Case Studies

Independent cinemas, film clubs and societies, and multi-arts venues have produced some of the most exciting cinema events, engaging with audiences across the broadest spectrum of the UK public. From R&D projects, piloting screenings for children with multi-sensory needs, to symposiums on LGBTQ+ film, to festivals raising awareness about living well with dementia, to film clubs led by BAME d/Deaf audiences, much of the Film Audience Network’s membership – large and small – have been bringing valuable film experiences and a slice of normal life to all people, whatever their protected characteristics.

Here, we share some best practice case studies, in an aim to engage more cinemas to take up inclusive cinema projects, collaborating with partners and specialist organisations to build a cine-literate and appreciative film culture.

If you’d like to submit your own case study, please download this Inclusive screening case study template and submit it to toki[at]filmhubwales.org, so we can share your experiences, too.

Take One Action: Inclusive Screenings
Take One Action have worked directly with asylum seekers and refugees to programme core parts of their festival, read more about it below.
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Deaf Conversations about Cinema
A monthly Deaf Conversations About Cinema event for Deaf / hard of hearing (HOH) and hearing costumers to talk about a film with an invited guest and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.
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Mental Fight Club at The Dragon Café
Films included in a mixed-arts programme that create discussion in a safe space.
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Relaxed Screenings- Dundee Contemporary Arts
Relaxed screenings for families with children in Dundee.
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Cinema for us (all of us) – Wicked Cinema
Screenings by and for learning disabled young people at Rhyl Little Theatre.
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New Notions Cinema
A pop-up cinema for documentaries in Belfast.
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Accessible film club development, Gulbenkian
A pilot working towards a regular accessible film screening within the main programme.
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Scottish Queer International Film Festival
An annual festival by and for LGBTQ+ communities, supporting those with access needs.
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The Time is Now
A season of film exploring and celebrating the role women play in affecting change.
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Glasgow Film Theatre’s Access Film Club
Monthly autism friendly film events in a safe and welcoming environment.
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Oska Bright Film Festival
Showcasing the very best of learning disability cinema.
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Psychosis on Screen
A season of three contemporary films depicting various experiences of psychosis.
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Projects at Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in Bo’ness
All ages can participate in this festival of silent film with live music.
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WOFFF17 (Women Over 50 Film Festival)
A short film festival celebrating older women in front of and behind the camera.
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Black Moon Film Club
A night for and by adults with learning disabilities.
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An Unashamed Claim to Visibility
Films about queerness + dis/ability curated by Wotever DIY
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Bringing Film to the Westerly Edge
Developing inclusive cinema serving rural/isolated audiences on the Isle of Tiree.
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