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Putting Good Film to Good Use Good Screenings is a way for companies, community groups, charities, schools, churches and individuals to organise their own screenings of good films - films that make you think about the world in a different way. We encourage organisations to use screenings as opportunities to build meaningful community events that call attention to the issues addressed in the film and encourage audiences to take action against key issues. This pack offers some guidelines for successful screenings, but remember that each event will be different and so adapt where necessary. Please visit the website to find out more about our film library

Cycle Powered screening of the Age of Stupid organised by Oxfam UK Good Screenings – Managed by the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, powered by Indie Screenings The team behind environmental hit The Age of Stupid, director Franny Armstrong and producer Lizzie Gillett, invented this tool to help release their film in 2009. It was a massive success with over 1200 individuals and organisations – from garden centres to government departments – organising screenings. Then they had another idea – to open the platform up to other great filmmakers who want their films to have a positive impact – by partnering with The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, a UK based non-profit dedicated to enabling great filmmaking. The C4 BRITDOC Foundation team are running Good Screenings.

For further information about booking a Good Screening, or to find out more about how film can be useful for your organisation please contact Sarah Mosses on or +44 (0)20 7534 9624

How does it work? Anyone wanting to arrange a screening comes to our website,, to buy a license - the amount of which is set according to who you are, where you want to screen, which country you're in, how many people will watch and various other factors. The lowest fee is 10 pounds (for a school screening in e.g Sierra Leone) and the highest 12,000 pounds (for a multinational corporation screening to 1,000 or more people in eg America). A few days before your screening, you'll get a DVD in the post. You can charge whatever you like for tickets - and pass round a fundraising bucket too, if you want - and all profits are yours to keep for your campaign group or pocket. After the screening, you can keep your DVD as long as you promise to book any further screenings through the site. That's it! Good Screenings is really useful for;   

Getting more members for your organisation - Film can be a great introduction session for news constituents Get people to take direct action around the films issues? - Download the filmʼs ʻTake Actionʼ Guide Find new working allies to strengthen your campaign - Build bridges with other organizations in your area by co-hosting screenings

Find your partners Engage partners in your community who can share the workload of organising the event, and increase the audience attendance. Share marketing plans to maximise the capacity of the space. If much of your activism is based online, then have a laptop to hand to guide audiences about where to find out more and what action can be done virtually. (Check that your venue has suitable wireless access!)

Just some of the organisations that we have worked with...

Have a range of actions available for the audience so that everyone can make a positive contribution. These will be outlined in the Take Action packs on the films profile page, but can also be supplemented by local initiatives. The best actions are part of ongoing campaigns and so take note of organisations working on the issue, this could be online petitions, letter writing, personal lifestyle changes, contacting government officials, donating to a cause and continuing the discussion within the community. These actions may not directly fit with the film, but have everything to do with the issue. Most filmmakers enjoy attending local screenings of their film. If you would like to invite the team to your event, please allow a portion of your budget to cover their travel expenses. For further information about booking a Good Screening, or to find out more about how film can be useful for your organisation please contact Sarah Mosses on or +44 (0)20 7534 9624

Booking the Film Go to and choose the film from the homepage that you would like to screen, this will take you to the filmʼs profile page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ʻSelect for screeningʼ button. (Make sure you choose the correct format PAL or NTSC depending on which region you are in; see here in you are unsure, in the UK we use PAL and in the USA it is NTSC). On the ʻCalculate you license feeʼ page choose the appropriate options from each drop down menu. Fill in the details of where and when you intend to screen the film, and an estimate of how many people will come. Be realistic about numbers, and remember to leave your group enough time to promote the screening in your local area. If you check the ʻCharging for ticketsʼ box at the bottom of the form, youʼll get a handy calculator alongside your quote to help you set the price of tickets to recover costs or make a profit. Click on the ʻGenerate my quoteʼ button. This will take you to a summary page of your screenings request; click ʻGenerate my quoteʼ again if all the details are correct. Youʼll be taken to a page entitled ʻYour profitsʼ, where the system will work out a screening fee for the details you have given. The price covers the cost of a DVD, which you can keep for personal use, and a license for one screening in the venue of your choice. You can use the ticket price calculator to work out how much to charge for entry. Click on the blue arrow, which will take you to our Terms and Conditions page, at the bottom click on ʻI agree to these termsʼ to proceed. Next you will be asked for your DVD delivery details, and the final page is for payment via credit card or PayPal. If you wish to make a block booking (5 or more screenings of the same film), or pay via a different method just email with your screening information. For further information about booking a Good Screening, or to find out more about how film can be useful for your organisation please contact Sarah Mosses on or +44 (0)20 7534 9624

