You know what they say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch… but who cares about lunch anyway when we can gorge ourselves on free film!
There are a number of companies in the UK that arrange previews of films before general release and as such you can get something for nothing… well if a quick bit of registration or giving some brief feedback counts as nothing anyway… maybe that that should be something for practically nothing.
So why do the studios do this? What do they get out of it? Well it’s a chance for them to request feedback and perhaps more importantly build up a bit of word of mouth as we all know how good it is to gloat about getting something for free!
Anyway, enough of blabbing… here’s what you want…
Free and Preview tickets…
SeeFilmFirst – is a ticketing system, used by the major film companies and the media to supply tickets for previews in cinemas across the country. For some films they have 1,000s of tickets to offer, for others they have allocations after offering to a third party promoter. Either way they offer as many as possible, to their members. They say that every year they give away millions of tickets to previews of films before they open.
All you have to do is register your details on their website, SeeFilmFirst, and they will email you when they have tickets. The tickets are offered on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis so you have to be quick. We have seen some great films for free through SeeFilmFirst, the last being The Hangover. Being a preview we hadn’t heard too much about it and it turned out to be a real surprise treat… maybe more so because it didn’t cost us a dime!
They also offer tickets to classical music concerts and the like which is an added bonus.
TellTen – these guys are oh so similar to SeeFilmFirst in fact they appear to be the same company! Hmmm… well no harm in registering with them anyway as it only takes a minute.
First4Movies – very similar to SeeFilmFirst but these ones actually look like they are a different company!
Disney Studios – register on the Disney website and they will send you details of offers which occasionally include previews.
Timesonline – check out the Screen section of the Times and Sunday Times website. Apart from some very good film related content on occasion they offer free exclusive screenings. You will need to register your details with Times+ to claim free tickets.
Momentum Pictures – they are one of the leading companies in the UK and releases approximately 20 theatrical films a year. It prides itself on its diverse output with recent successes such as Milk, The Young Victoria and the fabulous Let the Right One in. They offer some great previews through their Preview Screening Club
Jameson Cult Film Club – Jameson have arranged a number of free screenings of cult classics, check out the details on JamesonCultFilmClub.com
If you’re a reader from across the pond then you’ll be pleased to hear that some of the studios (Miramax and Warner Bros) and cinemas (Show Case Cinemas) run insider programs which are free to register and on occasion they give you tickets for free screenings or the chance to win tickets.
How to get Premiere tickets…
It is much harder to get film premiere tickets, especially for free! However one excellent way to see a premiere and strut your stuff down the red carpet is at the BFI London Film Festival. You have to pay your way but they really do have some fantastic films.
Become a member and get priority ticket booking which gives you the best chance to get your hands on tickets for some of the best films and especially the star studded, red carpeted opening and closing galas.
This year included premieres of the Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Boys are Back and Nowhere Boy and stars George Clooney, Bill Murray, Viggo Mortensen, Clive Owen, director Wes Anderson and the lovely Eva Green to name a few.
Also keep an eye on the Film Premiere category in our Forum as we continually update it with premiere news and chances to buy or win premiere film tickets. In fact if you register on the site you can then subscribe on the forum film premiere category… then you will get an email notification everytime we update it with details on how to get premiere tickets.