How to host a Hoovie movie
Bring together friends and communities of interest to watch an incredible film and talk about it after, face-to-face.
Anyone can host! Our films are curated to get people talking, and we support you to bring people together.
We recently launched the first phase of a partnership with Side Door. Hosts can now enjoy robust new features and access to a broader audience. As part of phase one, the host experience will bridge both the Hoovie platform and Side Door’s. (Read more on our blog! And check out our current screenings here.)
Your role as host
Your role is to spread the word and focus on hosting a great experience for your guests (find tips in Side Door’s host toolkit).
We build the screening/club with you on Side Door, promote your event, and if requested we can support with programming (e.g. suggest a special guest).
Side Door's role
Side Door also promotes your event and ensures that everything runs smoothly on the technical side.
Find answers to your questions below, and reach out to our team anytime.
Bring the crew together
There’s truly something magic about watching a great film as a jumping off point for conversation.
Support indie filmmakers
Making a living as an indie filmmaker is harder than ever before. The average filmmaker recoups less than half what it cost to make a film, and most video-on-demand services pay pennies per view.
Hoovie ticket sales put real money in filmmakers’ pockets.
Make some extra $
Building community is an important job. Hoovie hosts keep 25% of ticket proceeds to go toward event costs.
In-person Hoovies can be in tiny venues for tiny crowds – say, 12 people in a condo living room – or in larger venues for larger crowds – say, 300 people in a church sanctuary.
Virtual Hoovies can be on a laptop or phone.
Your job as host entails: promotions, managing AV equipment and internet connection, and facilitating the experience from beginning to end.
Ticket sales are all done on Side Door’s platform in advance (no cash at the door).
We believe compensating people who build community (hosts) and create art (filmmakers) is essential to a healthy society, so:
- Hosts keep 25% from every ticket sold.
- Filmmakers are paid 40%.
- Hoovie and SideDoor keep 35% to pay for event promotions, licensing, and the event management and streaming technology.
That’s up to you really. We love to watch a film on a projector and screen with quality surround sound speakers, but you know what? A decent-size TV can offer a great experience too. Just consider pegging your ticket price to the quality of the viewing experience.