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BFI FAN Webinar: Advocacy Skills for Accessible Screenings

BFI FAN: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Focus is a new series of webinars for UK film exhibitors.

Join us on for our first edition, Advocacy Skills for Accessible Screenings, exploring how exhibitors can advocate for standardised, accessible screenings and provisions, hosted by Access Consultant Charlie Little (she/they).

Using examples of exhibitors across the UK who host descriptive subtitled screenings, Charlie will discuss the different approaches, tools, and language you can use to create a standard of high-quality and reliable accessible practices within your own film screenings.

This session will cover topics including:

  • the value of reliable, high-quality descriptive subtitled screenings;
  • the current cinema provision of descriptive subtitles;
  • audience statistics and audience development;
  • the present industry and mainstream attitudes towards descriptive subtitles

This is a nationwide event, open to all members of the BFI Film Audience Network’s regional and national Film Hubs.

Captions by a live captioner will be available throughout the webinar. If you have any access requirements, please get in touch at:

Register here

About the host

Charlie Little (she/they) is Matchbox Cine’s in-house Access Consultant, working with a wide range of exhibitors and organisations across the UK on access and inclusion for Deaf and disabled audiences. Charlie brings their lived experience of disability to their work, focusing on holistic practices within the film exhibition sector.

Image credit: Scottish Queer International Film Festival, 2019

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