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Related Links: Exhibition and Distribution: Shorts

Useful organisations and websites for short film exhibition and distribution.


For links to some of the major UK and international film festivals, as well as to comprehensive festival directories, see our Related Links: Festivals.

UK Exhibitors: National

We've listed a selection of national and regional short film exhibitors but to find out about more it's worth checking the news and events sections/calendars of filmmakers' online communities such as:
Shooting People
Talent Circle

Animate!, the experimental animation production scheme, runs screening events and talks in London and around the UK.

BBC Big Screens
The BBC Big Screens show (mainly local) films and video content in major cities around the UK. They also run a touring screen during the summer which travels all over the UK to events and urban spaces.

Bitesize Cinema
Bitesize Cinema runs regular short film screenings in cinemas across the UK.

Future Shorts
One of the largest exhibitors of short film in the UK, Future Shorts runs short film screening events at cinemas and venues across the UK and Europe.

Lux is a not-for-profit company promoting artists' moving image work. Lux online includes a calendar of upcoming screening events and links to filmmakers' websites.

Adventures in Moving Image: a touring international festival of moving image featuring animation, short films, motion graphics, music videos and interactive art.

UK Exhibitors: Regional

Bug: London
Successor to the popular Antenna, Bug runs a showcase of music videos at the BFI Southbank. Find out about future Bug events.

Exploding Cinema: London
A coalition of filmmakers committed to developing new modes of exhibition; from DIY screenings in all kinds of venues to low/no budget film tours.

OFVM: Oxfordshire
OFVM hosts regular screenings and networking events for filmmakers in Oxfordshire.

Short & Sweet: London
A weekly London showcase of short films, music videos and animation from around the globe.

Watching Shorts - Online, TV, & DVD

For more information on watching shorts online, on TV and on DVD see our Related Links: Recommended Watching

UK Distributors

Candella UK
Candella UK distributes packages of short films at over 300 European and worldwide festivals, with the specific aim of promoting UK filmmaking beyond our shores. Candella-promoted shorts have won major prizes at European festivals in recent years.

Dazzle Short Film Label
Dazzle Films is run by Dawn Sharpless, an independent London-based short film distributor and sales agent. Dazzle Films represents and distributes worldwide a catalogue of high-quality shorts.
Watch Dazzle films on Film Network

Future Shorts
As well as running short film screening events at cinemas and venues across the UK and Europe, Future Shorts also distributes short films.

A national agency that exhibits and distributes artists’ moving image work.

Network Ireland Television (NITV)
Network Ireland Television is a Dublin-based company that distributes short films internationally.
Watch NITV films on Film Network

onedotzero specialises in non-traditional filmmaking and digital moving image. They organise events and have a DVD label as well as distributing films.
Watch onedotzero films on Film Network

Shorts International (formerly Brit Shorts)
A short film production and distribution company based in the UK. They specialise in programming and selling short film.

Launching Films: Film Distributors' Association
Film Distributors' Association Ltd. (FDA) is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK - the companies that release films for UK cinema audiences.
See also their guide to film distribution microsite:

UK Talent Agents

We've listed just a few leading talent agents in the UK below. If you'd like to find out about more agencies, the Write Words website has a handy directory of film & tv agents (please note - you need to pay a membership fee to view the contact details for these agencies.)

The Dench Arnold agency represents award-winning writers, directors and heads of department.

International Creative Management (ICM)
ICM is one of the biggest talent agencies in the world (please note - it does not have a UK specific website).

Peters, Frasers, Dunlop
A leading international talent and literary agency.

Rod Hall Agency
A London-based specialist literary agency for film, television and theatre.

Sayle Screen Ltd
A London agency representing writers, directors and producers for film and television drama.

William Morris Agency
The Motion Picture department of the William Morris Agency, an international talent and literary agency, represents screenwriters, producers, directors and actors.

Useful Resources

BFI: Guide To Distribution & Exhibition 2001

The BFI published a guide to Distribution & Exhibition in 2001 that is downloadable from their website as a PDF. Whilst many of the organisations mentioned are now out-of-date, it still offers some really helpful advice.

LUX Distribution Guide
Lux, the national agency that exhibits and distributes artists’ moving image work, has produced an excellent distribution guide. Whilst the focus is on artists' film and video work, the guide is an excellent resource for any filmmaker wanting to find out more about the exhibition and distribution process.

Related Guides

To check what rights and clearances you'll need to show your film in public, see our Legal Guide: Rights & Clearances Checklist

For more information on how to market your short, see our Filmmaking Guide: Marketing Your Short

For information on how a talent agent could help you, see our Filmmaking Guide: Getting a Talent Agent

To find out more about other means of exhibiting your short, see our filmmaking guides on screenings, festivals & awards, television and online

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