Screening FAQ

When do I need a screening license?

A community screening license is necessary for any public showing of a film that is in a community venue such as a theater, church, or any venue open to members of the public. A discount can be offered for multiple screenings, and possibly for limited budgets. By purchasing a community screening license, you are able to screen the film to an audience at no charge, or for suggested donation or required admissions. We encourage the use of Collective Eye Films community screening licenses for fundraising purposes, and we offer discounted wholesale prices on home-use copies of the film to sell at the screening in order to recoup some of the license fee cost.

How do I purchase a title for a screening?

You can fill out our screening request form or email with your request. All screening license purchases are done through our staff directly, ensuring that you’re getting exactly what you need for your event.

How far in advance should I plan my screening?

We recommend organizing a screening and ordering a film 4 to 6 weeks ahead of time at minimum if ordering a DVD to ensure it is delivered on time. If you are interested in a virtual screening you can order it up to 3 days before the screening. 

If I already have a copy of the DVD, do I still have to buy a screening license?

Yes, you will still need to purchase the one-time screening license appropriate for your organization or campus. The license holds the legal right to screen the film publicly. We will waive the shipping fee if you have previously purchased the DVD.

Is the license good for only one screening?

Yes, our licenses are per screening. If you are interested in multiple screenings, we often offer discounts on multiple screening packs. Be sure to mention this interest to our team when inquiring about your screening event.

Can my organization preview the film before purchasing?

Yes! We are happy to provide a screener link for your consideration. Please send screener requests to our screening outreach team at