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Public Video Screening Licence



What is a Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL)?
The Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) is an annual licence which runs from 1st May to 30th April (or for the Education Sector 1st April - 31st March) each licence year entitling holders to screen unlimited films from our participating studios throughout the year for one low annual fee to a non-paying audience.

The Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) is ideal for premises where films screenings will happen on a regular basis. The Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) allows holders to screen legitimately acquired films from participating studios as long as they are shown free of charge to a specific licensed group within the licensed premises and are not supported by external advertising or promotion. If your requirements differ, please contact us on +44(0)20 7984 5921or review our Single Title Screening Licence.

The wide variety of organisations that hold a Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) include: educational establishments (schools, colleges etc.), nurseries, after school clubs and youth centres, pubs and bars, retail outlets, holiday resorts, care homes and hospitals as well as community and transport groups.

With the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) you will be covered for the use of films from many of the major Hollywood and independent studios including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Disney, Lionsgate, Icon, Entertainment UK and many more. A full list of participating studios/distributors is set out at participating studios or you can call Filmbank on +44 (0)20 7984 5921.

From time to time it may be necessary for Filmbank to withdraw certain films from the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) – a list of such excluded films will be posted from time to time at the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) participating studio page.

Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) – Terms & Conditions
Below is a summary only and does not contain the full terms and conditions of the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL). Full terms and conditions can be found here.

  • The Licence applies to UK applicants only
  • The licence year runs from 1st May to 30th April (1st April to 31st March for Education Sector only)
  • The licence is only suitable for organisations who do not use film as one of their main purposes or activities
  • All films must be shown free of charge
  • The films may only be shown within the licensed premises
  • Screenings must be in DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS format only, rented or purchased from legitimate rental and retail outlets
  • There should be no advertising or promotion of the film screening outside of the licensed premises and to no other than the licensed group
  • No outdoor screenings are permitted. For outdoor screenings please click here.
  • No screenings are permitted using diffusion systems
  • Quarterly reports are to be submitted under the terms of the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL)


The Cost of a Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL)
The annual licence fee is based on the number of individuals that have access to the Licensed Premises. In the case of a school or college this would be the number of pupils.

Filmbank has segregated our Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) holders into four clear groups with an application form built to meet the specific requirements of each:

  • Care Homes: please contact us via T: 020 7984 5921 or email pvsl@filmbank.co.uk
  • Education: This refers to Primary and Secondary Schools only. For Nurseries, Playgroups, 6th Form Colleges and Universities, please refer to the Group Brochure.
  • Groups: This is for organisations with regular members or groups frequenting the licensed premises such as schools, clubs and residential homes. The tariff is based on the group size across the whole premises and not based on audience size.
  • Footfall: This is for organisations such as commercial outlets with a weekly flow of customers through the premises such as pubs, clubs and bars, retail outlets and restaurants. The tariff is based on the average footfall of the whole premises on a weekly basis and not on audience size.


Examples of how to calculate the number of people in your Licensed Premises:

  • School/College – number of pupils
  • Youth/Social Club – number of members
  • Commercial outlets – average footfall of the whole premises on a weekly basis.


A Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) can cost from as little as £93.33 per year - please see the application form most appropriate to you for the full rate card.

For more information on the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) please call +44 (0)20 7984 5921 or email pvsl@filmbank.co.uk

You can now purchase the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) through our website and pay via credit/debit cards, cheque or BACS.

No additional charges will be made for credit card payments.

To purchase the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) could not be easier, simply click on the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page and follow the simple step by step procedure.

If you are looking to charge your customers to see a film or run a commercial event such as a theme night or as part of a meal deal this is not possible under the terms of the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL). For this you will require a Single Title Screening Licence click here for more information.


PRS Licence
Please note that where a film is screened with the film soundtrack, a PRS Licence is generally required. Please refer to
www.prsformusic.com for full details or seek independent legal advice.

Under UK copyright law, schools, colleges, universities and PTA's wishing to play a film in public will generally require a licence from the copyright owner or its representatives before doing so. 'In public’ means, broadly speaking, to an audience outside of the home. If that educational institution does not obtain the required licence they risk infringing copyright.

So, in nearly all cases, if you are playing films outside your home, you will need to buy a licence. Please ensure you are showing films within the law and your school is screening films legitimately. Please refer to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 for full details or seek independent legal advice.


Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL)
The Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) is a low-cost annual licence (from 1st April - 31st March) conveniently enabling your schools to lawfully show feature films from many of the major studios including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Disney, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Universal, Paramount, DreamWorks and many more.

The PVSL saves time and money, offering year-round cover with one licence for one low fee starting from just £93.33. Furthermore, you will be able to screen films from Filmbank’s participating studios and distributors using DVDs that have been purchased or borrowed from legitimate UK retail or rental outlets. Please click here for our current list of participating studios.

A licence is required when films are screened for the benefit of:

  • Film Clubs
  • Breakfast Clubs
  • After School Clubs *
  • End Of Term Treats
  • Wet Weather Screenings

* Please note that if your after-school club is run by the school for pupils only, you will be covered under the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) taken out for the school and do not require a separate licence.

 

Key points to remember:

  • If you are only using films for instruction as part of the curriculum, then you may not require a licence
  • If you are an Into Film member (formerly Filmclub) and are screening films from participating studios or distributors you must acquire a PVSL.
  • Your PVSL tariff is based upon the total number of pupils in your school, whether you plan to play a film to a single class of students or the entire school.
  • Marketing your screening is limited to posters within your premises and letters & emails to the licensed group only.
  • Your PVSL covers your school staff and students only.
  • The PVSL does not cover screenings for commercial or fundraising purposes. In these circumstances Filmbank offers the Single Title Screening Licence (STSL), available on a title-by-title basis rather than annually. Perfect for PTAs, many movies are available under the STSL just 8-12 weeks after cinema release, subject to availability. For more information on the STSL please click here


For more information about applying for a Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) for schools, please call CEFM on +44(0)1494 836 231 or email pvsl@cefm.co.uk.

