Copyright matters

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:; 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:; m: 0410 220 793; p: (03) 9020 5157