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The Exhibition Department provides the final link in the film production chain, and is responsible for bringing the finished product to its audience.  It provides a vital service to the industry, as without faultless projection to the appropriate audience no film, however vast its budget, can be deemed a success.

Exhibition Departments may be employed in a variety of different organisations, ranging from small, art-house cinemas to large multiplexes, and from regional film festivals to national or international events.

There are a limited number of formal training schemes in the UK.  Some larger cinema chains offer in-house training.  Experience as an Assistant, or in other film-related occupations, provide entry into the sector.  A keen interest in film is essential for practitioners in this Department.

Occupations in this area are listed below:


Programmers are responsible for selecting a suitable range and mix of films either for a specific venue or, if they work for a film festival, for all the films presented during the festival.

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Projectionists are responsible for ensuring that films (and any associated advertisements or trailers) are projected at the correct time, and without any technical problems.

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