for film screening hosts

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  1. why Does it mean to host a screening?

    By hosting a screening, you are joining a worldwide network of organizations, community leaders, conference directors, union organizers, and engaged advocates who believe that #RepresentationMatters!

    A film screening is a powerful tool for activating communities. Some hosts use their event to discuss representation in their community, some use the film to inspire new leaders, and others use it to activate volunteer efforts. Unlike passively watching a movie alone at home, your film screening is an opportunity to create an experience for your community. Hosts have organized receptions before and after their event, and had a panel post-screening discussion.

    To host a screening, first request a screening here and our team will get back to you.


    You will need a date, a venue, and a means to get the word out to people who will attend. You can hold a private screening at a conference or meeting that is already planned, or create a new event. While theaters are always an option, most hosts find community spaces that can be donated for screenings.

  3. What’s in the Host Screening Kit?

    Once you book your screening, you'll receive:

    • The film - The Councilwoman feature-length documentary on a private link, DVD, or BluRay.

    • A license to screen the film, for a limited, non-broadcast, public or private exhibition.

    • Event Planning Checklist, a digital tool to help you start planning your event and with best practices on how to use film as a tool for activating community.

    • Post-Screening Q&A Guide, a digital tool to help facilitate conversations after the film.

    • Social Media Kit, with social media ready graphics and templates, high-res behind the scenes photos, film stills, and more to help promote your event.

    • Press Kit, to help you reach out to press for your event.

    • Help from us! We're here to help you every step of the way. Here's how we can help you:

      • Your event on the film's website, so that it is officially a part of the Councilwoman screening tour!

      • Your event in the film's newsletter and social media platforms

      • You/your organization will be added as an event co-host on the film's Facebook page

      • We’ll be your thought partner on how to best use film as a tool to strengthen your work and activate your community! 


    Yes, the regular fee is $295 for a one-time public or private screening. If you book multiple screenings at the same time, additional screenings are $99. Screening hosts sometimes choose to offset costs by partnering with local organizations to sponsor and co-host their event, as well as sell tickets. If you are an individual who plans to host without the support of an organization, let us know and we can give you a discount. All fees go to supporting the film’s impact campaign.

  5. Do I need to Have the venue, date, and time in order to book?

    No, you don’t need to have your event details (venue, date, time), in order to book your screening. The details of your event would be specified as "Coming Soon" where film screenings are listed, so that you can start building visibility and buzz for your event. Once you have your venue and date, let us know so we can help promote on the film’s website, newsletter and social media!


    You can host your event at an office, movie theater, conference, university, union hall, library, community space, or even your living room. The venue is entirely up to you!

  7. What technology do I need to host an event?

    When you purchase your screening license, you will identify whether you would like a DVD or BluRay disc of Councilwoman, or a private link to stream the film. The only technology you need to host your event is a screen to show the film, speakers to hear the audio, and a DVD or BluRay player, as appropriate.


    The film cannot be used to support specific candidates or political parties, or to lobby for a particular issue.


    The film is 57 minutes long. Many groups appreciate having time afterwards for a discussion.

  10. Does Councilwoman Castillo work at the hotel?

    Yes! Councilwoman Castillo takes great pride in her work and is currently serving her third term on the Providence City Council while continuing her work as a hotel housekeeper.

  11. What language is THE FILM?

    Spanish and English. The DVD has two versions of the film. One with English subtitles and one with Spanish subtitles.

  12. can i purchase the film?

    If you are a university, library or educational institution that would like to purchase the film for your collection, head on over to our distribution partner Women Make Movies. If you are an individual, you will have to hold tight for a bit. We will announce purchase options for individuals in early 2020.

    Still have a question?

    Email our team at info@councilwomanfilm.com