How to Host a Fall Outdoor Movie Festival

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 29, 2012 Under Tips

Fall is the perfect time of year to host an outdoor movie festival. Colorful fall foliage makes the perfect backdrop for a fall festival, while cooler autumn nights create the perfect opportunity to cuddle under a blanket with family or friends. Earlier fall sundown times allow for family friendly earlier movie start times. Here are some tips for planning the perfect fall outdoor movie festival.

Set the scene at your venue with fall-themed decorations and seating. Set hay bales in rows to create theater-style seating and decorate the venue with farm tractors placed next to the screen. You can partner with a local nursery who can supply pumpkins to decorate your venue with. Use a campfire to create a cozy atmosphere and help guests keep warm on a chilly fall night.

There are so many great fall activities you can plan to keep guests entertained before the movie begins and to add to the fun. You might feature a ghost story teller or plan a trunk or treat activity if it is close to Halloween. Hay rides, a barnyard petting zoo or a hay bale maze are all fun, family friendly activities to feature at your event. You could also embrace the spirit of fall harvest and feature a chili cook-off or pie eating contest, or a marshmallow roast. Finally, consider inviting local farmers to set-up a farmer’s market. Guests will enjoy a chance to purchase fresh, local produce, and you will build positive relationships in the community by reaching out to local farmers. Adding activities like this will create a warm fall atmosphere, attract families and help to make your event more memorable.

Fall is also the time for delicious treats like cider, caramel apples, hot cocoa, pumpkin muffins, baked apples, apple cake and more. Be sure to include some of these treats at your concession stand.

Finally, offer a chance to do some good in addition to the fun. In the spirit of sharing your harvest, set up a table where food donations can be collected. Non-perishables like canned goods are great options; you might even consider asking attendees to bring a can of food for entrance to the event in lieu of admission.

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Cool, comfortable weather, beautiful scenery and seasonal treats make fall the ideal time to host an outdoor movie festival. Use these tips and take advantage of all the wonderful things fall has to offer by decorating, planning activities and offering food that goes with the fall season.

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Gathering Feedback About Your Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 22, 2012 Under Tips

You have spent a lot of time planning your outdoor movie event and now the big night is here. It is satisfying to see the results of all of your hard work and planning, and you are probably ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the event. Just don’t forget about one last important step: gathering feedback about your outdoor movie event.

Why Gather Feedback?

Collect feedback from attendees and use the information to make future endeavors memorable. Feedback from the audience, whether it is positive or negative, is a great way to understand the expectations of audiences. Outdoor movie events require more than just an investment of time, they also require an investment of money. Feedback helps to ensure that the events you organize produce the highest returns on your investment. Finally, feedback is a simple way to collect information on the demographics of attendees; this information can be used to sell sponsorship for future events. (Click here to tweet this.)

How to Collect the Information

There are several ways to collect information. First, try setting up a booth or table at the event. Try offering an incentive to encourage participation, like the chance to win a prize. You could also elect a worker or volunteer to walk around at the event and ask one or two questions.

If you prefer to give attendees the chance to provide feedback after the event, you could use e-mail, phone or the event website. Set-up a registration table and gather e-mail information to send an online survey, or make an announcement inviting guests to call and take the survey by phone. If your event has a website or Facebook page, post a survey there.

What Information Should You Gather?

It is important to collect the right information; data that can be used to improve future events. Here are some ideas for helpful information to gather using your survey:

  • Did they like the movie?
  • Who came to the event with them? (family, friends, kids)
  • Demographics
  • How did they hear about the event?
  • Venue
  • Food
  • Entertainment

Make sure the time and money you put into your outdoor movie event or events is well spent. The information you can gather from attendees following your movie event is helpful in many ways. Use these tips to collect the right information from as many guests as possible.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema is the largest producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the country. We don’t just rent inflatable movie screens. Instead SOC shares nearly a decade of expertise with our clients so that they have an EXTRAORDINARY outdoor movie event which is EASY and STRESS-FREE to organize. To begin planning your outdoor movie event contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthernOutdoorCinema for daily outdoor movie tips.

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