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FILM6033 Current Issues in Film Distribution and Exhibition

Module Overview

The module offers the opportunity to study theories, concepts and professional practices relevant to the analysis of the distribution and exhibition of smaller budget independent film, in a range of different contexts, both commercial and subsidised. It includes study of the ways in which economic, technological, and cultural factors can impact on film distribution and exhibition.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• develop your understanding of the cultural, political and economic factors impacting on the distribution and exhibition of independent film, in particular in the UK • examine, in particular, the role that marketing and audience development play in the process • engage in current debates about film distribution and exhibition.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the range of cultural, commercial and institutional contexts within which independent film is distributed, marketed, curated and exhibited
  • some of the key functions of cultural professionals involved in film distribution and exhibition
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop self-reflective practices and self-management skills
  • work effectively both as part of a team and individually
  • use a range of sources, both electronic and print, for the purposes of research and presentation
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate the impact of cultural, economic, technological and political factors on film distribution and exhibition
  • analyse and evaluate some key professional functions required for the distribution and exhibition of independent film


In addition to being informed about the contribution that scholarship and criticism is making to the analysis of film distribution and exhibition, you will examine, usually through case-study, the role played by professionals working in this area of the industry. You will also have the opportunity to study the effects of changing cultural, commercial and technological factors on film distribution and exhibition. You will be encouraged to develop self-reflective practices which may assist your own future professional development.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • tutor-led presentations to introduce key issues and topics • student presentations and plenary discussion • contributions from Visiting Speakers who work in relevant areas • tutor-supported individual work Learning activities include • preparation and participation in group discussion on a variety of relevant topics • completion of assignments requiring you to research and make use of a range of primary and secondary sources

Independent Study132
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

De Valck, M (2005). Cinephilia: movies, love and memory. 

Iordanova, Dina (ed) (2009). Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit. 

Jancovitch, M. & Fairie, L (2003). The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption. 

Finney, A (2010). The International Film Business: a market guide beyond Hollywood. 

Baillieu, Bill and Goodchild J (2002). The British Film Business. 

Kerrigan, Finola (2010). Film Marketing. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? - tutor-supported workshops ? - peer discussion/support ? - consultation with your tutor in preparation for the formal assessments


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 85%
Oral presentation 15%


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Coursework %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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