Hosting a Hoovie pop-up cinema experience gains you access not only to an incredible film, but also interesting, new people.


It’s also a fun way to make a bit of money or fundraise for a cause.

Through Hoovie, just about anyone can turn their living room, work space, studio, church, rooftop or backyard into a movie theatre for the night.

Just choose a film, set your location and ticket price, and let guests book a spot on your couch. (Don’t forget the snacks!)


Select a film from Hoovie's Catalog


Create a profile and a listing for your screening.


Keep or donate $ from ticket sales.


Invite your people (we’ll invite ours, too).


Test your AV equipment, clean your bathroom.


Watch a movie together. Discuss. Mingle.


Rate the film, the experience and each other.


Find more answers in our FAQs or reach out to our team.

How to host a Hoovie screening

  1. Create a profile (only takes a minute).
  2. Choose a film from the catalog and click “Host a Screening.
  3. Decide if you’ll keep or donate ticket proceeds (scroll down for more on this).
  4. Set the ticket price, based on:
    • How comfy and/or fancy the space is (and whether you have to pay to use it)
    • The quality of your AV equipment (HD projector? Surround sound?)
    • What you will or won’t provide (popcorn? beer and tacos? potluck? BYOB?)
    • What your guests will/can pay
    • Your fundraising goals (if you decide not to keep the host’s “cut” from ticket sales).
  5. Share some details about the event, the space and what your goals are.
  6. Click submit and look for next steps in your inbox.

Beyond screening films, Hoovie hosts create magical experiences for tiny audiences. So think about how you can treat your guests to a special time – whether that’s through the snacks you provide, mood lighting or the warm way you welcome each person who walks through your door.

Why host a Hoovie?

  • Make some extra $
    Hoovie ticket sales support hosts to bring people together more often by covering hospitality expenses, investments in quality AV equipment and perhaps even rent!
  • Host a mini-crowdfunder
    Movie screenings easily become low/no-cost fundraisers with Hoovie. Hosts simply click the box to donate their cut of the “box office” to an aligned cause associated with the film.
  • Support the arts
    Making a living as an indie filmmaker is harder than ever before. Hoovie hosts wanting to support artists to continue their work can choose to give their cut to the filmmaker.

How much work is involved in hosting a Hoovie?

Screenings can be in tiny venues for tiny crowds – say, 5 people in a condo living room – or in larger venues for sizable crowds – say, 70 people in a church sanctuary.

At a minimum, your job as the host entails: creating an event listing on the Hoovie site, sending out some invites (the Hoovie team also promotes the screening), testing your AV equipment and internet connection, pressing play, smiling occasionally, and then submitting a rating of the experience afterwards.

Anything else you do beyond that is going to make the experience that much more magic.

How do ticket sales work?

Ticket sales are all done through the 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 receive 50% of each ticket sold, which they may keep (perhaps, to pay for food/bev or invest in new AV equipment) or click to directly donate to the filmmaker or Aligned Cause;
  • Film owners (filmmaker or distributor, depending on the film) receive 30% of each ticket sold; and
  • Hoovie keeps 20%.

What’s an Aligned Cause?

For many of the films in our catalog, Hoovie selects a community partner who is doing great work relevant to the film (e.g. Indigenous Climate Action is the aligned cause for Fractured Land).

Hosts can click to send their “cut” of the box office to that organization automatically, and indicate to guests where proceeds from ticket sales will be going.

What kind of AV equipment do I need?

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.