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Is my Film Covered by the CVL?

The Church Video Licence (CVL) from CCLI covers most major film studios and distributors including 20th Century Fox, Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Pixar and Universal.

However, CCLI appreciates that determining whether a particular film is covered isn’t always easy. This article will look at the best way to confirm that the film you wish to show is covered by the CVL.

Although there are a number of websites containing film information that you can reference, CCLI recommends that you use the product information listed for the film on Amazon.

  • On the Amazon home page, search for the DVD or Blu-Ray of the film title you wish to show and click on it to open the Product Page for that title.
  • Next you need to scroll down the page to the Product Details section
  • Within this section look for the studio/producer listed next to Studio
  • Having made a note of this, now open the UK CVL Producers List on the CCLI website. This list shows all the studios/producers covered by the CVL in the UK displayed in alphabetical order. If the studio on Amazon appears in this list, you can assume the film is covered by the CVL for the UK. If the studio isn’t listed here, the film is not covered.

 

The film isn’t covered by the CVL but we still want to show it. What should we do?

If the film isn’t covered by the CVL, it may be covered by Filmbank. Filmbank offers a Single Title Screening Licence (STSL) that allows you to show a film on a one-off basis for both commercial and non-commercial use. Alternatively, you could try contacting the film’s producer directly.

 

Thanks for taking the time to make sure your film is covered. Enjoy showing it in your church.

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