Associated Film Distribution

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Associated Film Distribution was a short lived British film distribution company. It was set up in the 1970s by ITC Entertainment and EMI Films to distribute their films in the US.

Michael Deeley, head of EMI ate the time, opposed the move. He thought it was motivated by Sir Lew Grade's belief that his films had failed in the US due to poor distribution.

The company was launched in 1978 with $40 million in capitalisation. It aimed to distribute 12 films a year. The initial slate included:


The company wound up in 1981, having enjoyed only one hit, The Muppet Movie. It was absorbed by Universal.[2][3]

Sidney J. Sheinberg, president of MCA who owned Universal, said the agreement went for three years involved all the movies that A.F.D. had ready for distribution including:

Grade said, "If we had ordinary pictures, I doubt that Universal would have wanted us."[3]

Select Filmography[edit]

  • Escape to Athena (1979)
  • Can't Stop the Music (1980)
  • The Jazz Singer (1980)
  • Inside Moves (1980)
  • The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
  • From the Life of Marionettes (1980)
  • Borderline (1980)


  1. ^ FILM CLIPS: A New Dimension for a Brother Act Kilday, Gregg. Los Angeles Times 28 Oct 1978: b11.
  2. ^ WRITERS AND PRODUCERS BREAK OFF TALKS AGAIN ALJEAN HARMETZ, Special to the New York Times. 15 June 1981: C.14.
  3. ^ a b UNIVERSAL TO MARKET FILMS FROM A.F.D. ALJEAN HARMETZ New York Times 24 Feb 1981: D.6.