A film hire contract defines an agreement between a cinema and a distributor as to what the applicable distribution terms will be and over what date range.
Contracts can be created for specific cinemas, for cinema groups, or for circuits. Use the buttons: Add cinema, Add cinema group, and Add circuit buttons to add cinemas to the Cinema and screens section. Separate contracts can be formed for the same film and cinema for special cases such as private screenings or sneak previews with different terms of play.
Separate contracts can also be made for different movie formats of a single film (for example: a 2D and a 3D version of the same film) which may incur different film hire costs.
During film hire payment calculation, Vista groups sessions into 7 day weeks, beginning from the selected start date (and time). You can configure a default start time for this control, using the system setting contractstarttimedefault. If business periods have been configured correctly the Year and Period fields will automatically move to dates that match the beginnings of financial periods.
Note: If a large number of Cinemas require a Contract that is mostly the same except for perhaps one or two exceptions, configure a contract for the entire Circuit. A unique record will be then created for each cinema, and the few requiring specific changes can be opened and maintained independently.