How do I get a licence to screen films and do I need one?
You can purchase a PVS Licence for your organisation to watch films by contacting Filmbankmedia. However, your organisation may already be covered, so please read the details below.
Using film in a classroom to assist with teaching does not require a licence, however, all other screenings - be they in an Into Film Club, after school, or non-curriculum setting - do require a public video screening licence (PVSL).
Do I need a licence to use Into Film+
To view films on Into Film+, a Public Video Screening Licence (PVS Licence) is required.
The PVSL, provided by Filmbankmedia, covers the films available to stream on the Into Film+ platform. State schools based in England are automatically covered as the PVSL is purchased for all schools by the DfE. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, for those schools without a PVSL, one can be purchased by visiting www.filmbankmedia.com
All schools need a licence such as a PVSL and/or a MPLC to screen filmed content in extra- curricular settings, such as after-school clubs and for wet weather activities or end of term screenings.
Schools are legally able to watch films in a classroom setting without a licence but only if the screening is in support of the subject being taught.
Is my organisation located in an area that is automatically covered by a PVS Licence
For all state schools in England, the PVSL is paid for and provided by your local authority. If you do need a URN reference number, you can find it by going to the Get Information about Schools website under URN.
For state schools in Scotland, the PVSL is paid for and provided in the following local authorities: Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Orkney, South Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire. Schools in all other local authorities are responsible for purchasing their own licences through Filmbankmedia. If Filmbankmedia have confirmed your school is not currently covered with a PVSL please contact email@example.com to see if you are eligible for bursary support. If you need to check what your SEED number is, it can be found on the Education Scotland website
The PVSL is paid for and provided to state schools in the following local authorities: Cardiff, Conwy, Vale of Glamorgan. Schools in all other local authorities are responsible for purchasing their own licences and should contact their local authority education department or Filmbankmedia to check. If not covered, schools are responsible for purchasing their own licences through Filmbankmedia. If you do need a URN reference number, you can find it by going to the Get Information about Schools website under URN.
Northern Ireland (NI)
With the support of Northern Ireland Screen, Into Film NI provides the PVSL for a fixed number of schools within the ‘Extended Schools' programme. All other schools are responsible for purchasing their own licences through Filmbankmedia. For more details of PVSL provision for NI Extended Schools, please contact Lorraine Magee in our Belfast office. If you need to find your IRN (Institution Reference Number) number, it can be found on the DENI website.
How much does a PVS Licence cost?
The PVSL is available to buy from £112.50+VAT. Further information on licence purchasing and pricing can be found on their website.
Do I need any other licences to use Into Film+
Only a PVSL is required to watch Into Film+ content in all school settings, including after-school clubs, wet weather play and end of term screenings. Information on licence purchasing and pricing can be at Filmbankmedia.
Is Into Film+ free?
Into Film+ is free to use for all UK state schools that hold a valid Filmbankmedia Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL)
State schools based in England are automatically covered as the PVSL is purchased for all schools by the Department for Education (DfE). In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, for those schools without a PVSL, one can be purchased from £112.50 +VAT by visiting the Filmbankmedia website.
The PVSL is an annual licence and will need to be renewed every 12 months in order to access Into Film+.