Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) Licence
Under UK copyright law, a commercial (paid audience) or non-commercial (free of charge) event, fundraiser, film society, or outdoor 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 a commercial (paid audience) or non-commercial (free of charge) event, fundraiser, film society, or outdoor event 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 commercial (paid audience) or non-commercial (free of charge) event, fundraiser, film society, outdoor events are screening films legitimately.
The Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) is issued on a title-by-title basis. This allows the licence holder to screen films in either commercial (paid audience) or non-commercial (free of charge) environments as well as promote the screening outside of the venue itself.
Films are often available 10-12 weeks after cinema release and prior to being available to rent or buy on
The Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) covers all films from our list of participating studios/distributors as set out in the participating studios page or you can call Filmbank on +44(0)20 7984 5957/8.
However, from time to time it may be necessary for Filmbank to withdraw certain films from the Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) – a list of such excluded films will be posted from time to time on the Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) participating studios page.
The Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) is ideal for Film Societies, outdoor events and festivals, fundraising, themed evenings and meal deals as well as venues who wish to show films to a paying audience.
Filmbank has one of the largest film libraries in Europe and a full list of titles available under the terms of The Single Title Screening Licence is contained in our Film Catalogue.
For full details about the Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) please download the terms and conditions.
How to Apply
The quickest way to set up an Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) account is to apply on-line. You will be requested to pay a refundable deposit to open a Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) account with Filmbank. Please select the "APPLY HERE FOR YOUR LICENCE” option at the top of the page. The key benefit of applying on-line means you can make payments via debit/credit card. You will then receive confirmation of your account application within 24 hours.
If you have not yet received your log in details and password please email us here.
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You can book via our online system which will enable you to make bookings, purchase licenses, submit box office returns and make payments online.
Please note that outdoor screening applications require special approval which can take up to 10 working days to process.
For further details on the Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) or to book a film please call +44(0)20 7984 5957/8 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filmbank licenses non-theatrical
Looking for an extra form of entertainment at your event or festival? Are you planning on running a film tent at a music/arts festival?
Under UK copyright law, an outdoor event or festival wishing to play a film in public will generally require the consent (or 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 outdoor event or festival does not obtain the required licence they risk infringing copyright.
Please refer to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 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 buy a licence. Please ensure you are showing your films within the law and your out door event or festival is screening films legitimately. An outdoor screening is determined by screenings on outdoor patios or terraces, gardens, marquee, outdoor sports facilities or car parks.
Using film screenings at events provides an easy and cost effective way to create a themed atmosphere and cater for audiences of all ages and tastes. With an unrivalled catalogue of films ranging from the new releases to cult classics as well as vintage films and art house.
Filmbank works with customers including Glastonbury, Reading and the V Festival to provide quality film for the duration of the festival.
For further information and a quote for screenings at your event please call +44(0)20 7984 5957/8 or e-mail email@example.com
Do you want to see quality films of your choice on the big screen? Are you miles away from the nearest cinema? Do you wish to screen anything from Hollywood classics to the latest blockbuster films on DVD? Your solution could be to form your own film club.
What makes Film Clubs special?
- Run by their members for their members.
- Provide a warm friendly atmosphere within which to view films.
- Bring quality cinema to communities at an affordable price.
- Organise special screenings and film discussion groups.
- Provide unlimited programming opportunities including short films, independent work and films of local interest.
Would you like to read our mini guide How to start a Film Club?
Innovative ways to fundraise...
Are you looking for new ways to raise money for your charity or community group?
Many groups have found that organising a film screening is a cost effective means of raising money for their charity and encouraging a wide range of people to attend the event. Whether you are a PTA in a school looking for an alternative to the usual school fete when the weather is bad, or a self-funding charity looking to bring the community together in order to raise some money, organising a film event can be an easy way of catering for a wide range of ages and tastes.
Hold your very own premiere
With many films available only 10-12 weeks after being in the cinema and before DVD release, your event could be the first place for people to see the film they missed the first time round – a fundraising premiere!
- Regular film nights where the audience are charged a nightly fee on the door.
- Meal deals with drinks, food and a film for a set price.
- Theme nights such as ‘Vampire Mania’ where you could screen films and encourage visitors to dress up in appropriate costumes and award a prize for the best dressed.
- Screen a selection of related movies i.e. 80s night, Cartoon Characters and many more.
- Screenings tents/rooms at fetes and festivals to supplement the other activities on offer.
For more details on the Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) or to book a film, call +44(0)20 7984 5957/8 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying and paying for a new Single Title Screening Licence account is a simple process and can be completed online or via post.
Please note that to complete your application you will be asked for a fully refundable deposit of £150.00, which can be made online via a Credit or Debit Card payment or via BACS or cheque.
When applying online, you are offered three payment options:
- Payment by Credit or Debit Card
- Payment by BACS: Please make payment to: Barclays Bank Plc, 8/9 Hanover Square, London W1A 4ZW, Acc No. 60869848 , Sort Code: 20-36-47.
- Payment by Cheque: Please make cheques payable to Filmbank Distributors Limited and send to The Bookings Department, Filmbank Distributors Limited, Warner House, 98 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8WB
If you are sending your application via post or fax, please download and complete an application form and send along with either a payment remittance note or cheque payment attached.
Fully Refundable Deposit
This deposit will be held on the account by Filmbank until the account is either closed by the account holder or Filmbank and all outstanding licence fees and delivery charges have been paid in full and all materials returned. For full details please refer to STSL Terms and Conditions.