Film Licensing FAQ’s

Do I need a license?
Yes, unless you are hosting a private party in your own yard. In order to show a movie outdoors on a large screen to a viewing audience, your organization must obtain public performance rights.

How much does it cost?

The cost can range from $250 to $600 depending on the studio, title and event date. . Contact your film licensing sales rep for a firm quote.

What types of movies can we show?
You can show most movies that have been released on DVD to the home video market. Some current movies that have not yet been released on DVD are available for public showing in VHS format. These are classified as pre-release or premium titles.

When will we receive the movie?

The DVD will arrive two or three days before your event. A pre-paid return shipment label will be included in the box. The licensing company will request that you ship the movie back to them on the next business day.

Can we charge admission fees?
It depends on the details of your event. We recommend that you contact your film licensing rep at Swank or Criterion and explain your situation. Sometimes the cost of the license can change from a flat rate to a percentage of the total gate charges depending on how much you collect.

All additional information can be found on each licensing company’s websites.