FDA, Factory team for training

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LONDON -- The Film Distributors' Assn. and the Script Factory on Wednesday said that they have hooked up to provide a series of seminars and a script-reading training program targeted exclusively at U.K. film distributors.

The script-reading training will comprise three one-day courses aimed at supporting distributors in developing a thorough method of script analysis. The first session is skedded to take place April 3.

Script Factory co-director Briony Hanson said every feature film has a journey to make through the industry chain from concept and production to distribution and audience.

"The relationship between the Script Factory and distributor colleagues via FDA is a really essential way of linking the various sections of the industry," Hanson said.

Added FDA chief executive Mark Batey: "In today's digital world of abundant content, two elements appear vital for new films to cut through the pack. One is skilled and effective distribution if an audience is to be engaged, while the other, at the very outset of the filmmaking journey, is the screenplay -- the blueprint on which everything that follows is based."

The Script Factory is a filmmakers' organization that aims to bridge the gap between the established film industry and new talent.

The FDA is the trade body for U.K. theatrical film distributors. Films shown by FDA members account for 96% of U.K. cinemagoing.

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