IDEAS TO INCREASE YOUR EVENT’S IMPACT - PLANNING
IDEAS TO INCREASE YOUR EVENT’S IMPACT
Keynote Speaker: Invite a person who was incarcerated in the camps or a local leader or scholar to speak about some of the themes the film raises, such as: civil liberties violations, racial profiling, the current travel ban, etc. Make sure the speaker has a chance to view the film in advance. Check our Resource page for links to organizations that can help.
Co-Sponsoring Organizations: Include other organizations in your event plans, to broaden your reach and establish new, potentially long-term coalitions.
- There are many groups that would make good co-sponsors, including civil rights organizations, legal organizations, immigrant support groups. Check our Resource page for links to organizations that can help. Make sure to include the names and, where possible, logos of your co-sponsors on all print on and on-line materials.
- Provide opportunities for co-sponsors to display information about their organizations and relevant initiatives.
Action Steps: Create an email list so you can follow up with attendees. Offer motivated audience members ways they can help or become involved—For example, can they volunteer at a local organization, join a working group, write to representatives, organize an action? Offer specific ideas. Think about giving people something to do immediately (e.g. have postcards available for people to write to legislators, a petition to sign, or a group to join).
Reception: Plan a special meet-and-greet with refreshments to allow opportunities for networking either before or after the screening. Depending on your budget and capacity, this could be open to the public or invite-only.
For on-campus screenings invite departments, research centers, and student organizations to be part of your event. This will increase visibility and help spotlight the issues in the film.
Invite the Filmmakers: Depending on availability, the filmmakers may be able to speak about the film and to lead discussions. For more information about availability and fees, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.