 

Department of Education: State Maintained Schools in England
Over the past year Filmbank have been working closely with the Department for Education to simplify the way in which film copyright licensing is acquired and paid for by schools and academies. Since April 2013 the Department has managed the copyright licences for all state maintained schools in England that cover copyright content in books, journals and magazines (through the Copyright Licensing Agency) and printed music (Schools Printed Music Licence).

From April 2014 this scheme will be extended to include film copyright licensing provided by the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL).

As part of this agreement, from 1st April 2014 all state maintained schools in England are now licensed under the Public Video Screening Licence. These schools may now screen films from the studios participating in the PVSL scheme for entertainment purposes to their students on a non-commercial basis (without charging).

As the Department for Education have acquired licensing on the schools’ behalf, they will no longer receive a licence certificate and will not receive an annual invoice.

Under UK copyright law, a restaurant/club/pub/bar/cafe/corporate events wishing to play a film in public will generally require the consent (licence) of the copyright owner before doing so. ‘In public’ means, broadly speaking, to an audience outside of his/her domestic or home circle. If the restaurant/club/pub/bar does not obtain the required licence they risk infringing copyright.

Please refer to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (and other relevant legislation) for full details or seek independent legal advice.

So, in nearly all cases, if you are playing films outside your domestic or home circle, you will need to obtain a licence to do so. Please ensure you are showing your films within the law and your restaurant/club/pub/bar/cafe/corporate events are screening films legitimately.

A Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) covers usage of film in the hospitality sector. This includes venues such as the following:

  • Pubs and Bars
  • Clubs
  • Restaurants and Cafes
  • Corporate events


The Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) includes impromptu film screenings and the use of film for the purposes of creating ambiance.

Using film as part of a regular entertainment programme can provide another dimension to an already existing entertainment programme or attract a completely new set of customers to your premises.

Filmbank has segregated our hospitality focused Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) holders into several clear groups with an application form built to meet the specific requirements of each:

  • Groups: This is for organisations with regular members or groups frequenting the licensed premises such as Nurseries, 6th Form Colleges and Universities, clubs and residential homes. The tariff is based on the group size across the whole premises and not based on audience size. For Primary and Secondary Schools, please refer to our Education Brochure.
  • Footfall: This is for organisations such as commercial outlets with a weekly flow of customers through the premises such as pubs, clubs and bars, retail outlets and restaurants. The tariff is based on the average footfall of the whole premises on a weekly basis and not on audience size.

For more information on the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) please call +44 (0)20 7984 5921 or e-mail pvsl@filmbank.co.uk


Is a film screening covered by your Premises Licence?
No. If you plan to screen a film in your premises, you will need to acquire a film copyright licence providing the permission of the studio or distributor or its representatives to do so.

The Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) and the Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) provide permission to screen films from a wide range of participating film studios and distributors. For participating studios, please select below:


The showing of films is a licensable activity under the terms of the Licensing Act for which a Premises Licence is required. Further information can be obtained from Poppleston Allen, the UK’s leading firm of licensing solicitors.


PRS Licence
Please note that where a film is screened with the film soundtrack, a PRS Licence is generally required. Please refer to www.prsformusic.com for full details or seek independent legal advice.

'For all care home residents, including those with dementia, films are an ideal way of stimulating conversation and helping them to reconnect with their past.'
Martin Green, Chief Executive, English Community Care Association (ECCA)


Under UK copyright law, a care home or nursing home wishing to play a film in public will generally require the consent (licence) of the copyright owner before doing so. ‘In public’ means, broadly speaking, to an audience outside of his/her domestic or home circle. If the care home or nursing home does not obtain the required licence they risk infringing copyright. Please refer to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (and other relevant legislation) for full details or seek independent legal advice.

So, in nearly all cases, if you are playing films outside your domestic or home circle, you will need to obtain a licence to do so. Please ensure you are showing your films within the law and your care home or nursing home are screening films legitimately.


Bring the cinema experience to your residents

Filmbank's Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL)covers a care home for regular film viewing to a non-paying audience, whilst Filmbank's Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) covers a care home for film screenings in a commercial setting for instance for fundraising or even to encourage interaction between the care home and the local community.

To inform and educate care and nursing homes on the benefits of film usage and licensing, Filmbank works closely with the whole care sector and in particular with the English Community Care Association (ECCA), the country’s leading representative body for care homes.

With 25 years’ experience, Filmbank is committed to providing a licensing service to suit the needs of the care sector. Steering away from traditional licensing models of charging per film screening, Filmbank has instead developed inexpensive and flexible licences such as the
Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL). For as little as £89.17 excluding VAT per year, the Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) covers an entire care home of up 250 residents and allows the home to show unlimited films from our list of participating studios, free of charge, to all its residents.

Being licensed can also create promotional opportunities for a care or nursing home. The Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) enables holders to screen films to a paying audience and even to obtain films prior to their availability on DVD. This opens up the possibility of running a themed film event or fundraiser and inviting residents’ families – a creative way of encouraging interaction between the care home and the local community.


PRS Licence
Please note that where a film is screened with the film soundtrack, a PRS Licence is generally required. Please refer to www.prsformusic.com for full details or seek independent legal advice.


Contact
For more information about applying for a Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL), please call +44(0)20 7984 5921 or e-mail pvsl@filmbank.co.uk

For more information about the English Community Care Association, please call +44(0)845 057 7677 or visit www.ecca.org.uk



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