MA

Film Sales & Distribution

This MA degree offers a comprehensive overview of the entire film, television and media distribution business, in how it works from beginning to end. The course will focus on the sales and distribution sectors and how each operates in the global marketplace.

Students will acquire the necessary skills and competencies in the following areas including: deal structures, release strategies, legal, financial business and marketing practices, and film and media global markets.

Programme Overview

The programme is one year in duration over three terms of study. A visit to an international film market and a short work placement for students is integrated into the course.

  • Our tutors are industry professionals with knowledge and experience of contemporary industry practice and trends.
  • The course involves a relatively higher level of practical and professional skills covered on the programme.
  • Students experience working with the support and guidance of experienced producers to help realise their vision.
  • Students will develop and pitch their final graduation project with the help and support of a mentor from the very start of their course. Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.
  • Progression: Graduates will find opportunities in International Sales and Distribution and Marketing companies, in entry-level positions such as Acquisitions Assistant, Distribution Assistant or Sales Coordinator. Platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime and other emerging platforms offer opportunities for employment too.

Programme Facts

DURATION:
1 year

START:
October 2020

FEES:
UK/EU £9,900 per year
+ £500 REGISTRATION FEE

International £17,450 per year
+ £500 REGISTRATION FEE

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Student Story

Nicolas

The importance of industry tutors in our class is key, as they know exactly what they are talking about. It is great having the opportunity to work with them, and to talk with them about their experience. A lot of them have worked for the BBC which I think is fantastic. We talk alot about networking, because at the end of the day, its not only about your skills, but how well you market yourself.

Nicolas Voyiazoglou,

MA STUDENT

Course Outline

RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE1

This is a cross-specialisation research methods module, is designed to communicate the breadth of the research spectrum from its origins in philosophical, scientific and sociological enquiry, to its contemporary forms and applications within academic and industrial contexts. The module offers opportunities for students to apply subject knowledge to their specialization whilst facilitating an improved student exercise through shared learning activities across several MA course cohorts.

STRUCTURE AND ANALYSIS OF SALES AND DISTRIBUTION FOR FILM AND SALES STRUCTURE MEDIA

MODULE2

This module explores film and media industry markets, and teaches the processes that underpin the operations of sales and distribution. It teaches the contemporary structure of domestic and international landscapes for sales agencies and distribution companies, past and present. The syllabus covers the markets for Independent and Studio content, Television and the Gaming industry, as relating to a broader media environment. Emphasis is given to the contemporary innovations in distribution, exhibition and audience, including online distribution and self-distribution models.

LEGAL DOCUMENTATION IN SALES AND DISTRIBUTION

MODULE3

The module will enable students to develop an advanced understanding of the legal, financial and business practices of film and contemporary media platforms for sales and distribution purposes. It covers the legal paperwork and contracts associated with development, pre-production and post-production.

MARKETING EMERGING STRATEGIES AND DISTRIBUTION

MODULE4

This module aims to enable students to understand, develop and apply professional standard promotional materials and marketing practices and utilise these when attending markets and festivals. This module explores and teaches analysis of key Industry Markets for theatrical and non-theatrical content including Cannes, Berlin Sundance, AFM and MIPCOM. The psychology and the art of selling and negotiation, including presentation and enhanced communication and interpersonal skills. Festival and Market Field trips and exposure to practicing industry complement the module.

MAJOR PROJECT

MODULE5

This is a practical film and media sales, marketing and distribution module exploring the technical, business, legal and aesthetic elements that constitute advanced reflective practice in this area. It will be a record of the student’s development as a critical practitioner and as a nascent executive in film sales marketing and distribution. Students will, through creating a portfolio of sales, marketing and distribution campaigns across a range of film and media platforms, develop high-level organisational skills, personal discipline, collaboration and project and time management skills.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree, in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience.
  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview.
  • MA Film and Distribution students may submit a short report. For the October 2021 entry the report will be mandatory. If you wish to submit a report as part of your application please email hello@centralfilmschool.com for the topic.
  • A Visual Portfolio is not required for this programme.

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Fees

Understanding the costs and financing options open to you as you plan your studies will help you to make a wise investment in your future career.

UK/EU

£9,900 per year

(£9,900 / DEGREE) + £500 REGISTRATION FEE

International

£17,450 per year

(£17,450/ DEGREE) + £500 REGISTRATION FEE
  • Tuition fees cover

Actors costs, shooting kit and Production budgets for module exercises. This does not include your Graduation Film for which you will need a budget of approximately £500.

  • Student Loans are available for UK/EU students

of up to £11,222. EU students may also apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable.

  • Scholarships available

Including scholarships for International Students.

  • Additional costs

A Production hard drive for your work, travel expenses, and Graduation Film budget.

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Student Work

Our Tutors

Valeria Bullo

Valeria started her film career in corporate films and documentaries before moving into independent feature films for companies like Warp and Revolution. She worked her way up through the ranks of production, eventually undertaking roles working on big budget studio feature films for Warner Brothers, Universal and Disney including Inception, Fury Road and Maleficent. In her role at Pathe as Production Executive, from 2014 to 2019, Valeria helped to oversee and support each production from development through to distribution on films including Pride, Selma and Judy, which has just won.
She is currently working as a freelance production consultant and independent producer. Valeria is the founder of CineMamasUK; an online platform launching in 2020 aimed at helping job-sharing and encouraging flexibility in the film industry. The platform will support parents and carers wanting to job share, by providing valuable information and helping them find someone to buddy up with, but also assist producers and HoDs to manage job sharing crew.

Valeria Bullo

TUTOR, PRODUCER, PHYSICAL PRODUCTION

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