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Film Distribution and Marketing - MA

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: City Centre

Studying with us in 2021/22

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Shoot into the film industry with the world's first Master’s degree in film distribution and marketing. Available as a one-year intensive full-time course,  our MA Film Distribution and Marketing has been designed with industry to reflect the growing need for entrepreneurial producers, marketers and distribution experts.

Graduates from this course have secured roles with companies such as Koch Media (Germany), Kaleidoscope Films (UK), GFM Films (UK) and Red Arrow Media (Europe). You will have an opportunity to experience work placements during the course with previous placements including major industry players such as FilmNation (US) and Sony Picture Classics (US). 

What's covered in the course?

Taught by an industry experienced team, including Oscar-nominated producer, Lee Thomas, and film industry expert, Eugenio Triana, you'll develop the strategic skills needed to apply new and emergent models of film financing and market and engage audiences in a competitive, fast changing global entertainment business.

This Master’s course examines old and new business models spanning all aspects of the film development cycle.

The course embraces advances in technology, digital communication channels and opportunities to monetise content across a variety of platforms outside traditional cinema.

During the course, you will receive intensive tuition from industry professionals before working to create and deploy strategies for projects around development and pitching, financing and pitching to investors, and distribution and marketing campaigns - all under the guidance of mentors.

As well as this, you'll get to work on real film projects ranging from low- to no-budget esoteric art house through to more commercially ambitious genres and across all stages of a film's life cycle – from development to production to distribution. During the course previous students have worked with companies including New Yorker Films, New Wave Films, Kaleidoscope Films and the Taiwan Film Institute.

Additionally, Film Futures students will study in BCU’s new £260 million City Campus facilities. 

“I have learned so much about the industry throughout this Master’s program. It has provided me with exceptional opportunities throughout. I am very fortunate to have been a part of this program.” Matt Greenberg, Class of ’16

Why Choose Us?

  • The course has been developed with film distribution companies, digital communication experts and film producers to ensure it provides the skills and knowledge needed for distributing and marketing films in the UK and overseas.
  • There are great opportunities for internships, visiting film festivals and networking with producers and distributors. As part of your MA, you may (depending upon availability and module choices) be provided with a work placement opportunity with a film distribution company at Cannes Film Festival, the world's leading movie market and festival.
  • During the Cannes Film Festival previous students have worked for companies including GFM, Sony Pictures Classics, SC Films and Movie House Entertainment.
  • Lecturers and tutors are professionals currently working in the industry. You will receive extensive support in developing employability skills, including CVs and online profiles.

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Hanway Films
  • Think Jam
  • WestEnd Films
  • Kaleidoscope Film Distribution
  • GFM Film Sales
  • Red Arrow Entertainment

And in jobs such as:

  • International Sales and Distribution Co-ordinator
  • Sales and Acquisitions Co-ordinator
  • Project Manager

New £10,906 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,906 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements 

MA Film Distribution and Marketing is open to applicants who are enterprising, agile thinkers who can demonstrate an interest in film and developing marketing and distribution strategy.

You must be a graduate. If you do not have a degree, you may be accepted if you can demonstrate equivalent experience and / or qualifications.

You may have existing qualifications in:

Film / production

Business studies


Multimedia / digital content creation


Media and communications

And/or you may have work experience in the sector, such as:

Freelance filmmaking / production

Working as a runner, production coordinator

Producing /Directing

Extra information for International (non-EU) students 

English - IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any bands). We do also accept students who have TOEFL or Pearsons.

For information on equivalence scores and pre-sessional language courses please visit English Language provision

International Students

Entry requirements here


Please note, it is not a requirement to have previous experience working in the sector or to have studied a film related undergraduate programme, as the course will provide a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and basic core knowledge of film marketing and distribution.

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants will then be invited for an interview or for EU/International students via Skype or telephone.

  • UK students
  • International students

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2021

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  • Duration
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  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
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Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC
  • Full Time
  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
  • TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

*Professional Placement option

The Professional Placement version of the course is optional and is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.

This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability skills which will, through the placement experience, allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market. Furthermore, by completing the Professional Placement, you will be able to develop and enhance your understanding of the professional work environment, relevant to your chosen field of study, and reflect critically on your own professional skills development within the workplace.

You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study. You will also benefit from support sessions delivered by Careers+ as well as advice and guidance from your School.

Placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course. All students who do not find a suitable placement or do not pass the competitive selection process will be automatically transferred back to the standard, non-placement version of the course.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

For general information about applying to study at Birmingham City University, please head to to the University's general How to Apply section.

What's included?

