BFI FAN: EDI in Focus – Intersectional Audiences

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

This session discusses both the disability justice model and the barriers within film exhibition that affect audiences with intersectional identities of race, disability, sexual orientation, and/or low socio-economic status.

Film Hub Scotland’s EDI Champion, Charlie Little, is joined by guest speakers Kyla Harris and Linnea Petterson to discuss how exhibitors can implement inclusive and accessible best practices for intersectional audiences.

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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.

Linnea Pettersson (she/her) is a freelancer working in cinema and film exhibition. She has spent a decade working in curation, audience development and project management, with a focus on schools and young audiences. She is currently working on projects aimed at improving access for people facing barriers to cinema, as well as developing campaigns and events to support upcoming film releases to reach underserved audiences and communities.

Kyla Harris (any pronoun) is a filmmaker, writer and activist who applies an intersectional approach to all of her work. As a member of the BFI Disability Screen Advisory Group that advises and supports inclusivity in the industry, Kyla advocates for people who share her own identities as a queer, disabled person of colour. With Filmmakers With Disabilities (FWD-Doc) she co-wrote A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility, in association with Doc Society and Netflix, as well as The FWD-Doc Engagement Pack. She is currently filming a television series they co-wrote and is starring in for BBC2.

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