Hosting a fundraiser movie night is a fun way to raise money for your group or cause. Here are 7 movie fundraiser ideas you can use to host a movie fundraiser at your local movie theater or as an outdoor screening.
1) Special Advance Screenings
The easiest way to raise funds for a film is to register at filmraiser.com. their service will handle all the setup work with a national movie theater chain for your group to host a special premiere screening of a new movie.
This is a great way to capitalize on the wildly popular first weekend of a new release by having an early screening just for your group. It doesn’t matter if you’re an elementary school pta, a high school club, a youth sports league, or a non-profit organization.
Here’s how you do a movie fundraiser with FilmRaiser:
- register your group & receive notifications about upcoming release dates
- select a new movie release and choose an early screening date
- receive your advance tickets and notify your group
- arrange $1o per ticket donations via text to your special number
- have fun at your own red carpet movie premiere in real theaters
- receive a check for your 50% share of your event’s movie ticket sales
- repeat the movie fundraising process with another new movie release
In addition to Filmraiser’s super easy movie fundraising offer, there are several other ways to raise money with a movie night (or afternoon). All of this takes a little more effort, but you can also add some extra fundraising activities like raffles, meals, and events. sale of drinks, etc.
2) Outdoor Movie Night Fundraising Ideas
Here’s how to host your own outdoor movie screening to raise money for your group:
- select a desirable location
- rent a giant inflatable movie screen
- arrange movie rentals & projection team
- advertise your event and sell tickets in advance
- raise more funds with food, entertainment, contests, raffles, etc.
3) cinema & drafthouse movie fundraiser
Another great idea is to host a private movie screening at a movie theater that serves food and drinks. you can turn it into an adults-only event, a pizza party, a draft beer night, a kids’ movie night, or any other kind of movie experience that fits your target demographic.
The idea is to create a fun event with great appeal and encourage everyone to have a good time. most of these theaters will give large fundraising groups a portion of the food & beverage revenue, as well as a discount/rebate on group ticket sales. It’s basically very similar to doing a fundraiser at night at a restaurant.
4-a) cult movie event – private screening
Host a private screening of cult movies that have a huge fan base. that way you can reach beyond your supporters and expand your fundraising reach.
These are generally geared toward young adults and the more events you do, the better the turnout. And that brings us to a variation that turns your movie fundraising night into a
4-b) idea to raise funds for a costume party
Turning your movie night into a costume party lets everyone dress up a little for a good time. this works great when you’re showing a popular (or classic) movie that lends itself well to wearing a costume.
think classic movies like star wars, rocky horror picture show, the avengers, etc.
Or, you can design your movie night around a holiday such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Independence Day, etc.
5) sale of discount coupons for movie tickets
Many fundraising companies have agreements with movie chains to sell movie discount coupons. you sell these movie tickets at full price and keep a portion of the profits.
There are usually some restrictions on their use, such as not being able to use them for the most popular movies during the first few weeks of their release. Still, it’s a fundraising product that people are already buying, so it’s an easier sell than other fundraising products.
amc chain offers these along with several other regional chains
6) film festival fundraiser
A much more elaborate task is to organize your own film festival and schedule screenings of films or documentaries that fit your chosen theme. these don’t have to be the latest indie movies like the sundance film festival.
It can be a themed film festival, such as romance, comedy, horror, science fiction, or a documentary festival showcasing the latest films on topics important to your cause. don’t be afraid to start small and then make it an annual event.
You can also do many different things to attract a large crowd including other types of entertainment, hosting contests, hosting costume parties (sci-fi and horror), letting the public vote for their favorites, giving out prizes, having the directors talk about their movies, etc.
7) Oscars Party Fundraiser – Red Carpet Event
Hosting a red carpet event on Oscar night is a fun way to get people dressed up and enjoy the popular movie awards show in a classy event. you can rent a theater and host a live broadcast of the televised awards or do things on a smaller scale at a fancy venue like an art museum or upscale restaurant.
this article goes into much more detail on how to do your own oscar party fundraiser.
As we’ve seen, there are several great movie fundraiser ideas you can try to raise money for your group. the more fun your fundraising event is, the more money you will raise.