HOST YOUR OWN COMMUNITY SCREENING!
Are you looking to share this movie with your running group, congregation, or non-profit organization? You can use FEAT to help raise funds for your group or simply motivate your audience. Whether you want an intimate screening in your home or a packed house at your local community center, we've designed a community screening kit to suit your needs.
If you want to book FEAT at your for-profit corporate event or movie theater, contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow these steps to get started:
1. FIND A VENUE
This could be a movie theater, community center, auditorium, or church.
Look for a space that has A/V equipment already installed. Consider the number of seats available and your estimated attendance for the screening.
Scout your potential venue. Take photos. Listen for noise that could be distracting. Is there a lot of echo in the room? Bad echo = bad audio. Is the room dark enough for the screen? What size is the screen? If there are windows, can you black them out? Can you control the lights? Ask the location contact if they have any other activities planned that day at the venue or surrounding rooms that may conflict with the screening.
2. PICK A DATE AND TIME
Pick a date and time. Make sure you pick a good time for the majority of your group. Check with friends and community calendars to be sure there aren't any major conflicting events.
Choose a start time for your event. Do you plan to have any pre-show activities such as food and drinks, or a silent auction? The film run time is 102 minutes. Build this into your schedule and figure out what time you expect the event to end.
3. PERMISSION TO SHOW
Once you have confirmed your venue and locked the date, the next step is to get a Community Screening DVD or Fundraising Kit. Both options include the license to screen FEAT from copyright holder Feat Productions, Inc.
4. PUBLICITY AND MARKETING - GETTING THE WORD OUT
This is really important and you'll want to find a team of people to help you. A successful event starts with people knowing about it and getting them to spread the word.
Write a press release. The Fundrasing Kit includes a template for you to use. Send to local newspapers, radio stations, and television stations.
Spread the word using online marketing through emails, Facebook, etc. Put an announcement in your school newsletter or church bulletin. Start an email chain and ask people to forward the information to 10 of their friends and ask them to do the same.
Print flyers and hang them in cafes, restaurants, church, etc. Mail invites or send out an Evite.
5. TICKET SALES
It is at your discretion whether you charge an admission fee or choose to screen for free. FEAT has a powerful message and the audience will walk away motivated to make a donation.
You'll want to assign a "Host" and "Projectionist". If you aren't comfortable speaking in front of an audience, find someone who is. The Host will welcome everyone, introduce the film, and at the conclusion, thank everyone for coming. If it's a fundraiser, the host will make a pitch for making a donation. Depending on who is at your event, sometimes there's a Q&A or discussion afterwards. The host would field questions and act as a moderator.
The Projectionist has the important job of determining what equipment is needed, doing a test before the screening, and monitoring the film on the night of the event. This person might come with the venue or you may need to find a volunteer. Identify who this is early on so they can tell you if you have the proper equipment. And if they are a volunteer, the host should acknowledge them for their services.
7. SECURE AND CHECK EQUIPMENT
You provide the following…
VIDEO PROJECTOR & SCREEN: Screen size should be an appropriate size for the number of people attending and the size of the venue.
SOUND SYSTEM: Needs to be stereo and amplified for quality sound.
MICROPHONE: Depending on size of event, there should be at least one microphone for the host.
PLAYBACK FORMAT: The Community Screening copy is delivered on DVD-R. It is essential that your projectionist tests the copy in the actual playback DVD player before the day of the screening. Some DVD players do not playback DVD-Rs well and can freeze up or skip. Put this on your checklist!
The film is also available on DVCAM, DigiBeta, and HDCAM. These formats are more reliable and provide a superior viewing experience.
The aspect ratio is 16:9 widescreen. You'll need to adjust this setting on your equipment to ensure that the display is set up correctly.
8. BRING A CELEBRITY TO YOUR EVENT
You can take your event to the next level having a "face in the crowd". You can book Tim Borland to come to your screening and speak after the movie. Tim has a powerful message that will inspire every audience. If you are interested in booking Tim in conjuction with the screening of FEAT, please contact us: email@example.com.
You may also ask a local celebrity to join or host your event such as the mayor, a politican, TV anchor, or radio DJ.
It's a movie! Set up your concession stand with popcorn, soda, hot dogs, and candy. Just make sure your venue allows food and drink.
10. FAMILY QUIET ROOM
This film is appropriate for a PG audience but may not hold a child's attention for the entire film. For the viewing enjoyment of everyone, consider finding a room at your venue to set up as a daycare for the event.
Get planning and book your screening today! For further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.