Host a Screening of Slingshot Oct. 4 2016| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Finances/Fundraising, Marketing Tool, Team

Paul Lazarus, FIRST Executive Advisory Board member, has directed a new film about Dean Kamen, his water purification device, and FIRST. The film is titled ‘Slingshot’ and Paul has arranged to get FIRST teams in the United States and Canada access to it for team fundraising purposes at minimal expense and risk.

Teams may use the money they raise to cover equipment purchases, travel expenses, registration fees, or any other team expenses they wish. Of course, they’ll be getting the word out about Dean, his mission to bring clean water to the world, andFIRST at the same time!

The film is very inspirational, and gets to the heart of Dean, FIRST, and our mission.  You can see a preview below:

SLINGSHOT | Paul Lazarus from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

How does my team host a screening?

The process to screen the film will work as follows. Teams sign up on a website to host a screening, sell tickets to the screening through a website provided to them, are sent a DVD or Blu-Ray copy of the movie so they can show the film, and send the movie back after the screening. Teams will be paid via PayPal from the service provider for the proceeds.

Some additional details:

  • The screening fee is a flat $300, regardless of audience size
  • Standard shipping of the DVD or Blu-Ray is $32, this is out and back combined
  • If a team doesn’t sell enough tickets to cover these expenses, the screening is cancelled, the team is not charged, and anyone who already purchased a ticket is refunded their money.
  • Ticket price is $10 minimum*
  • The service provider assesses a 5% processing fee on all credit card transactions, including ticket sales and contributions
  • Teams are provided a website to sell tickets through. Websites are customized with team name, school, screening date and $ amounts for tickets
  • Currently, this opportunity is only available for FIRST teams from the United States and Canada

*When this program started in October of 2014, teams were able to set their own ticket prices. To ensure that teams are fully realizing the fundraising potential of this opportunity, a minimum price per ticket has been set.

Teams don’t need to rent a movie theater to show the film. As the film will be sent on DVD or Blu-Ray, they can show it anywhere they have the equipment and think is appropriate. School auditoriums, community centers, or backyards could all work. Teams could also set up concession stands at the screenings to earn additional money, and present the audience with a robot demo and presentation about their team before the show.

Click on the ‘FIRST Teams’ button at to learn more.

Someone from Paul’s team will contact the team directly and walk through the rest of the process. You will also see a helpful FAQ on this page as well. 

We want to thank Paul for making this opportunity available!