Please note that although an indication of the topics covered is provided, many questions apply to several topics. If you have additional questions, please call the office (302-645-9095, x1).

 

General Film Society Information


1. Where is the Rehoboth Beach Film Society office?

2. What are the Film Society’s office hours?

3. Can I purchase tickets on the internet

4. How can I become involved?

 

New Membership Structure and Festival Pass Information

 

5. Why did the Membership structure need to be changed?

6. What process was used to determine the changes?

7. What were the changes based on?

8. What are the changes?

9. What does a Membership offer me?

10. Are Membership Dues tax deductible?

11. How long is a Membership good for?

12. Why is a Membership optional but a Festival Pass is required to attend the
      Film Festival?

13. Do I have to buy a Festival Pass now or can I purchase it later?

14. When will I receive my Festival Pass?

15. If I don’t buy a Festival Pass in advance, how can I get a program?

16. How many tickets can I purchase with a Festival Pass?

17. If I purchase a Festival Pass, when can I purchase my film tickets?

18. What if I only want to see one film at the Festival?

19. What is a One-Day Pass?

20. Can I buy more than (1) One-Day Festival Pass?

21. If I purchase Festival tickets during pre-Festival sales, am I allowed to buy
      more tickets when I arrive at the Festival?

22. I don’t understand the rule about purchasing tickets for overlapping films.

23. Why do I have to allow 15 minutes between screenings I want to attend?

24. Why do I have to show both my Festival Pass and my ticket at the theater?

25. How many films can I purchase a ticket for, if I buy a One-Day Pass?

26. Can I purchase tickets for a friend?

27. My partner and I each purchased a Festival Pass, will we each receive a
      Festival program?

28. Is the cost of a Festival Pass tax deductible?

29. Does next year’s decision have to be the same as the decision I make this year?

 

General Membership Information


30. Why should I join the Rehoboth Beach Film Society?

31. Is my membership tax deductible?

32. How long is my membership good for?

33. Must I bring my membership card to all events?

34. What are my membership benefits outside of the Festival?

35. Can I renew my membership at the Festival?

36. Should I renew my membership if I am not attending this year’s Festival?

 

General Festival Information


37. When is the Festival?

38. Where is the Festival?

39. Why are there so many Festival Pass levels?

40. What Festival Pass allows me to purchase tickets before the Festival?

41. How are the films selected for the Festival and who selects them?

42. Who will be the food vendors in tent?

43. When will I receive my Festival program?

 

 

General Film Society Information


1. Where is the Rehoboth Beach Film Society office?

The office is located at 107 Truitt Ave, Rehoboth Beach (directly behind Farmers Girl on Coastal Highway). Truitt Ave. is accessed by Route 24, just west of the Exxon station. When visiting, please park in our driveway on Paynter Ave. (Click here for map)

2. What are the Film Society’s office hours?

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

3. Can I purchase tickets on the internet?

For year-round programs, you can purchase tickets on the RBFS website. Due to the complexities of Festival ticket sales, internet purchasing is not an option at this time but one we are working towards implementing.

4. How can I become involved?

There are many opportunities to become involved with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society:

New Membership Structure and Festival Pass Information


5. Why did the Membership structure need to be changed?

For years, we’ve listened to Festival attendees suggest having alternate options for people who only attend the Film Festival and no other events throughout the year. In addition, we learned that if members weren’t going to be able to attend the Festival, they would not renew their membership which meant a loss of support.

The Film Society decided to it was time to make changes, changes that would give people affordable options that correlate to individual interest levels.

6. What process was used to determine the changes?

The Membership Committee researched the operations of ten film festivals in the United States and through several work sessions, developed a proposed membership structure. That model was presented in May and June to members during seven, two-hour focus groups. The structure was modified in response to focus group input and submitted to the RBFS Board of Directors for review. Further changes were made and the plan was approved in November.

