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Our mission is to empower everyday people to build community through addictive social cinema experiences.

About Hoovie

We’ve lost something. Each other. Intimacy. Eye contact! Opportunities to connect authentically.

We’ve also lost so many of our indie film theatres. Remember those? We’re either alone on our laptops watching something meh or longing to re-watch that masterpiece we saw at a film festival. And discuss it afterwards. Face to face. With like-minded souls.

Hoovie is our response.

Hoovie helps you easily host and attend uniquely social cinema experiences – virtually and in person.

The films in our catalog are carefully selected for their artistry, relevance and ability to spark real conversation. Our filmmakers receive a fair return on each ticket purchased.

The goal: to create community and get human together.

Anyone can host. We offer the tools you need: quality pre-licensed films, event management tools and synchronized/asynchronized playback + video conferencing (now through Side Door), plus promotional materials and post-film conversation prompts.

So let’s watch movies together – and connect.

Whose Streets? Creative Mornings screening

How Hoovie Works

Want to host or attend an in-person Hoovie at your home, your favourite cafe, or at the park down the block? How about a virtual Hoovie in your daytime PJs?

Learn more about how to host a Hoovie here. Simply, choose a film or series of films (a movie club!) from Hoovie’s curated catalog, set the event details and invite your friends.

For Virtual Hoovie, all you’ll need is a good internet connection and a quiet space. For in-person Hoovie, you’ll need access to a space with ambience, a decent AV set-up, and high-speed internet.

How Hoovie Works

Want to host or attend an IRL Hoovie in your home, at your favorite cafe or in the park down the block? How about a Virtual Hoovie in your daytime PJs?

Simply choose a film or series of films from Hoovie’s curated catalog, set the event details and invite your friends.

For Virtual Hoovie, all you’ll need is a good internet connection and quiet space. For IRL Hoovie, you’ll need access to a space with ambiance, a decent AV set-up and high-speed internet.

Box office breakdown

We believe compensating people who build community (hosts) and create art (filmmakers) is essential to a healthy society. It is this tightly held value that forms the foundation of our business.

Hosts make or raise 25% from every ticket sold.

Film rights holders (distributors or filmmakers) make 40% from every ticket sold.

In both cases, for now, the remainder pays for Side Door and Hoovie’s service, including event promotions, programming, film licensing, event management, and streaming technology.

Box office breakdown

We believe compensating people who build community (hosts) and create art (filmmakers) is essential to a healthy society. It is this tightly held value that forms the foundation of our business model.

Hosts seeking to make or raise money keep 30% from every ticket sold and send 40% to the filmmaker.

Hosts who don’t want the money send 60% of each ticket sold to the filmmaker.

In both cases, the remainder pays for Hoovie’s service, including event promotions and access to our integrated event management and streaming technology.

Ready to host a Hoovie screening?

Find everything you need to know about hosting social cinema experience.

How to Host

FAQs

Find answers to your questions below, and reach out to our team anytime.

Once I buy a ticket, how will I find my Hoovie event?

Upon booking a ticket, you’ll receive essential communication from Side Door: receipts, important links, reminders, and of course the address if it’s an offline event.

Can I screen any film through the Hoovie platform?

No. For two reasons. First, films in the Hoovie catalog have been carefully curated for their ability to provoke conversation and social connection. Second, films outside the Hoovie catalog are not licensed for ticket sales.

Does Hoovie rent projectors or other AV equipment?

No, however we are working on building relationships with equipment dealers and retailers to offer special discounts to Hoovie users.

For those in New York City, we recommend checking out Rooftop Films or KitSplit for equipment rentals. In Vancouver and Victoria, Long + McQuade has amazing rates on quality AV kits.

I want to control my guestlist. Can my Hoovie screening be made private?

Hoovie screenings are your opportunity to meet new people, and frankly, the vast majority of people are lovely.

And at the same time, yes! Through Side Door, it’s easy to host a private screening.

How do reviews work?

Collect film and screening reviews from your ticket-holders and gain followers on Side Door. Every follower will automatically be notified the moment you book your next show!

And by the way, when Side Door says “show”, it implies a film screening too 🙂

As a filmmaker, can I request to have my films added to the Hoovie catalog?

Yes, we’d love to hear from you! Just keep in mind, we typically select films that have been screened at festivals and/or won awards. To submit your film for review, email a synopsis and a link to the trailer, and please include the names of festivals where it’s appeared, along with any relevant distribution details.

Can I host a screening in a space I don’t own/rent?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: If you’re looking to hold the screening in a venue outside of your home or workplace, you’ll obviously need to work out the details with the venue operator and make sure they’re onboard.