underrepresented groups in the film industry. This scheme is delivered under section 37 of the Race Relations Act.




Encounters Film Festival, Bristol

Glasgow Film, Glasgow

Film Africa Festival, London

Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton

Genesis Cinema, London

While FDA work directly with the Sales and Distribution trainees, ICO recruited, placed and are training the following 5 exhibition trainees:

– Elizabeth Chege based at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol

– Krushil Patel based at Glasgow Film, Glasgow

– Naomi Rathod based at Film Africa Festival, London

– Rebekah Taylor based at Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton

– Yasmeen Ismail based at Genesis Cinema, London

Trainees will undertake an office-based placement in a film distribution, independent exhibition or international sales company. As well as gaining hands-on experience of working in the film industry, the trainee placements will be enhanced with regular industry insider training to provide the trainees with a comprehensive overview of the industry.

Check out the video we made about the scheme with FEDS 2015 graduates!

Call for Host Companies for 2017

We need host venues to continue our FEDS scheme. Could your cinema or film festival host a hard-working, aspiring trainee from an underrepresented group? Apply now!

The ICO is now seeking applications from cinemas and film festivals from across the UK for the third year of our highly successful Film Exhibition, Distribution and Sales (FEDS) scheme. Just 3% of employees in the film industry come from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and less than 1% consider themselves to have a disability. This scheme aims to begin addressing these issues of representation and has already seen strong results in ongoing employment in the film industry.

We are able to offer five venues and festivals throughout the UK the chance to benefit from a full time entry-level member of staff for nine months from March to November 2017.

The trainee will benefit from on the job experience in your venue, as well as building their skills and knowledge at intensive monthly training sessions organised by the ICO. If you want to read more about the scheme and how it works, click here.

If you’d like to host a FEDS trainee at your venue or festival, please download and complete an application form and send it to
If you’d like more information about the scheme before you apply, please call us on 0207 636 7120 or email

Applications are now closed

The deadline for host company applications was 4pm on Thursday 15 September 2016

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