Picturehouse Central was an impressive venue for our first Distributor Slate Day, which was produced in collaboration with Film Hub London. In fact, this event was the first of its kind for the independent film sector, bringing first class distributors to present a strong selection of specialised, British and independent film to Film Hub members, who came from around the country.
With 16 distributors presenting the best new and future releases, we were enticed with an impressive array of film. BFI Distribution brought two restored pieces of classic cinema with Dr Zhivago and Le Mépris as well as some wonderful archive film to complement the release of Suffragette in October. We saw some innovative and challenging titles from distributors including Curzon Artificial Eye, Peccadillo and Dartmouth Films and tasted an array of stimulating new feature documentaries from Dogwoof. With Tangerine from Metronome and The Lobster from Picturehouse Entertainment, our exhibitors could sample unconventional filmmaking at its best. Along with all this, we were offered crowd-pleasers too with The Lady in The Van from Sony and the charming animation The Big Knights from ICO… a palette to satisfy everyone’s tastes!
It was fantastic to see such a range of films being presented that could offer a wide spectrum of work for the differing tastes and needs of our exhibitors. We have already had really positive feedback from the event, which appears to satisfy a strong need within the independent exhibition sector. We hope that events such as these will forge new and strong relationships between distributors and exhibitors to then improve access to non-mainstream titles for communities around the country.
Enormous thanks goes to Film London for their hard work in making the event happen.