Information on Booking a Film Event at the Center for Film Studies

The Center for Film Studies welcomes Wesleyan-affiliated departments and groups and will do our best to accommodate your needs. The Center is the primary campus venue for the legal presentation of films and we encourage anyone who is contemplating a screening to consult with us to schedule an event.

Because the Center is an academic building and not an events facility, the academic needs of the Film Studies Dept. take precedence over any proposed event. Also, potential users should be aware that required academic screenings, Film Studies Dept. events, and the Wesleyan Film Series are frequently scheduled during evenings and weekends, further limiting available time slots. Requests for use of The Goldsmith Family Cinema (CFS 100), or the Powell Family Cinema (CFS 190) should be made a minimum of four weeks in advance of a proposed event.

As of March 2020, we are currently booked to capacity for events in the Spring 2020 semester. Please contact us if you have any questions but we do not anticipate being able to accomodate further events this semester.

Student Groups

Student group requests for film screenings are welcomed, but all such events must be approved by both the Student Activities Office and the Center. Unfortunately, due to limited facilities and scheduling opportunities, no student group requests for non-film events will be considered.


Equipment maintenance fees (see events forms) will be charged per event. In addition, the cost of the event staffing will be added, which generally runs $120 for a four-hour event (depending on the nature of the event). Those who use Wesleyan facilities, including classrooms, will be billed for any damage to the facilities, grounds, furnishings, or for extra cleaning as a result of the event.

Event Staffing

All Center for Film Studies events will be staffed by at least one house manager (and usually two or three) who will be responsible for the smooth operation of the event. The number of event staff required will be determined by the Center. House managers arrive in advance of the start time and stay through to the end of the event and are there to answer questions, handle audience flow, and otherwise support the event. If the event requires audio/visual needs, including computer, film, and DVD projection, the Center will provide a trained projectionist.

Public Performance Rights

The Center for Film Studies will not permit the screening of any material unless the sponsoring group has obtained the public performance rights. It is not the responsibility of the Center to do this, although we offer assistance in determining who the rights holders are and how they may be contacted. For example, even if a group has in its possession a DVD and wishes to show it, the public performance rights to that DVD must be obtained first. Such rights typically cost hundreds of dollars. Public performance authorization must be submitted in writing to the Center prior to any screening. There can be no exceptions to this policy.

Event Booking Form

All groups must submit an event form prior to booking an event. Booking confirmation will be given only after receipt and review of the event form.

Download an event booking form here.

Completed forms should be mailed, faxed (x2221), or emailed (lcarlson) to Lea Carlson at least four weeks in advance of the event.


General facility and events questions, scheduling questions: Lea Carlson, x3542, email
Film booking and public performance questions: Joan Miller, x3395, email