Obtaining Screening Permission
Public performance (generally defined as anything outside of a home) of a film requires clearance from the current rights holder. We hope this page helps groups and organizations interested in screening Studio Ghibli films navigate the often murky maze.
Quick Lookup Table
|Film||North American Rights Holder||Format||Languages||Notes|
|Nausicaa||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Castle in the Sky||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|My Neighbor Totoro||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Grave of the Fireflies||GKids||DCP||Japanese with English subtitles|
|Kiki's Delivery Service||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Only Yesterday||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles|
|Ocean Waves||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles|
|Porco Rosso||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Pom Poko||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Whisper of the Heart||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Princess Mononoke||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|My Neighbors the Yamadas||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Spirited Away||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|The Cat Returns||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|Howl's Moving Castle||Disney||Multiple||Japanese with English subtitles, English||Available through Swank|
|Tales from Earthsea||Disney||Unknown||Unknown|
|From Up on Poppy Hill||GKids||35mm||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|The Wind Rises||Disney||DCP||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|The Tale of Princess Kaguya||GKids||DCP||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
|When Marnie Was There||GKids||DCP||Japanese with English subtitles, English|
Why is 35mm (Almost) the Only Available Format?
Studio Ghibli has not granted DVD/BD screening rights to GKids. The rights to Howl's Moving Castle are with Disney and non-35mm formats are available through the Swank clearinghouse although we're not sure why Tales from Earthsea and Ponyo aren't available. Update: As of 2105, mass 35mm print production for motion picture releases has shut down with the exception of a few specialized labs. DCP is now the format most exhibitors can expect to receive. 35mm prints will generally continue to be available until they are no longer in show-able condition.
Individual films can be requested after the GKids traveling retrospective winds down at the end of 2012.
Can I Use an Umbrella License?
Maybe. The umbrella license from the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation allows for the use of any legally obtained format but in the US Disney and subsidiaries are not included in the Libraries and Schools category. Terms and conditions differ in other countries, consult the MPLC website for details.
I Can Use a 35mm Print, Who Do I Contact?
Contact GKids for booking details.