  • £250 travel and accommodation allowance for placement activities.
  • Trip to the Cannes film festival, or an alternative experience, in May after the year of enrolment.
  • Membership to the producer’s forum 

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?

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In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Film Audiences and the Distribution Landscape
20 credits

This module will be an introduction to the structure of the film industry: how it is organised, its different players and how business models have evolved over the last 100 years. It will point to how these structures might change in the future or are already changing.

The Film Value Chain
40 credits

This module gives students a deep dive into the skills necessary for a career in film distribution. It will cover all aspects of the sector, from learning the intricacies of finance, to a close look at contracts, audience research and the landscape of distribution.

Major Project
60 credits

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed research project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. It is important that we can support you appropriately, so you will be guided towards choosing a research topic which is relevant to your discipline and in which your lecturers have expertise. The outcome may take the form of a written dissertation or a practical outcome with accompanying reflective, critical and contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be relevant to your programme and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

Film Festivals, Marketing and PR
20 credits

This module provides an in-depth look at a major crux for the film industry: film festivals. Film festivals play a part in the financing, distribution and marketing of independent films and therefore the study of them is a core part of the overall. The present module will give students an understanding of the importance of film festivals to the industry, and give them insight into the skills needed to mount a successful marketing and public relations strategy at a festival.

Film Marketing, Planning and Deployment
40 credits

This module will give students a thorough grounding in the skills necessary to successfully plan and carry out a film marketing strategy. The module will specifically examine the role of the distributor and the ways in which distributors market films from strategizing, through to planning budgets and implementation.

Digital Production in Practice
20 credits

It’s all about you! This module is centred around you and your personal and professional development. You will be the ‘Creative’ and the ‘Content Producer’ in the ideation, development, production and delivery of your own digital marketing assets.

Transmedia Terror*
40 credits

This module critically evaluates horror narratives in their cultural, historical and generic contexts across both visual and audio traditions, and asks you to analyze how debates in this area impact on creative and production practices in the field.

*(40 credit option not currently available, noted in the Course Handbook)

Core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Course Structure

In-class projects are structured around the main divisions in the film industry of production, sales, distribution and exhibition. The modules for the course relate to each stage of this cycle and in the Master's by Practice module you will work through a company in the sector to cover any area or topic of your interest.

The content and approach of the curriculum is informed by, and has a strong emphasis on, digital communication production processes. As often as possible learning will simulate real world processes and foster the practical application of skills during industry set projects, looking in depth at the marketing and film financing process from idea to deployment. Underpinning practical work will be a strong emphasis on business strategy, analytics and monetisation.

Assessment will mainly be based on individual portfolios, proposals, pitches and critical evaluations.

Classroom activities

The Film Distribution and Marketing MA is highly focused on in-class exercises and practical workshops. During your time at BCU, you’ll get to negotiate the rights for a project, create posters, trailers and other marketing material and pitch your film to an industry panel. As much as possible, we will simulate the experiences and tests of the professional world.

Student work

Students during their one-year course have worked for Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival, run the marketing within the university for the Cine Excess cult horror festival and organised their own screening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “The Commitments”, which drew seventy paying viewers to a live music and film event.  

For those taking the module ‘Film Marketing Planning & Deployment’, selected students have previously been placed within companies in the industry at the Cannes Film Festival, and have worked in assisting top film distributors, sales agents and production companies.

You can see what our students got up to here: 

Trips and visits

As part of your MA you may have the opportunity to take part in a work placement with a film distribution company at Cannes Film Festival, or an alternative experience. Students have previously worked alongside top film professionals in Cannes to learn more about the practicalities of buying, selling and acquiring films.

The Cannes International Film Festival is an annual film festival that previews new films from around the globe. Founded in 1946, it is one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world.

In previous years, students from the University have worked with international companies including FilmNation Entertainment and Sony Pictures Classics. Costs such as travel and accommodation are included in your course fee, although some additional costs may be incurred, depending on the placement.

Students also undertake a February one-week trip to London to visit companies such as Paramount, Warners, Vue Cinemas and UK independent film distributors and sales agents. 

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is specifically designed to prepare market-ready, entrepreneurial graduates able to meet the challenges of the new film distribution and funding environment, with the intention that students will play a key role in production teams of the future in emerging roles.

The course's strong emphasis on commercial awareness, market awareness and technological innovation in the sector also provides students with the opportunity to pursue careers in a wide variety of positions and company types.

Before their course is officially finished, Birmingham City University’s Film Distribution and Marketing students are already going on to greater things in the UK film industry. Gaining places at some of the top companies in production, distribution and marketing, the 2016/17 graduate class are maintaining the stellar history of employment for the Film Distribution and Marketing Masters. 


Joseph Hewitt – Executive Assistant, Hanway Films

In July, Joseph joined Hanway Films as executive assistant after having interned for the company at the Cannes Film Festival. His masters by practice was completed while employed at the company, which consisted of mapping out a business plan for a new online distribution company.

Hanway Films is the premier sales agent and producer in the UK film industry. Their catalogue includes titles such as “The Last Emperor”, “Nowhere Boy”, “Seven Psychopaths” and “An Education”.

Upcoming projects include “Mary Shelley” (starring Elle Fanning) and the psychological thriller “The Wolf Hour” (starring Naomi Watts). 

Annika Ranin – Investment Assistant, The Fyzz Facility

Annika Ranin is currently finishing her masters as a part time student in the distance-learning version of the Film Distribution and Marketing MA. This summer, she joined The Fyzz Facility, one of the largest film financing and production companies in the industry with offices both in London and Los Angeles.

The Fyzz Facility’s recent projects include Martin Campbell’s “The Foreigner” (starring Jackie Chan) and Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” (starring Jeremy Renner).

Cristina Martin – Sales and Marketing Assistant, Kaleidoscope Films

Cristina recently joined Kaleidoscope films after having interned for Sony Picture Classics and WestEnd Films during her time doing the course. This is the second time Kaleidoscope has hired a BCU student, after Caroline Lichnewsky of the 2014/15 graduate class.

Kaleidoscope Films is an independent UK distributor and sales agent that has been involved in projects such as Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge” and Bobcat Goldwaithe’s “Willow Creek”.

Sara Vonk – Sales and Acquisitions Assistant, Truffle Pictures

Sara joined Truffle Pictures this summer as she completed her masters by practice for BCU. She had previously interned at film production company FilmNaition (“Arrival”, “The Big Sick”) during the Cannes Film Festival.

A brand new company, London-base Truffle Pictures is currently involved in selling the rights to projects such as “The Hippopotamus” (based on the novel by Stephen Fry) and the drama “Mum’s List” (based on the memoir by St John Greene).

Konstantinos Palyvos – Acquisitions and Office Assistant, WestEnd Films

Having interned at IMG Films and Altitude Films, Konstantinos just joined WestEnd Films as their newest hire.

One of London’s most respected sales agents, WestEnd Films are currently in pre-production on Agnieszka Holland’s new project, “Gareth Jones” and the period horror film “The Banishing” from producers Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey.

Paid Internships

Natalie Featherstone – Communications/Publicity Intern at Think Jam

Natalie joined Think Jam in the fall having gained a place in the company’s competitive six-month internship programme. Since joining, she has worked in the campaigns for “Wonder Woman” and “Atomic Blonde”, and has already made her mark with ideas she pitched having been included in the final rollout.

Think Jam is the most successful film marketing agency in the UK. They have worked with clients such as Warner Brothers, HBO, 21st Century Fox, Canal Plus and many others.

Chloe Vidal – TV Format and Sales Production, NBC/Universal

Chloe joined NBC/Universal’s TV sales division at their London offices in July on a one-year contract, as she was finishing her end of year dissertation. Previously, she had interned at UK sales agent The Little Co.

NBC/Universal is one of Hollywood’s six majors and one of the major media companies in the world.


There are great opportunities for internships, visiting film festivals and networking with producers and distributors. For example, Birgit Mayrhofer secured a placement in a Film Distribution role at a leading film distribution company in London.

There are great opportunities for internships, visiting film festivals and networking with producers and distributors. For example, Birgit Mayrhofer secured a placement in a Film Distribution role at a leading film distribution company in London.

For those taking the module ‘Film Marketing Planning & Deployment’, there may be the opportunity for students to be lined up with a work placement with a film distribution company at Cannes Film Festival, or another alternative experience.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Links to industry

W have link with companies in the industry such as GFM Films, Thinkjam, SC Films, Kaleidoscope Films and Moviehouse. We have lecturers from a broad array of companies beyond this group and our students gain placements in a diverse range of companies. 

Graduate Jobs

In distribution, you could work as a distributor, marketing and publicity manager, marketing assistant, publicist orpublicity assistant. In the production field, you could work as producer, packaging consultant, producer’s assistant or assistant producer. Alternatively, you could work in sales as a sales agent, sales assistant, delivery manager or assistant or marketing manager or assistant.

Another possible destination would be working for a supplier as an advertising account manager or marketing partner. You could work at a graphic design agency, EPK (Electronic Press Kit) company, web design company, test screening company or trailer and design company, or in market research. Other graduates pursue freelance careers as a unit publisher or EPK director or producer.

