Filmonomics: Future Leaders (2016)

Filmonomics Future Leaders is a leadership programme for women with 7+ years film distribution experience.


Do you want to be a distribution leader? Do you want to run your own distribution company?

We are launching our inaugural FUTURE LEADERS DISTRIBUTION training programme. Supported by Creative Skillset and The Film Distributors’ Association, the programme is a response to the 2012 film workforce census findings – only 20% of CEOs and directors in UK film distribution are female, compared to 47% of the workforce.

The ten month programme is designed to fit into a fulltime work schedule and will be 11 sessions spread across 10 months Jan-Oct 2016 – a blend of 5 workshops, mentoring, 2 days of work shadowing female leaders in other sectors, and tailored coaching for each individual.

FUTURE LEADERS – DISTRIBUTION is a leadership training programme for women with 7+ years of film distribution experience and who have the ambition to run / own a distribution business or operate at a higher executive level.

Leadership exists at all levels in organisations and businesses. In order to operate as effective leaders we need to feel comfortable in our own skins and to speak with confidence in our own authentic style. Leadership also involves understanding our skills and believing in our business so we can inspire and lead others.

Three sessions will be joined up with the FILMONOMICS FILMMAKERS workshop for future distribution leaders to train with and get to know the future female and BAME filmmaking talent and cross pollinate ideas and share learnings from the respective disciplines.

FUTURE LEADERS – DISTRIBUTION will endeavour to arm and inspire the 8 participants in 2016 in their career goals and entrepreneurial ambitions in order that the next film workforce census figures on female management in film distribution climb beyond 30%

Course Leaders

Mia Bays

Mia Bays is an Oscar winning, twice BAFTA nominated producer, on documentary and fiction, who has worked on over 50 features in various capacities, and is passionate about promoting the female voice in the film industry and has just taken over the Birds Eye View platforms to do such. She began her career in the film industry in distribution, working for Romaine Hart, a successful female distributor and exhibitor in the early 1990s, and her first role model.

Julia Short

Julia Short has years of film marketing and distribution experience on huge campaigns such as FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, LOCK STOCK AND 2 SMOKING BARRELS, before setting up her own company Verve, releasing films such as DOGTOOTH, RED ROAD and SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN (which Mia produced) before selling to her partner a few years ago. She is now running a number of high profile courses in film including Inside Pictures.

Leadership Coaching lead by Averil Leimon BAHons MPhil : Averil is an executive coach, a leadership psychologist, an author and a media commentator. She is a founder of leadership consultancy White Water Group, and the force behind White Water Women.

Through her work in big business, we will have access to female leaders from other sectors to build our work shadowing program and bespoke coaching for each participant, benefiting from her work at the cutting edge of female entrepreneur training.



“We are thrilled to be piloting this course to find the future leaders in UK distribution from an all-female cohort. We will be cutting edge with our data and best practice and we will be looking at other business sectors for inspiration and experience, which is an exciting element of this programme. It balances hard business with personal development to ultimately, we hope, address greater diversity in leadership roles.

A more balanced leadership picture in the UK distribution sector can also arguably help the sector economically. The female cinema-going audience is now in the majority in the U.S and UK but our film industry does not reflect this.   FILMONOMICS FUTURE LEADERS can focus on the individuals who will drive forward change so that the distribution sector is armed for the future by representing the audience more closely”.




Applications for the Filmonomics Future Leaders Programme will open on Tuesday 21st October 2015


The Film Distributors Association are making up to 8 full bursaries for each participant coming from an FDA member company.  The participant will need to pay the fee in full before the course and then Filmonomics Future Leaders will arrange reimbursement from the FDA.    Any questions regarding bursaries, if you want to check what you qualify for, please email Mia Bays


The deadline date for applications to the inaugural Filmonomics Future Leaders programme is Friday 13th November 2015.

Interviews will be held (over Skype) on 30th November 2015.

Enquiries should be emailed to Jo Duncombe (


Programme Schedule and Application Guidelines: Future Leaders


Application Form: Future Leaders

With Thanks

This scheme is kindly supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery Funds, through the Skills Investment Fund, and by the Film Distributors’ Association.