Movie Event FAQs

  1. I own the DVD. Why do we need a License?

  2. Does our CVLI license cover this movie?

  3. What's the difference between a Movie License and a Movie License Package?

  4. Can I use a retail version of the DVD if I purchase a License?

  5. If I have a retail DVD and don't need a Movie Event DVD, can I get the License for less?

  6. We're a larger church, but I'm only showing it to my small group, can I just buy a Small License or Package?

  7. Our small group is meeting in our home to view the film. Do I need a License?

  8. What if we didn't purchase a license and unknowingly showed the movie?

  9. The cost is prohibitive to us. Is there a way to get it for less, or how can we recoup the cost?

  10. Since I'm buying a License, can we charge admission?

  11. We're only showing the movie one time. Can we get the License for less?

  12. I've already purchased a License for another film. Does that License cover any other films?

  13. Will I be notified when my License is about to expire? What does it cost to keep using it?

  14. Can our church use clips from the film to be shown on our webcast, TV program, or radio broadcast?

  15. We record our service, not for broadcast, but on DVD to be sold/provided for our congregation members, is that allowed?

  16. I am a chaplain at a local prison, military base, school, business or hospital. Do I need a license?

  17. Who do I contact regarding Film Development, Production or Submissions?

I own the DVD. Why do we need a License?

It's the law. Copyright law is very clear concerning the use of retail DVDs in any venue outside of a home. We have developed this program to not only allow your church or ministry to "be legal" but also to empower you with tools to make your Movie Event successful.

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Does our CVLI license cover this movie?

CVLI is a privately held company that has an agreement with some producers and their films to gather license fees. That's all. CVLI is not a legal entity providing an 'umbrella license' for any/all films shown in your church.

Even if a producer is included on a CVLI license, the license terms prohibit you from using the movie title, characters or the producers in any external/public advertisement or publicity for your Movie Event.

With a license purchased on a title-by-title basis, you pay for the rights to not only show the movie, but to use the movie name/actors/producers in your event marketing. We know that drawing a crowd requires publicizing your Movie Event so we created the Movie License Package with all the promotional materials you'll need to draw people to your event.

Also, you may be interested to know that many independent producers are moving toward a licensing model that allows churches to use their films as outreach resources, provides significant promotion for their film, and a larger share of the license revenues to fund new films in the future, unlike a CVLI-type movie license.

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What's the difference between a Movie License and a Movie License Package?

The Movie License includes only what you need to legally show the movie in your church: a DVD and an annual 1-location site license. The Movie License Package has everything you'll need to plan, promote, host and follow-up on a movie event: including a DVD, an annual 1-location site license, promotional materials and a guide with tips and ideas. In some cases the amount of promotional material is based on the size of your church. Additional materials can be purchased separately as well as many other promotional items such as banners, InviteTickets, Bulletin Inserts and Posters.

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Can I use a retail version of the DVD if I purchase a License?

Yes. The License provides written permission to use a retail (home use only) DVD for your Movie Event. This is especially helpful if you need to use features not included on the Movie Event DVD such as additional language options, closed-captioning, or special features.

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If I have a retail DVD and don't need a Movie Event DVD, can I get the License for less?

Unfortunately, no. The amount you are paying is for the right to show the movie in a public venue. We include the DVD with your license purchase to make it easier for you to host your event.

Some of the Movie Event DVDs include features especially for churches, like Movie Clips, Discussion Questions, Planning Guides, Web graphics, and/or movie trailers you can use to highlight your Movie Event on your church's website/blog or in an email. Every DVD includes different special features — details are listed on the product page for each movie.

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We're a larger church, but I'm only showing it to my small group, can I just buy a Small License or Package?

Licenses are priced based on average weekly church attendance, not the showing size, because the license is for unlimited showings for a full year (from the date of purchase). With one license you can show the movie to your men's group, women's group, small groups, or the whole church… any showing your church hosts at your building site.

If your church building is not large enough for your event, you are approved to show the film at an off-site location like a community center or even in a local theater. (Call 800-991-6011 for details).

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Our small group is meeting in our home to view the film. Do I need a License?

If your small group meets at your home, you do not need a license.

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What if we didn't purchase a license and unknowingly showed the movie?

Any organization's public exhibition of a film without proper licensing is subject to steep and significant penalties through The Copyright Act (as much as $150,000 per exhibition). Even inadvertent infringers are subject to the Copyright Act. If your organization has unknowingly showed a movie while not in copyright compliance, contact us directly to remedy the matter 800-991-6011.

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The cost is prohibitive to us. Is there a way to get it for less, or how can we recoup the cost?

Some church networks and denominations have worked out discounts for their churches; check with those offices to find out if anything is available. Price is based on your average weekly church attendance to help make the license more affordable.

There are a number of ways to recoup any costs:

  1. If you need to ticket the event because of seating issues, list a "suggested donation" on the ticket (remember, you cannot require an admission price).
  2. Offer free admission, but sell concession tickets for popcorn and a drink, or a hot dog dinner.
  3. Collect a freewill offering or leave baskets at the doors to collect gifts. People are accustomed to paying to see a film, so giving a donation to cover costs would not be seen as unusual.
  4. Many churches simply ask the congregation to consider giving a special gift for the Movie Event above and beyond their regular giving. The cost of the License represents less than $1.00 per person in the typical church.
  5. Ask a local business to sponsor the event, give them placement on your promotional materials and do a short sponsorship "commercial" to thank them prior to showing the film.
  6. Purchase bulk DVDs and resell them at your event and use the proceeds to fund your event or future events.

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Since I'm buying a License, can we charge admission?

No. You cannot charge for admission. The license only gives you permission to do a public showing of the Movie and marketing your event. However, there are a number of ways to recoup costs. (See ideas under "The Cost is Prohibitive to Us…")

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We're only showing the movie one time. Can we get the License for less?

No. The license for this film is available only as an annual license. However, keep in mind that this allows your church or ministry to show the film in multiple ways at multiple times, with no additional costs or required reporting

See "I'm only showing it to my small group…" for ideas on how to use the movie more than one time.

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I've already purchased a License for another film. Does that License cover any other films?

No. The movies offered by Outreach Films are covered on a title-by-title basis, which means each movie requires its own annual license.

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Will I be notified when my License is about to expire? What does it cost to keep using it?

Yes. If you will provide us with an accurate email address, we will send an email notice prior to, and following, your license's expiration. There is an annual renewal charge for the Movie License based on the title of the movie (not the Movie License Package). Renewal is available every year and at any time after your original license has expired.

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Can our church use clips from the film to be shown on our webcast, TV program, or radio broadcast?

No, you may not use clips from the film on your TV program, radio broadcast or Webcast. The only exception is using the trailer to promote an upcoming event.

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We record our service, not for broadcast, but on DVD to be sold/provided for our congregation members, is that allowed?

No, you may not use clips from the film regardless of if the recorded media (DVD, tape, etc.) is sold or for free. The only exception is using the trailer to promote an upcoming event.

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I am a chaplain at a local prison, military base, school, business or hospital. Do I need a license?

Yes, you still need a license but the cost for these licenses are minimal. Please call 800-991-6011 to order.

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Who do I contact regarding Film Development, Production or Submissions?

Please direct any questions regarding Film Development to films@outreach.com. We do not accept resumes or head shots of actors.

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