Host Your Own Movie Night

With A Non-Theatrical License of “I Can Only Imagine”

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Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

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I Can Only Imagine

(2000)

Director:Erwin Brothers

Year:2000

Rating:PG

Run Time:126 minutes

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

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Steven Chapman

Event Planning Resources

What do you get when you purchase this license

Printable Digital License Good for 12 Months

This annual digital license allows you to show the film anytime you want and as many times as you want during the licensing period at your specific location.

Movie Event Planning Guide

An event planning guide that includes tips, checklists, and ideas to make your Movie Event successful.

Digital Promotional Items

In order to have a successful turnout, it takes a well-planned and well-executed plan including promotion. Depending on your goals, it is very important to utilize the marketing materials available to drive awareness of your movie event.

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Note: Movie is not included and will need to be purchased separately

Want To Share This Powerful Movie?

Just Follow This Simple Steps

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BUY YOUR LICENSE
Prices are based on the size of your congregation.

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BUY THE MOVIE
You’ll need to purchase your own copy of the movie.

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HOST YOUR EVENT
Enjoy movie night with your congregation & community

Frequently Asked Questions

Since I’m buying a License, can we charge admission or Do I need a license even if we don’t charge admission?

A license is required for all public performances regardless of whether admission is charged or not. You cannot require an admission charge, but if you need to ticket the event for seating capacity purposes, you may create a ‘suggested donation’ ticket. See other ways to cover costs or generate revenue under “Ways to use a Movie Night to raise funds for ministry:

Can we use clips from the film during our service and/or can we show clips on our website or on service physical media (such as DVD)?

You may use clips from the film during your church service in the context of teaching or a sermon (including if you stream your service). However, if you wish to use them on your website or in social media, they should only be in conjunction with the promotion of your​ ​Movie Event or a church service connected to the story. The clips should be no longer than a full scene or 2-3 minutes…

A small group or ministry in our church is hosting the movie, do we still need a license?

Any showing outside of a private home requires that a license must be obtained regardless of the number of people attending the event. Movie license pricing is based on average weekly church attendance, not the event attendance.  If your showing is not connected to a church, the standard license is required, regardless of the size of the expected audience.

I want to show a movie outside the United States, does this license cover other countries?
At this time, this movie event license is applicable only to churches and organizations within the United States.
What if we didn’t purchase a license and unknowingly showed the movie?

Any organization’s public exhibition of a film without proper licensing is subject to steep and significant penalties through The Copyright Act (as much as $150,000 per exhibition). Even inadvertent infringers are subject to the Copyright Act. If your organization has unknowingly shown this movie while not in copyright compliance, contact us directly to solve the matter 844-422-8259 to purchase a retroactive license.

Ways to use a Movie Night to raise funds for ministry:
These films were created to open hearts to the miraculous work of God in our lives for His Glory and our redemption. You may use a Movie Night to help raise funds for your ministry through many creative means.
  1. Offer free admission, but sell concession tickets for drinks, popcorn, candy etc.
  2. If you need to ticket the event because of seating issues, list a “suggested donation” on the ticket (remember, you cannot require an admission price).
  3. Collect a freewill offering or leave baskets at the doors to collect gifts. People are accustomed to paying to see a film, so giving a donation to cover costs would not be unusual.
  4. Ask a local business to sponsor the event, give them placement on your promotional materials and do a short sponsorship “commercial” to thank them prior to showing the film.
  5. You can also sell DVDs of the film at the event, and keep all sales proceeds above the wholesale cost. Please contact us to learn more and arrange to sell DVDs at your event.

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