Educational Purchase

Educational institutions, film societies, libraries, and non-profit organizations can purchase our films on DVD and Blu-ray at our institutional purchase price which includes Public Performance Rights. These permit screenings to a group of fewer than 50 people when no admission is charged

We can also provide both 3-Year and Life of File Digital Site Licenses.

How to Purchase a DVD for Institutional use
Find the film you are interested (listed here in alphabetical order) in and go to Educational Orders > Institutional DVD Purchase Order Form.

About Public Performance Rights

Public Performance Rights permit screenings to both private and public groups of less than 50 people when no admission is charged.

DVDs purchased from home video retailers or through our Video Store do NOT carry Public Performance Rights. These may only be screened for private home use unless Public Performance Rights are purchased separately or an open showing is arranged.

If admission is being charged, or if the expected audience is greater than 50 people, please contact Zeitgeist for an open showing quote or go to Educational Orders > Open Showing Rental Quote Request on our individual film pages.

About Digital Site Licenses

Digital Site Licenses (DSL) are available to colleges, universities and libraries in both a 3-year term from the date of the invoice OR for the life of the originally encoded digital file. File format may not be upgraded. License is limited to a single secure server with a password protected connection. Rights must be properly limited to users affiliated with your organization. Licenses can be renegotiated with Zeitgeist once lapsed.

Zeitgeist requires organizations to encode their own files from a purchased “Educational Edition” DVD or Blu Ray. A detailed copy of the license agreement is included with the purchase.


We accept institutional purchase orders or major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express). Credit terms: Net 30 days. We do NOT have a bank transfer option available.


Institutional DVDs may NOT be returned after they have been viewed barring a technical defect. If a preview copy is required please contact us.


Open Showings

Open showings are public or private screenings for an audience, with or without charging admission. Any screening that is not taking place in the confines of a home is considered an open showing. Please apply for open showing prices. If you are an educational institution please check to see if your screening falls under the auspices of an educational sale as that may be a cheaper option for you.

We charge a minimum guarantee film rental for showings to an open audience. Depending on the screening the rental may include a specified percentage of the gross receipts.

Zeitgeist has a catalogue of over 25 years of films available on a variety of formats. Please specify your preferred format on the rental form.

Shipping Fees

Shipping for Blu-ray and DVD is $8. Shipping for large-format tapes such as HDCAM, DIGIBETA, BETA SP and DCP is $10. Shipping for 16mm and 35mm prints is calculated on a case by case basis. It is preferable and economical for the requester to provide a shipping account for print requests.


For open showings and rentals we accept institutional purchase orders or pre-payment by checks made out to Zeitgeist Films Ltd. or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express). Payment terms: net 30 days.

Box Office Reports

If required, please submit a written box office report by email or fax within 24 hours of your screening. Indicate the total amount received for admission.

Promotional Materials

Photos and press kits for most of our films can be downloaded in digital format from our website.


Provided that Zeitgeist receives notification 7 days before the play date, any open showing may be cancelled. If Zeitgeist does not receive this notification in time, full rental, shipping and handling charges must be paid.

Print Returns

DCPs, prints and discs must be returned on the first working day following your showing. PLEASE CALL US FOR FORWARD SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS or email us. Films must be returned prepaid via FedEx Ground or similar trackable shipping service (insured for $700 for 16mm prints and $1500 for 35mm prints). Under no circumstances may you ship any film via the United States Postal Service!

Unless otherwise instructed, 35mm and 16mm prints should NOT be returned to the Zeitgeist office.

Damaged Material

The exhibitor shall pay the cost of replacement of any film material which is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed between the time of delivery to them and return to our depot, except while in transit according to Zeitgeist’s instructions.