Bruin Film Society is an undergraduate association dedicated to celebrating and upholding film on campus. Run solely by students, we work to bring the magic of movies directly to UCLA and to foster a community of people who love watching and discussing films. Amongst our many club events are weekly meetings, where we screen and discuss a film in a classroom setting, off-campus events such as theatre trips and red carpets, and on-campus screenings, where we screen major Hollywood films in advance for no cost to the UCLA community. Last school year, we held free advance screenings for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, You Were Never Really Here, and Thoroughbreds. We also planned and executed several Q&As to accompany our screenings, including Q&As for Flower with star Zoey Deutch and director Max Winkler, Eighth Grade with writer and director Bo Burnham, and Blindspotting with cast members Daveed Diggs, Janina Gavankar, Rafael Casal, and Jasmine Cephas-Jones. We provide these amazing experiences for free, with UCLA students, staff, and alumni receiving priority.
Film functions as a gateway for empathy by allowing us to experience people, places, trials, and triumphs in a deeply immersive way. UCLA students sit at the heart of the entertainment industry, but experiencing the perks of Los Angeles can be difficult as a full-time student juggling extracurriculars, work, and other pressing responsibilities. By providing free films on campus, we allow students the chance to de-stress and see several major Oscar contenders, along with meeting creatives at no cost!
We have grown tremendously throughout the past two years - we have more members and put on more screenings than ever before! This quarter, we are collaborating with multiple studios to show screenings of the year's most highly anticipated films in our "BFS Awards Season" series. Our slate of screenings includes films such as Eighth Grade, First Man, Wildlife, Mid90s, and Roma. While this is an exciting time for BFS, it hasn’t come without difficulty. Renting the theater and buying supplies for our screenings is an expensive job, and as an entirely student-run organization, it is difficult to find the necessary funding. We are in need of funding to cover the costs of our screenings and purchase supplies for our club.
As a donor, you would be helping us in our goal to provide free, accessible events to UCLA students!
Your donation will help us cover our following costs this quarter:
Venue: This will go towards the cost of reserving the James Bridges Theater, where we host our on-campus screenings.
T-shirts: This will go towards purchasing t-shirts for the BFS board and general members. Board t-shirts will help audience members identify staff during events and general audience shirts will help increase awareness of our club.
Supplies: This will help us purchase the wristbands, signs, and banners we need to make sure our screenings run as smoothly as possible.
Marketing materials: This will cover the printing costs of flyers and stickers used to spread the word about our screenings to students.
Every donation you make brings us closer to our goals as a club and provides free events for students. Thank you for your generosity!