Why Film Nights & Public Meetings?
Film nights are a fantastic way to raise awareness. They can bring people together, inspire and motivate, and bring sometimes abstract issues into an empathetic reality.
Likewise, public meetings are opportunities to get people in the same room that may care about the same things, and through meeting others be inspired to act.
Organising Film Nights & Public Meetings
If you haven't organised an event before, we would highly recommend looking through our guidance notes on this, to make sure its the most effective use of your energy.
In terms of public meetings, it is very important to have a focus and a clear aim. Why do you want all these people in a room together? Who are you hoping will turn up? What will be the next steps after the meeting? What are you hoping the outcomes will be?
Many venues will let you use their space for free, if people attending are buying drinks for example. A number of community organisations will also have projectors and screens available to hire, if there is not one in the venue where you are going to be.
Some films require a license fee to be able to show it. Its worth looking up the film and seeing what the legalities are. Some of the more radical films will be very supportive of you organising a film showing and may even have some leaflets and materials available to support you. We would always recommend getting a hardcopy of any DVD you're showing in case of internet troubles!
Films to Show
We have tried to collate some of the most popular, hard-hitting documentaries about the food system, as well as some practical titles, that could be useful for grassroots groups organising films nights.
Organising Effective Public Meetings: A Case Study - Access to Land Roadshow
Somerset is a vast rural county and with 1.5 staff, engaging with people across all 5 districts was a challenge during the Somerset Land and Food Project. The roadshow was designed therefore to go to where the people are and go beyond generalist marketing. Working district-by-district on a month-by-month basis from January to May 2012 our roadshow enabled Somerset Community Food to: