Swank Motion Pictures
- This agency represents most major studios and also has a large number of pre-release films available, or films that are not out on DVD and still in theaters, as well as a lot of older favorites.
- This agency also represents most major studios and has pre-release films available.
- This agency represents mostly documentary films and films about social change movements.
Registered Organizations often submit space and event requests for showing a film on campus. It is important to understand that when showing a film for an event, there are strict federal laws about film licensing and screening films for a public audience. Films that you rent at a video store are licensed for private use, meaning they are licensed for the renter to watch at home with friends or family, but not for a renter to screen at an event or for a larger audience.
To be able to legally screen a film for an event or for a larger audience, your organization will need to obtain permission in the form of a film license (from an agency that is legally permitted to license and grant permission to publicly screen films) or from a waiver from the film’s studio (which is typically only granted with smaller independent or international studios).
If your registered organization is interested in screening a film, you will need to contact a licensing agency to purchase the rights to show the film. The license may often cost anywhere from $250-$950 depending on the title of the film you wish to show. This license, however expensive, will protect your RO from a potential copyright infringement. The University Library does have public performance rights for certain films. Please visit their website for complete instructions regarding these films here. Should your organization find a movie that has public performance rights through the University Library, you must include proof along with your space request. A print-off from the online catalog is sufficient.
To the right are some suggested film agencies where you may be able to purchase a license and also rent a copy of the film you wish to screen.
Please note, when you submit an Event Request Form for a film screening, it will not be approved until you can produce a valid film license (such as from an agency above) or proof of permission to screen a film.
For more information on films and copyright infringement law, click here.