Secure the Basics for your screening Be sure to arrange a venue for your screening that will accommodate the number of audience members you expect and provide a comfortable atmosphere for your group. This could be your workplace, university, town hall or even living room. Good Screenings provides all films on DVD for your screening, and will be sent out to you at least 7 days prior to your screening date.

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A screen or projector with a screen thatʼs big enough for everyone to see. Seating that is comfortable and allows everyone a good view of the screen Space for refreshments A DVD player or computer and powerful audio system (loudspeakers etc.), especially in larger venues. An information table where you can place sign-in sheets and handouts for individuals who want to get involved with your campaign Choose a host for the evening who will lead an audience discussion or small panel session. Identify what action you want your audience to engage with after the screening. Each film on Good Screenings has a ʻTake Actionʼ guide that you can download and handout to the audience. Make sure that you do a test run for both image and sound at your chosen venue once the DVD has arrived. Check the lights or windows to make sure that no light bleeds onto the screen. When previewing the space, you should meet the person who will be in charge of the equipment as this will allow you to ask questions about the projection and sound equipment. Discuss who will oversee technical issues at the event and confirm that all equipment works properly. Play the film to make sure that it works and check the sound quality with spoken words not just the opening music.

Promote Your Screening! The goals for your event should inform whom you invite to attend. If you are looking to expand participation of support, be sure to reach out to people outside of your own group or organisation. Invite community leaders, campaigns, colleagues who may be interested in your issue. In advance of the screening, reach out through community calendars, public and organisations weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters, email lists, blogs and social networking sites. Also distribute printed flyers / e-flyers. Communicate your plans to local newspapers, radio and TV stations. For further information about booking a Good Screening, or to find out more about how film can be useful for your organisation please contact Sarah Mosses on or +44 (0)20 7534 9624

Coverage in local media and social networking sites can dramatically increase attendance at your screening and help you use the event to raise the profile or your organisation and the issues in the film.  

Localise the story. Be sure to highlight the local people and groups involved in the screening, and local news angles around the issues. Invite local residents or dignitaries willing to speak to the media about the topics addressed by the film. Highlight the issues that relate to the local communities. A film screening and discussion may not be enough to attract media attention. But a compelling example of issues-in-action in your community will give media strong tie in and a means for conducting interviews and taking pictures or video.

Have an Agenda A well-planned agenda will give participants the opportunity to have an in-depth and meaningful experience at the screening. Together with your planning partners, create an agenda and discuss appropriate steps for facilitating a conversation after the film. You might consider using an experienced facilitator familiar with the issues to moderate the discussion portion of the program. You should allow at least 2 hours to show the film and hold a discussion Start on time Do not start any later than 10 minutes from the posted time. This will give latecomers an opportunity to join the group, but will not excessively delay the event. Briefly introduce the film Introduce the film and any special guests. Ask everyone to stay for the discussion, and share what time you expect the event to end. Make sure that you have some handouts for the audience so they can find out further information about your group, the issue and how they can get involved. We recommended that you have a sign in sheet so you can communicate with your audience members after the screening. Viewing Remember to ask the audience to turn off mobile phones during the screening Discussion time Each Take Action sheet will have a few guidance questions to lead the discussion, or use your own organisations materials to highlight key theme areas. Invite some ʻexpertsʼ on the subject to complement your own knowledge area. Consider asking a few people to be ready to ask the opening questions in case the conversation starts slowly. For further information about booking a Good Screening, or to find out more about how film can be useful for your organisation please contact Sarah Mosses on or +44 (0)20 7534 9624

Tell us how it went! It is useful for you to keep a copy of how the screening went; numbers of attendees, people who signed up to your campaign and the focus of the discussion. This can be via photoʼs, video, or evaluation forms for the audience to quiz their knowledge of the issue.

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For further information about booking a Good Screening, or to find out more about how film can be useful for your organisation please contact Sarah Mosses on or +44 (0)20 7534 9624

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