Embrace New Models

Taught by Oscar-nominated producer Lee Thomas and film industry marketing expert Eugenio Triana, you'll develop the strategic skills needed to apply new and emergent models of film financing, get to market and engage audiences in a competitive, fast changing, global entertainment business.

The masters degree, part of the Film Futures programme, examines old and new business models spanning all aspects of the film development cycle.

Its programme embraces advances in technology, digital communication channels and opportunities to monetise content across a variety of platforms outside traditional cinema.

International students

Our School is particularly popular with students from South East Asia. Students are attracted by industry-focused, practical nature of the course, providing the opportunity to see how the industry works and find out more about distribution, festivals and pitching, giving you a better idea of how to break into what is often a difficult industry to enter

Student experience

Chia-Hsin Liu, from Taiwan, spent 10 days at the Cannes Film Festival working for the Taiwan Film Institute (TFI). This involved helping out with the TFI’s ‘cinema booth’, which showcased the country’s latest releases, and the Taiwan Night Party, and attending to the main actors.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Parkside and Curzon Buildings

Our School of Games, Film and Animation is based in the Curzon Building, a £63 million development, located on our City Centre campus.

We help you learn a specific discipline such as digital marketing, programming or art and put that discipline into practice by offering flexible teaching space, dedicated development studios and open access work areas for group projects, as well as course-specific facilities.

Gamer Camp

  • Dedicated games development studio space.
  • Apple and Android target devices.
  • One high spec PC for game development per code and art student and high spec laptop per business student. As a Gamer Camp student you have your own PC and desk in a games development studio.
  • Wacom Cinetiq graphics tablets for selected art roles, such concept, GUI and character.
  • PlayStation 4 development and test kits. We were one of only five universities in Europe to receive PS4 Dev at launch.
  • PlayStation VITA development and test kits.
  • Perforce Source Control.
  • Hansoft Project Management software.

Two-Year Fast-Track

  • High spec PC laptop (Games Development, Digital Art and Design and Production) for the duration of the course.
  • MacBookAir laptop (Digital Marketing) for the duration of the course.
  • Dedicated studio space for projects.

Future Media and Film Futures

  • Access to dedicated studio space including iMac computers to deliver projects with external clients.
  • IMDB Pro.

Staff introduction

Distance learning Senior Lecturer Lee Thomas is a film producer who has produced and executive produced over 20 short films and 15 feature films in the past 15 years, including The Road to Guantanamo and Nativity! He produced the short film The Voorman Problem, starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander, which was nominated for an Oscar.

Campus-based Course Director Eugenio Triana has worked in both development and production roles with TV and film production companies including ITV, Celtic Films, Tiger Aspect and Apollo Media.

Eugenio Triana

Course Director MA Film Distribution and Marketing

Eugenio Triana is the course director for Film Futures, the Marketing and Distribution course for Birmingham City University. He has worked in all areas of the film industry and his personal interest is in new developments in technology for film production and distribution. 

Read Eugenio's full profile

Lee Thomas

Guest Speaker

Lee has produced and executive produced over 20 short films and 15 feature films in the past 15 years including Michael Winterbottom's Silver Bear winning The Road to Guantanamo; Debbie Isitt's top box office hit Nativity and Penny Woolcock's controversial hip-hop musical 'One Day'.

His first feature Crush, starring Andie MacDowell, was released in all major territories and was distributed in the US by Sony Picture Classics. As creative producer Lee has developed feature ideas with Film 4 (First Look Deal), the MEDIA Programme (Slate Deal), BBC Films, UKFC, Warner Brothers, Glasgow Film Fund, and Creative England.

Between 2004 and 2010 Lee was Head of Production and Development at SWM, the regional screen agency for the West Midlands.

He has also produced animatronics special effects for Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and production managed Japanese car and fashion commercials shooting in Europe.

Before studying producing at the National Film and Television School Lee directed and produced documentaries, music videos and interstitials for Space Shower TV and Asahi TV in Japan.

Lee is a Skillset Mentor and a visiting tutor at the NFTS.

Read Lee's full profile

Frank Mannion

Senior Lecturer Film Distribution and Marketing / Movie Producer, Swipe Films

Frank Mannion runs the award-winning production, sales and distribution company, Swipe Films. The company has built up a valuable library of over 25 films, winning over 100 awards at major festivals around the world, including the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.

