20 ways to make your screening event memorable

Hosting a screening of Pioneers in Skirts? A screening of Pioneers in Skirts can raise awareness for cultural biases and prejudices, empower others to know that they aren’t alone, encourage productive and meaningful discussions, and generate action. 

Provide an experience

1.  Invite the filmmakers to attend your event.

2.  Provide popcorn, drinks, snacks.

3.  Recruit sponsors to host contests, door prizes, food, and fun movie giveaways.

4.  Create a drive-in theater experience in a parking lot or in the auditorium.

5.  Upgrade your hosting package to PREMIERE level and give your audience the full red carpet experience.

6.  Create an awesome step-and-repeat as a backdrop for selfies and group photos.

7.  Create photo props and custom selfie frames.

8.  Choose a theme and tell your audience to dress up to meet that theme. Make sure everything else blends in: music, the food, decorations, etc.

9. Crank up the speakers and get your audience pumped up before your movie event. Play the movie theme song, “Freeway,” prior to stepping out to introduce the film to your movie audience or stream the Pioneers Play List on Spotify!

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Hand out useful and memorable content

10. Give away inspiring and purposeful Pioneers Group Swag or Pioneers Individual Swag!

11. Provide parental resources and learning activities. Like a small ‘Take Action’ poster to hang on their wall as a reminder of the event! Here are a few ideas:

    • We ALL Have A Role to Play” — ideas for what YOU can do to advance equity in the world
    • Are YOU A Pioneer?” — ideas for how YOU can be a changemaker & change the world, every day
    • THIS Is What Inclusion Feels Like” — ideas for how diverse populations feel welcome; a sense of belonging
    • “The POWER dynamics” — ideas for how to look at privilege, and understanding the power you have in a room.

These are great ideas for a video contest too!

Engage with your community

12. Invite the school/company/association newspaper to interview the filmmakers or panelists.

13. Inspire industry publications to write a story about your movie event and tell them why a movie like this is needed (like this: ACTE).

14. Help audiences members to explore their role in the solution and develop actionable steps by writing an action plan (these could be personal, professional, or both).

15. Invite community leaders, advocates, and local celebrities to be part of your event: Community groups, university faculties, middle school/high school/university students, school administrators, teachers, and elected officials who could help lead to positive change for women and girls at the intersections of marginalized identities—from K-12 through career.

16. Send event registrants a profile frame so they can show their Pioneering spirit (we’ve created a free Canva template for you to make your own!).

17. Conduct photo or video contests. Use a # (hashtag) for participants to tag their entry, then feature the winners in social media & blog posts.

Take a survey before the movie screening18. Take a poll before and after the screening to gauge feelings and perspectives.

19. Create a dedicated social media hashtag to increase attendee engagement before, during, and after your event.

20. Book a standard hosting package — which is HYBRID, and invite families to watch the film at home!

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