If you wish to screen a film in public (for example, as part of an event), you will need to obtain relevant licences; such as a Screening Licence to cover copyright and a Premises Licence/Temporary Event Notice to comply with the Licensing Act 2003.
Screening licences can be obtained from a ‘filmbank’, such as the BFI, Filmbankmedia or MPLC, or direct from the copyright owner if a film (or the production company) is not covered by a filmbank (the School/LSESU has no flimbank licence for this reason). You can get support for sourcing the licensee from Cinema for all here
If you are looking at booking a space for your activity, you can find more information out on the Bookable Spaces page.
Permission to screen a film is not needed under section 34(2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, if a film is being shown to students for educational purposes. However, you must provide a justified reason as to how the screening is educational. Your relevant coordinator will sign off on whether to proceed on the purposes of educational screening.
Applications must be made to the local council for a Premises Licence or Temporary Event Notices. Under the Licensing Act 2003, an exemption also exists for screenings of films for the purpose of information, instruction or education. Make sure you fill out an events proposal form so the team in the ARC can help you get your event planned and delivered!