why sponsor a film festival?
Films, whether documentaries or fiction, can be a powerful means of educating and inspiring the viewers on issues you care about. They can be a means of bringing in experts to your community in a cost-effective way. Can’t afford to fly in Robert Reich to talk about income inequality? Then show his film, Inequality for All. Films can put a personal face on the statistics that make our eyes glaze over when we read them in the newspaper. Want to talk about what it is like to live below the poverty line, but don’t want to embarrass or exploit low-income members of your community? Show The Line, which follows individuals in different parts of the country who live below the federal poverty line. Read more here...
Films...can be a powerful means of educating and inspiring the viewers on issues you care about.
Please be aware – just because a movie is available in your neighborhood video store or on Amazon, does not mean you have the right to a public showing. Videos available for public sale or rental are only available for limited private use. For any showing other than private use, you must purchase the rights to show the film. This applies whether you are a non-profit or for-profit, whether you are charging a fee for your audience or your showing is free.
However, do not despair! Obtaining the rights to many worthy films is not as expensive as you might think. Many documentarians want their films to get out to the public and are willing to offer a discounted fee to non-profits, often for unlimited showings, so you can show the film on other occasions without having to pay again. Read more here...