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Movie screenings

There are many fantastic films about plastic waste and the solutions being adopted by communities. Help engage people in Plastic Free July by organising a screening in your community.

What you can do

Organise the screening of a plastic-related film for your community.

How you can do it

Picking the right film for your screening is obviously important, but it doesn’t require too much effort. There are many great options out there. We’ve compiled a list of the latest plastic-related films. Just be sure to read the reviews and make sure that it’s a good one.

Once the movie is picked, it’s time to organise the event. You’ll need to find a suitable venue, thinking about accessibility so that no one is left out. You’ll need to work out a budget for the costs involved, including venue hire.

Cinemas usually charge a percentage of the booking fee, whereas libraries, community halls and schools will often allow you to host for a fraction of the cost. There may be a cost for the film too. Some are available for free, but for some you’ll need to purchase a screening license.

These costs will help you figure out how much you want to charge for tickets. If you want to keep the tickets free, or provide tickets at low/no charge for those who can’t afford full price, that’s something to consider as well. Many community groups ask a local business to sponsor the event as a way of being associated with the positive values and popularity of Plastic Free July.

Promoting your event is key. Allow at least 6-8 weeks for tickets to sell, and encourage attendees (plus your friends, family members, and colleagues!) to share the event on social media. There are event booking sites in many countries that allow community groups to set up online ticketing at little or no cost.

You can ask local schools, your council and businesses to help promote the event, by providing information to include in their newsletters and shop windows. Your local newspaper, community leaders and politicians might be able to help promote your community event, too.

Add your screening to our event’s map, so that like-minded members in our community know about it.

As a takeaway from your event, you might want to encourage attendees to take action by signing up for the Plastic Free July challenge. It’s a great way of stirring action and focussing on positive solutions, rather than overwhelming people with the scale of the plastic waste issue.

Taking the next steps

If you want to sell food and drink at the event, make sure you do so in a plastic free way. Check out our events cards to get inspiration.

People are likely to bring their own snacks, food and drink as well. Be sure to encourage them to avoid single-use plastic when they do, and share plastic free ideas with them in the lead-up to the event. That could include encouraging them to bring reusable water bottles, and assuring them that you’ll have water stations on-site (if that’s the case) or simply highlighting reusable containers or wax wraps as the best solutions for bringing food.

Making an impact:

  • By helping build awareness of the problems of plastic and the solutions, you’ll no doubt see people stirred to take action.
  • People are likely to encourage their friends, colleagues, and family members to get on board too. That means impacts will reach beyond the attendees of the event.

More ideas

What others do

Glass of lemonade, bunch of straws and a plastic juice bottle

To find plastic free ideas, take the Plastic Free July challenge

Reusable carry bag, keep cups and bamboo cutlery
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