Brit film biz getting new voice


Thirty-one British film sales companies have joined forces to launch a trade association, Film Export U.K., aimed at promoting the sale of British films overseas, it was announced Tuesday by Ralf Kamp, chairman of sales company Odyssey Entertainment, at a launch reception at the House of Lords (HR 6/27).

The group aims to provide sales companies with a lobbying voice within the industry that will be able to champion their interests with government and public bodies in the U.K. and Europe as well as represent members' interests on issues like new-media rights.

It also will encourage new talent to join the sector by developing targeted training plans and will raise awareness of member companies, their activities and their films at home and in the international marketplace.

Launch members include such ventures as Bankside Films, Capitol Films, Dreamachine, High Point, Handmade Films International, Park Entertainment, Odyssey Entertainment and Pathe Pictures International.

"There are more independent film sales companies in the U.K. than anywhere else in the world, except California, and yet many people are not aware of what and how much we do for each and every film. This is something we need to redress," Kamp said.

"We believe that we are at a crucial moment in our industry's history, and the U.K. sales companies have joined together at this time to ensure the future success and well-being of the U.K. film business," he added.