How To Obtain Permission To Show A Movie

Need to know how to obtain permission to show a movie in a public venue? Anytime a person wants to show a movie to the public, it is required that you receive permission and license directly from the film's distributor. And there are two sources in which you can find information about film distribution and eventually how to obtain permission to show a movie.

  1. Movie Licensing USA is a company which helps public schools and libraries with film distribution and licensing to show them. They provide educational films as well as newly released films such as "Planet 51." Their informative website contains information regarding their services and distribution of films in general in their FAQ section. They also provide ideas, tips and information about other legalities which may need to be filled out if you intend on showing the movie outdoors or in certain public areas.
  2. If Movie Licensing USA can not help, simply search on the title of your film in's database. On the film's main page, on the left-hand bar, under "Overview" there is a link referring to company credits. Click on it. In "company credits," you will find the name and the link to the film's distributor. However, this may be a dead-end. Sometimes the distributor does not provide any more information other than their link.
  3. Fortunately, if you do find the contact information for the distributor, contact them and outline your reason and purpose for showing the film. Depending on the distributor, you may have to pay a fee in order to show the film.
  4. Once you receive all the necessary paperwork and and the permission to show the film, sit back, relax and enjoy the film!
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