7. What were the changes based on?

The entire process was guided by five goals:

  • offering values and options
  • modernizing to online ticket sales
  • maintaining reasonable dues and fees
  • striving for equitable distribution of ticket sales
  • ensuring the Film Society’s long-term sustainability

8. What are the changes?

The new structure provides several choices. A person can purchase:

  • an Annual Membership
  • a Festival Pass (A person does not need to be a Member in order to purchase a Festival Pass.)
  • an Annual Membership and a Festival Pass.

9. What does a Membership offer me?

A Membership provides:

  • discount admission to various film events throughout the year
  • access to the RBFS Film Library
  • email notices of upcoming events
  • a newsletter published three times during the year
  • a discounted subscription to Delaware Beach Life magazine for new subscribers
  • discounted price for Festival Pass
  • $1 discount on each Film Festival ticket (for member only)
  • Satisfaction of supporting a nonprofit organization which provides quality programming

Click here to see more information about Membership benefits.

10. Are Membership Dues tax deductible?

Yes, membership dues are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

11. How long is a Membership good for?

A membership is good for one year. There are four expiration dates, March 31, June 30, September 30, or December 31. The expiration date of each membership is determined by the application submission date.

12. Why is a Membership optional but a Festival Pass is required to attend the
      Film Festival?

The Film Society recognizes that some people do not attend Film Society sponsored events during the year for a variety of reasons. As such, it seemed appropriate to give them the choice of becoming a member.

The Festival Pass requirement helps to achieve equitable distribution of tickets. Every person that attends the Festival will need a Festival pass to purchase tickets and to enter the theaters.

13. Do I have to buy a Festival Pass now or can I purchase it later?

Although a Festival Pass can be purchased later, it makes sense to do it at renewal time in order to avoid delays in processing as the Festival approaches. Processing is more efficient when Membership and Festival Pass are ordered at the same time. Please note that only those who have purchased Festival Passes will be mailed a copy of the Festival Program when it becomes available in October.

14. When will I receive my Festival Pass?

Festival Passes will be mailed to buyers in early October with the Festival Program and ticket purchasing information. To avoid possible delays due to processing, be sure to buy your Festival Pass well in advance.

15. If I don’t buy a Festival Pass in advance, how can I get a program?

Festival Programs are distributed locally beginning in mid-October. The program is also made available online at that time. Previous programs are also on the website [click here].

16. How many tickets can I purchase with a Festival Pass?

Each Festival Pass holder may purchase one ticket per film title according to the following terms:

  • no tickets can be purchased for films with screening times that overlap
  • there must be at least 15 minutes between the ending time of one screening and the starting time of the next film you wish to see.

17. If I purchase a Festival Pass, when can I purchase my film tickets?

The level of the Festival Pass purchased determines when the holder can purchase film tickets. (Click here for information about Festival Pass levels and benefits.)

18. What if I only want to see one film at the Festival?

If you only want to see one film, then you can purchase a One-Day Festival Pass for the day that film is being screened. Once you enjoy the Festival experience, you may want to see more! Please remember that reduced inventory may limit ticket availability on same-day sales.

19. What is a One-Day Pass?

The One-Day Pass allows the purchaser to buy tickets and see films on just one day. The One-Day Pass will only be sold in the Big Tent at the Festival (no advance sales).

20. Can I buy more than (1) One-Day Festival Pass?

Yes, you can buy a One-Day Festival Pass for each day, but you may find there are more benefits if you purchase a Film Buff Festival Pass.

21. If I purchase Festival tickets during pre-Festival sales, am I allowed to buy
      more tickets when I arrive at the Festival?

Additional tickets can be purchased starting on Wednesday during the Festival. However, those tickets cannot be for film titles already purchased, for films that overlap with already purchased film tickets, or for films that have less than 15 minutes between the ending time of previously purchased tickets and the beginning the new film.

22. I don’t understand the rule about purchasing tickets for overlapping films.

Tickets may not be purchased for films that overlap because the Festival Pass holder cannot be in two theaters at the same time. Generally this means that only one film ticket can be purchased in a two hour period, taking into consideration a film’s runtime and the required 15 minute interval between films.

