Frequently Asked Questions
CONSIDERING A BOOKING
Q: How long is Screenagers?
A: The film is 68 minutes long.
Q: Is the film available in different languages?
A: The film is available in English only. Subtitles in English (for hearing impaired), Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and French are also available.
Q: Can I choose any date to host Screenagers?
A: There are no date restrictions for your Screenagers event. The film is mailed to you on DVD for any date you choose to host your event.
Q: Do you offer lower rates for nonprofits and public schools to host a screening?
A: Many companies have hosted Screenagers for their employees, but most Screenagers event hosts are schools, community organizations, religious organizations and nonprofit groups. Screenagers license rates are consistent across all these organizations except under special circumstances, when exceptions may be made directly with the producer.
Q: As a screening event host, how many times can I show Screenagers?
A: A Screenagers license is for a single community screening, which is usually an evening, weekday or sometimes a weekend event. For schools only, the license also includes a single daytime screening for students and staff.
Q: How much lead time do I need between booking and hosting a screening?
A: We recommend you finalize your license agreement at least 3-4 weeks before your event date. This is so you have enough time to publicize your event and give your audience enough time to schedule it on their calendars. Shorter turnaround times are also possible, as we can deliver the DVD to you quickly or you may choose to present a streaming version of the film instead.
Q: Can I organize multiple screening events for my school district or community?
A: Yes, you can certainly book screening events for schools or organizations throughout your district or community. We offer reduced license rates for multiple-event licenses: After your initial license fee, the non-ticketed event licenses are $500 and the ticketed event licenses are $400 plus 50/50 over $400 for each subsequent event up to nine total events. When an organizer or a district host ten or more screenings the cost is $300/screening.
Q: What kind of venue do I need to host a screening?
A: You only need a space large enough to fit your audience. Most hosts use a school gym or auditorium, church, community center or library meeting space. Some make arrangements with a school theatre or local commercial film theater.
Q: Do schools with 1:1 technology initiatives show Screenagers?
A: Certainly. Many schools that have hosted Screenagers have 1:1 device programs and extensive digital learning environments. The film’s focus is about finding balance as we enter into the reality of integrating more screen time in our lives. Showing the film can be a proactive entry into this discussion, with the school demonstrating that it is aware and ready to address and manage these concerns responsibly.
Q: Who facilitates post-film discussions at a screening event?
A: We highly recommend having a post-film discussion with your audience immediately following the film. Most organizers choose a person from their own community to lead the discussion. We provide a Moderator Guide to support this. The Guide contains facts from the film and suggested discussion questions. Some hosts invite a panel of local experts to answer questions following the film. We have found that both parents and children really want to discuss this film and their reactions to it in a group setting, and immediately following the screening is the best time to do this. The filmmaker is sometimes available for a fee to lead a post-film discussion at your event. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling and appearance price details.
PLANNING & HOSTING
Q: What is the best time and date for my Screenagers event?
A: You may choose any time and date for your Screenagers event. Most schools choose a weekday evening anywhere from 6-9pm because most parents are accustomed to attending school-related events on weekday evenings. But other organizations may have other regular event times on weekends that also work.
Q: How long should my screening event be?
A: We recommend 1.5 - 2 hours for your Screenagers event, so that you have 30 minutes after the film to have a post-screening conversation with the audience. We provide a Moderator Guide to help facilitate the conversation.
Q: What should the ticket price for my event be?
A: You can set your ticket price at any amount you choose. Most hosts choose US $10 per ticket, but prices vary from $2-25. You can also set different prices for children, adults, families, members/non-members of your organization, or low-income members of your audience.
Q: Do I need an online RSVP site if my event is free?
A: We are happy to set up an online RSVP site for you, so that you can gauge attendance at your event and know if you are reaching capacity at your venue.
Q: Should my event be private or public?
A: All Screenagers events are listed on the Screenagers' website on the “Find A Screening” page. A “private” event is open only to audience members you invite. The listing will only contain the host organization name and date, and include the designation “Private” on the site. A “public” event is open to the general public. The website listing will include the event venue address and time, and have a “Get Tickets” button so that anyone who wishes to attend may purchase a ticket or submit an RSVP for a free entry. You may choose whether to make your event a private or public event.
Q: Can I purchase Screenagers to own or view online via streaming?
A: No. Screenagers is not available for individual rental or purchase. The only way to see it is at a community screening, so please encourage your invitees to join you at your event, because they cannot rent it later for home viewing.
Q: Can I show Screenagers at a professional conference?
A: Yes, please be in touch with our producer Lisa Tabb for this at email@example.com.
Q: Does Screenagers help me publicize my event?
A: The host organization is fully responsible for event publicity, and Screenagers provides many tools to help you with that. Your license includes editable files for a Screenagers flyer and postcard, and graphics for use online. You may also direct potential audiences to the Screenagers website to watch the film trailer, participate in the online blog, read about Screenagers in the news, and find many family support and research information resources. You may use the Screenagers press release to customize your own release to share with local media outlets in your area. We have more promotional ideas for publicizing your event here.
Q: Should parents bring children to see Screenagers? What ages are appropriate?
A: Our hope is that parents and children all see this film, either together or separately (if your school hosts a school day student screening, for example). We generally recommend Screenagers for children in 5th grade (age 10) and up. We believe every family and community should make their own decisions around this, considering the film’s style (documentary), length and content. The children featured in the film are in middle school and high school.
Q: What equipment do I need to show the film?
A: You need equipment that can play and project a DVD at a volume that is loud enough for your audience size, and a screen.
Q: In what format do you deliver Screenagers?
A: Screenagers is delivered on a DVD. A DCP format is also available for theaters that want that format. The film can also be made available online via streaming format.
Q: When do I receive the Screenagers DVD?
A: Event hosts receive the DVD about a week before your event, so that you can test it on your equipment and make sure the entire film runs as expected.
Q: Can Screenagers events be held outside the U.S.?
A: Yes. We do charge an international shipping fee to cover costs. We also can offer you a streaming link instead of a DVD for your event if you want to save on the shipping fee. For outside-the-U.S. screening event hosts, Screenagers can set up an online ticket sales site for ticket sales in U.S. dollars.
Q: How can I encourage parents to have meaningful conversations with their kids about screen time?
A: The Screenagers team recommends that all event hosts share the Parent Guide with their audience members at the event so parents can continue the conversation about screen time balance with their families at home.
Q: How can families keep the momentum of the conversation going after an event?
A: We encourage families to subscribe to our weekly online blog, Tech Talk Tuesday, to receive weekly news and ideas for conversations around screen time.
Q: How can I keep the awareness of screen time a priority?
A: Consider making Screenagers an annual parent education event for all the new parents who encounter this issue as their children grow.
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