Article: BFI FAN: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Focus – Advocacy 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, to explore how exhibitors can advocate for standardised, accessible screenings and provisions, hosted by Access Consultant Charlie Little.

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 default of access within your own film screenings.

The 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 toward descriptive subtitles

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.


Live captions will be available throughout the webinar, but if you have access requirements, please get in touch via


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

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