British indie distribs set up org

IDFA will not compete with Film Distributors Assn.

LONDON — Twelve British indie distribs have joined forces to form the Independent Film Distributors’ Assn.

The new body has been set up for indies to explore common interests and possibilities in the ever-changing U.K. and international landscape.

Founder companies are Artificial Eye, Dogwoof, eOne, Icon U.K., Lionsgate U.K., Metrodome, Momentum Pictures, Optimum Releasing, Revolver, Soda Pictures, Vertigo and Verve Pictures.

eOne topper Alex Hamilton will serve as IFDA chair in its first year while Verve Pictures’ Colin Burch will act as vice chair.

The new org said its agenda will not conflict with the existing Film Distributor’s Assn., the trade body repping distributors in Blighty (which also includes studio members) and stressed all existing indies signed up with FDA will continue to remain so.

“At times of considerable change and challenge in the U.K. marketplace, companies of all shapes and sizes have come together in a spirit of enthusiasm and collaboration to see if we can, on occasion, speak with one voice,” said Hamilton. “The companies who’ve signed up to the association cover almost the entirety of the independent sector and we hope that we can make a contribution across a wide range of industry issues.”

Hamilton added that the body would not be collective bargaining unit.

“We all know each other and we’ve all worked together quite often and while we’ll all negotiate individually with normal business partners, the formation of the body is more prompted by changes in the U.K. landscape,” he said. “We don’t know what the scope of the organization will do yet but there are certain things up for grabs post the U.K. Film Council landscape. Independent distribution is different from studio distribution and this organization is trying to provide a platform where indies can speak with one voice.”

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