From the late 1960s the London Film-makers’ Co-op, The Other Cinema, LVA, Circles, Cinema of Women, Film and Video Umbrella, Cinenova, London Electronic Arts, and Lux helped build the reputation of British artists’ and independent film and video at home and abroad. On the Film & Video Distribution Database (FVDD) you can explore the histories of these organisations, their promotional initiatives, their distribution and exhibition activities, the inroads they made into television and galleries, the challenges they overcame to build audiences, and the arts funding landscape that could cause them to sink or swim.

The database has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is a non-profit collaboration between the University of Sunderland and the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection.