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I would like to organize an event at which short excepts from various movies and TV shows are shown on multiple screens for ambiance. Do I need a licence?

It depends on whether the excerpts you plan to show are “substantial parts” of the larger works. You should not presume that even short excerpts of a long movie are not “substantial” – this is a question of fact that needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may require expert advice.