Frank Mannion's movies include:

  • 'Get Lucky' starring Luke Treadaway and Emma Atack (in production, co-financed by Universal Pictures)
  • 'Saving Santa' starring Martin Freeman, Noel Clarke, Joan Collins and Tim Curry (in production)
  • 'Jackboots on Whitehall', starring Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall (released by Sony Pictures)
  • 'Grand Theft Parsons', starring Johnny Knoxville, Michael Shannon and Christina Applegate (released by MGM in the US and Lionsgate in the UK)
  • 'In Prison My Whole Life' with Colin Firth, Mumia Abu Jamal, Mos Def and Noam Chomsky
  • 'Osama', winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film
  • 'The Cat's Meow', starring Kirsten Dunst, Joanna Lumley and Eddie Izzard, directed by Oscar winning director, Peter Bogdanovich
  • 'Love Live Long', written and directed by the Oscar nominated Mike Figgis
  • 'Exiles', starring Romain Duris and directed by Tony Gatlif, winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival
  • 'Frankie', starring Diane Kruger
  • 'Strings', starring James McAvoy and Catherine McCormack
  • 'Down to the Bone', starring Vera Farmiga, written and directed by Debra Granik. Winner of 2 awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

Read Frank's full profile

Pip Piper

Lecturer in Film and Live Project Tutor

Pip has been producing films for over 15 years from corporate to music videos to documentary and feature film.

His debut feature film 'The Insatiable Moon', which he produced with Tim Sanders (Lord of the Rings / Whale Rider) and shot in NZ in late 2009, won Best Foreign Film at Moondance in the US and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the NZ film awards.

Pip's latest documentary film 'Last Shop Standing', released in September 2012, has received wide critical acclaim and is being distributed across the globe. Pip is CEO of the Producers Forum, a members based film organisation focused on development, networking and campaigning.

Read Pip's full profile

Alan McQueen

Specialist Lecturer Film Business

Alan McQueen has spent the last 30 years working with the most important and influential UK film companies. He started his career in the film and home entertainment industry in 1983 with MSD Holdings. He then joined Palace Pictures, headed by Nik Powell and Steve Woolley. Palace Pictures were the most inventive, influential and important independent film company in the UK. Alan worked on such titles as 'Nikita', 'The Killer', 'Jean de Florette', 'Manon des Sources', 'Cinema Paradiso', 'The Evil Dead', 'Tatie Danielle', and many others.

Alan then set up Fox World Cinema, an adjunct of 20th Century Fox designed to sell and distribute art house and world cinema titles from a collection of independent distributors including Artificial Eye and Electric Pictures. They released such classics as 'Tokyo Story', 'Heimat', 'Delicatessen', 'Three Colours Trilogy', 'Clerks', 'Hidden' and hundreds of other titles.

Alan was also involved in forming the independent theatrical, video and DVD company Downtown Pictures, which quickly established itself in the UK theatrical market place with such titles as 'Gods and Monsters', 'Summer of Sam and Orphans'.

Alan then formed production company Mushroom Cloud Productions developing a number of projects before re-joining the home entertainment industry as Sales Director for World Cinema Ltd. They sold and distributed DVD for Tartan Video, Artificial Eye, C'Est La Vie DVD, Soda Pictures, TLA, Tyrone Productions, Pathe (World Cinema) and Yume Pictures.

Alan's love of writing has seen two novels published ('The Summervale Volunteers' and 'The Self Preservation Society'). 'The Summervale Volunteers' is being written as a TV series with BBC writers Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle on writing duties.

Alan has written and developed a number of screenplays, including 'The Mexican Spitfire', 'Them!', 'Index Finger in the Sock Drawer', 'Spirit of the Game', 'Footfingers' and 'The Brassiere Brigade'.

Alan recently produced 'Fathers of Girls', a documentary feature about Adam Ant, starring Ray Winstone and directed by Jack Bond.

Projects developed and owned or co-owned include, 'Coming Up' (to be directed in 2013 by Jessie Grace Mellor), 'The Foreigner', 'Outlaws', 'The Brassiere Brigade', and 'A Silent Bark'.

Read Alan's full profile

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Rebecca Tullener

Course Director BA Film Business and Promotion and PG Cert Film Distribution (distance learning)

Rebecca has 15 years of experience working across the digital/interactive media landscape producing printed artefacts, websites, commercial video, e-marketing plans and managing copy-writers, artists, designers, developers and video production staff.

Rebecca has delivered on key European funded initiatives in Birmingham School of Media and the School of Games, Film and Animation, focused on content creation and supporting local enterprises to use screen-based media technology. Rebecca’s held numerous roles at the university as Content Developer, Producer, Studio Manager and Project Manager and has led 50+ web development and commercial video production projects with local businesses, including the development of a digital image bank in collaboration with partner Birmingham Central Library to improve creative practitioner access to the library’s early fine print collection.

Read Rebecca's full profile