Film screenings on campus
Matters to consider for film screenings other than in a lecture or tutorial.
NB: This information does not apply to Audio Visual materials shown in ‘class’ or in lectures that are to be recorded – see Audio Visual Materials in Lectures and Tutorials for further information.
Showing a film on campus will usually be considered as a performance ‘in public’ if it takes place at events such as:
- University Open Day, Harmony Day, Environment Day, etc.
- O week
- Screening by a club or society for the entertainment of their members and friends
- Screenings at the tavern, worship centre, etc
A ‘non-theatric’ licence is a good option for screening a film on campus where no direct entry fee is charged. There can be severe penalties for showing films outside the home without the protection of a licence – please take this into consideration when selecting a film.
Where to find a non-theatric licensed copy of a film
- NB: most DVDs that are hired from a video store or purchased from Amazon, the ABC shop, etc. are not licensed for non-theatric screenings – they are intended only for domestic use (screening them ‘in class’ is usually covered by the Copyright Act’s s.28).
- The library has some films that already have a non-theatric licence – check with the Copyright Coordinator re specific titles.
There are a number of distributors of non-theatric licensed films:
- Amalgamated Movies Amalgamated Movies rent out non-theatrical licensed films on behalf of Sony Pictures, Icon Films, and Madman Entertainment.
- Jaffa Room rents out non-theatrical licensed films on behalf of Village Roadshow (representing Warner Bros, Paramount, MGM, Universal, etc.). Contact Rob Denham for catalogue and booking forms: e: firstname.lastname@example.org; m: 0412 263 488 p: (08) 9227 1571
- Ronin Films (purchase only) Ronin's catalogue includes Australian documentaries, a selection of feature films, as well as documentaries from other countries, especially from independent filmmakers in the USA.
- The National Film & Sound Archives (loans only) NFSA has a catalogue of over 17,000 titles including 16mm and 35mm formats: they charge relatively low fees for rental to ‘community groups’ such as the Guild, or a student society or club.
- Umbrella Entertainment is an independent licensor with a ‘huge’ catalogue of films available for non-theatrical university/club screenings. Contact Achala Datar for more information: e: email@example.com; m: 0410 220 793; p: (03) 9020 5157