23. Why do I have to allow 15 minutes between screenings I want to attend?

The 15 minute break allows time for each pass holder to exit through the theater doors to the outside (as required by the Fire Marshall’s office) and re-enter through the theater’s front doors without missing any part of the next film and disturbing audiences. Exiting the theater to the hallway is not allowed.

24. Why do I have to show both my Festival Pass and my ticket at the theater?

In order to maintain equitable ticket distribution, proof of having purchased a Festival Pass is required to enter a theater.

25. How many films can I purchase a ticket for, if I buy a One-Day Pass?

The number of film screening tickets that can be purchased in one day is determined by the film schedule--factoring in no overlapping of films and 15 minutes between the ending of one screening and the starting of another screening.

26. Can I purchase tickets for a friend?

Tickets cannot be purchased for a friend. A Festival Pass holder may only purchase film tickets for him/herself. In order to purchase a ticket and enter the theater, the person must display her/his Festival Pass at both times.

27. My partner and I each purchased a Festival Pass, will we each receive
      a Festival program?

Yes, each Festival Pass buyer will be mailed the Festival program with his or her Festival Pass in early October.

28. Is the cost of a Festival Pass tax deductible?

Yes, the cost of a Festival Pass is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

29. Does next year’s decision have to be the same as the decision I make this year?

No, this year’s decision does not impact next year’s decision.

 

General Membership Information


30. Why should I join the Rehoboth Beach Film Society?

Becoming a member of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is a wonderful way to support a community-based arts organization that strives to bring quality cinematic arts to southern Delaware. Click here for information about membership and benefits.

31. Is my membership tax deductible?

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, contributions for which no goods or services are received in return are tax-deductible. Click here to view the tax deductible amounts.

32. How long is my membership good for?

Each membership is good for one year. Renewal dates are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 of each year.

33. Must I bring my membership card to all events?

Yes, bring your membership card because many times the card entitles you to a discount admission fee.

34. What are my membership benefits outside of the Festival?

35. Can I renew my membership at the Festival?

Yes you can. A Membership Booth will be set-up in the Big Tent. Please check the hours of operation and plan accordingly. For your convenience, you can renew online at any time. Click here for the online renewal. From the membership pages you can renew/join online or you can print the application, fill it out and mail it to the Film Society office.

36. Should I renew my membership if I am not attending this year’s Festival?

Yes! Membership includes more than just Festival benefits, it includes discount admission to year-round programs, advance notice of upcoming events, a newsletter, and complimentary access to the Film Library. In addition, your membership support helps the RBFS to continue bringing quality cinematic arts to Sussex County throughout the year.

 

General Festival Information


37. When is the Festival?

The Festival is always over the second week of November. In 2014, the Festival will run from Nov 5 - 9.

38. Where is the Festival?

The 5-day event is held at the Movies at Midway, located in the Midway Shopping Center on Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, see map, and the Cape Henlopen High School Theater, see map.

39. Why are there so many Festival Pass levels?

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society strives to make quality cinematic arts affordable to all while at the same time generating sufficient revenue to support the organization’s year-round operations. The six levels, each with a different set of benefits, allows each film enthusiast to select a package that meets his/her individual interests and budget.

40. What Festival Pass allows me to purchase tickets before the Festival?

There are two levels that include pre-Festival ticket purchasing privileges. They are Producer and Director. A more affordable option, the Screenwriter level, allows purchase of tickets on Tuesday in the Big Tent. (more information)

41. How are the films selected for the Festival and who selects them?

The RBFS contracts with a Festival Program Director, currently Joe Bilancio. Joe screens more than 600 films that are submitted for consideration. He also attends other Festivals, consults with distributors, and conducts an extensive search for the highest quality American and international films. In addition, Festival Film Reviews are conducted in the summer to get the input from RBFS members and the general public.

Click here for more information about Festival Film Reviews.

42. Who will be the food vendors in tent?

Many restaurants approach us each year requesting to be a Festival Food Vendor. To ensure equity for local businesses and interesting choices for Festival-goers, each business is given a two year term and then rotated to the bottom of the waiting list.

43. When will I receive my Festival program?

Festival programs are mailed to Festival Pass purchasers during the first week of October.