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date with the school, select a film (you could give pupils a choice and take a vote) and arrange licences – an STSL from Filmbank Distributors (if this is a fundraising event) and a TEN from your local authority. Sell tickets, round up some volunteers, order some refreshments and voila!


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HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT EVENT:


With parents busy preparing for Christmas, what better way to get support for an event than by offering to entertain their children for a few hours with a festive film?


ilm events are simple to run and prove popular with pupils and parents. The preparation is quite simple: agree a


Arthur Christmas Jo Griffiths, PTFA secretary of Kings Worthy School, Winchester, Hampshire tells us: ‘Our primary school has 330 pupils and we decided to run our film night to coincide with late-night Christmas shopping in Winchester. We chose Arthur Christmas to appeal to all our different age groups. We sold tickets for £2.50 (£1 for the film


CASE STUDY:


Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger! (U) When teacher, Mr Peterson (David Tennant) and his class are forced by the insane teaching assistant, Mr Poppy, to enter the ‘Song For Christmas’ Competition, they embark on an epic journey. There’s a nod to the nativity story, with a birth and a donkey, but it’s basically a mix of road trip and X Factor, including an angelic KS1 pupil’s rendition of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’!


Scrooge (1951) (U) Forget CGI – this black and white Christmas classic will hold the kid’s attention! Stingy old Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is the meanest man in London. But on Christmas Eve, he has a nightmare. He is visited by three ghosts and given one last chance to change – to save himself from the fate of his business partner who died on Christmas Eve. He awakens on Christmas morning a changed man, wanting to celebrate Christmas with a new, cheery outlook!


and an extra £1.50 for soft drinks and crisps) payable in advance – although we did run out of crisps on the night! Posters went up around the school advertising the event and I walked around the playground with a placard selling tickets. We sold 100 tickets and that number worked well for us. During the film, quite a few children wanted to use the toilet and had to be chapperoned. Thankfully we had plenty of DBS-checked volunteers and teachers helping on the night! The Filmbank licence fee is a minimum


of £83 + VAT, or 35% of box office takings (excluding refreshments) – whichever is greater. We used a DVD that someone already owned. After costs (food, film licence, etc), we made £115 profit, and as it was so popular, we are planning to repeat the event again this year. The children sat on the floor in the main


The Snowman (U) Released in 1982, this is now a much- loved Christmas classic. At midnight on Christmas Eve, a young boy finds that the snowman he built has come to life. Through the night, the snowman learns about human life, and takes the young boy out for a flight (to the illustrious song, Walking in the Air). But after an exciting night, morning comes, the sun is out, and the snowman is nowhere to be seen...


Rise Of The Guardians (PG) The fantasy heroes must come to the rescue! Set 300 years after the book series, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny and Sandman must work together to stop the evil spirit, Pitch Black (a.k.a the Boogeyman), from launching an assault on Earth! The immortal guardians have a plan to team up for the first time, to protect the beliefs and imaginations of children all over the world – before it’s too late...


For more information...


Head to the ‘Info Sheets’ section of our website – pta.co.uk/info-sheets – for an FAQs feature on film licensing, plus a ‘How To... Run A Film Event’ guide.


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hall – no mats or chairs, but they seemed happy enough with this arrangement and it made clearing up easy! It was a fun event – the children all enjoyed it and the parents were especially happy as it gave them uninterrupted shopping time.’ ED’S NOTE: Most PTAs charge around £3 per ticket, which includes £1.50 for refreshments and £1.50 for the film. After deducting licence and refreshment costs, this would give approximately £160 profit if 100 tickets were sold.


PHOTO: NATIVITY 2 © MIRRORBALL FILMS (N2) CP LIMITED/ENTERTAINMENT ONE UK LIMITED 2012; THE SNOWMAN © 1982 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.; SCROOGE © RENOWN PRODUCTIONS LTD 2013; RISE OF THE GUARDIANS © 2012 DREAMWORKS ANIMATION LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; ARTHUR CHRISTMAS © 2011 SONY PICTURES ANIMATION INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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