The Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) represents the interests of film distributors in the UK and Ireland. Its membership ranges from Hollywood studios to independent operators and is responsible for 99% of all films released theatrically in the territory.

Brief history

Kinematograph Renters' Society Limited logoThe Film Distributors’ Association is the oldest film trade body in the world, and since its inception in 1915 has represented the interests of distribution companies which acquire, market and release films to cinema audiences.

Originally established as the Kinematograph Renters’ Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the organisation sought to bring some much-needed structure to the business of film supply following a rapid increase in audience numbers. Over the years a further name change to the Society of Film Distributors followed, before the Association settled on its present denomination.

Our activity

Across its history, the FDA’s mission has always been to actively support our member companies with all of the assistance and advocacy they need, in order to maximise their individual business opportunities and reach the broadest theatrical audience possible.

To fulfil its aims and serve members’ interests best, the FDA delivers an all-encompassing programme of five core inter-related workstreams:

  • Policy & Resources – to present a coherent, positive voice for the UK and Irish distribution sector
  • Content Protection – to safeguard copyright and eradicate film piracy sourced from cinemas
  • Media Services – to fully support membership requirements and all branches of the media
  • Audience Development – to better understand, excite and inspire the cinemagoing habit
  • Industry Training – to offer industry entry-level opportunities and develop future leadership potential