Host a Screening

Apply to host a Handmade Puppet Dreams Event

Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film to explore a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. Learn more about Handmade Puppet Dreams here.

  • There are some basic venue requirements we encourage you to meet in order to host an HMPD screening. Please refer to the screening application for details.
  • We will provide you a digital file and limited amount of printed programs for your screening at no cost. 
  • We will support your screening with free advertising through our IBEX Puppetry and Handmade Puppet Dreams social media outlets and mailing lists.
  • You can enhance your screening experience with workshops, presentations, introductions, filmmaker Q&A, or even gallery exhibits of Handmade Puppet Dreams film puppets! Visit here to explore these opportunities.

Handmade Puppet Dreams screenings do require a small screening fee, the entirety of which goes directly back into the pockets of the individual artists who created the films. Ticket profits from the screenings, however, are yours to keep.

You may qualify to host a free screening or receive a discount on the screening fee if you meet certain eligibility criteria, including:
  • Hosting, producing, or generating puppet slams or long-form puppet theatre
  • Structured affiliation with Puppeteers of America or UNIMA
  • Fundraising for a USA-based 501(c)3 organization
  • Presenting at an appropriate festival, educational institution, or public facility
  • Please refer to the screening application for full details
If you have hosted a Handmade Puppet Dreams screening or event in the past, please remind us of that fact on your screening application! 

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