Movie Rights

When showing a movie on campus (any showing that is not in your home or room), you must purchase the "screening rights" for the film from the distributing company.

Planning Your Campus Movie Event

Legally you and your organization are required to secure the proper rights whether or not you charge an admission to the movie. Rates for the rights usually range from $250-$1000 depending on the film & format. For these reasons, we recommend that you make arrangements early and solicit funding from PB, COSO, or other co-sponsorship organizations.

  • STEP 1: Reserve an appropriate venue for the event (you will need a screen, projection system, & DVD player). Some rooms come equipped with the necessary equipment to show a movie, others do not. Speak with the building scheduler about the venue options or contact Classroom Technology Services to make arrangements for rental equipment. Alert the scheduler when you have finalized arrangements for film screening rights.
  • STEP 2: Make arrangements for the film rights. See contacts below for companies that distribute films for nontheatrical viewing (anything outside a movie theater). Each distributor represents a different set of film companies. You need to find the one that offers the rights to your selected movie. Most sites below have a website with a search function for film titles.
  • STEP 3: Make payment arrangements. Set up a club/organization account with the distributor. They will send the bill for the film to you and you can process payment through your club account.

Both COSO and PB will assist with co-sponsorship for most film screenings. If the screening will be held in the Collis Center, the Collis Governing Board can also provide co-sponsorship. Funding request forms all of these organizations are available in Collis 303.

SECONDARY DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES

For foreign or specialty films.

Kino 1-800-562-3330

Wellspring
212-686-6777, x161

New Yorker Films
212-645-4600

If none of these companies have the title you are looking for, contact the Collis Center for Student Involvement Office (646-3399) for further assistance.