You must have come across and attended various types of screenings. The most common one is when a movie is released in theatres. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to movie screening rights. Having half-baked knowledge about these aspects in the entertainment industry is more dangerous than having no knowledge at all. The smallest mistake can land you in big legal issues.
Types of Screenings:
Before we start discussing about movie screening rights, let’s understand the types of screenings that happen around the world. The first one is an official theatrical release when the movie is showcased to audiences through a huge network of theatres. Another type of screening is a private screening, where a small group of people are invited to watch an old movie, or a film that has already been released before. Then there are public screenings which generally happen in institutions, NGOs etc. It is important to note that the screening rights for films are different in each of these scenarios that are mentioned above.
When is it required?
Movie distribution companies in India buy theatrical rights from producers or production studios to screen the film all over the country. Overseas rights need to be acquired if the move has to be released theatrically abroad. The producer who is selling film rights will always want to ensure that he gets a good deal in the end. It depends a lot on the actors involved in the project and the mass appeal of the film.
You will have to acquire movie screening rights even when you are organising a private screening. The condition does not change even if the screening is free of cost. Many people buy dvds online and screen moves at home for their friends and family. You don’t need rights to screen a movie like this. As long as it’s a small house party it’s totally fine, but the moment you make this a public event, you will have to consider purchasing movie rights.
How to buy?
Firstly, you will have to identify the producer or the studio which made the film. Then, you will have to check with them if they own movie screening rights or if they have been sold to another distributor. In most cases, the rights are already sold to distributors for a limited period of time. After identifying the owner, you will have to buy movie rights by following a simple procedure. Movie screening rights is completely different from TV satellite rights as single screenings are organised during special events whereas films are broadcasted to a larger audience through television. Depending on the requirements, special contracts are prepared between the two involved parties.
Hope you have a clearer understanding of screening rights now. Get in touch with our team if you are interested in buying or selling film rights.