Opening Our Doors: Inclusive Cinema Workshops

Opening Our Doors: Inclusive Cinema is a new workshop, developed by Toki Allison, the FAN Access Officer, based on the Film Hub Wales Opening Doors workshop that took place in 2016. 

 

Last year FAN asked members to tell them how inclusive they felt their cinemas were and what they’d like to do to increase access to their film programmes. 70% of you felt that more training could help. 

 

The BFI diversity standards encourage exhibitors to offer inclusive cinema programmes - inclusion for those with additional needs, as well as for those who may feel culturally excluded. This workshop addresses some of the fears exhibitors may have and the barriers that may stand in their way when they try to develop diverse audiences. 

 

Opening our Doors: Inclusive Cinema is a day of interactive workshops, lively discussions, and case studies by experts and FAN members for FAN members, that will boost confidence in being more inclusive, as well as provide a network of colleagues to bounce ideas off. Expect to leave with a set of actions to trial over the next few months, and a network of support from peers and experts. 

 

The first workshop took place at the BFI in London on January 30th. Speakers included: 

  • Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited
  • Priscilla Igwe, MD at The New Black Film Collective, with Rachel Jones, CODA, and Adewale Shodeinde, Committee member at 888 Film Club
  • Helen Wright, Co-founder and Coordinator at Scottish Queer International Film Festival, with Muffin Hix, Fringe Festival, and Theresa Heath, Wotever DIY
  • Sarah Watson, Chair at Carousel, and Lizzie Banks, Producer at Oska Bright Film Festival

After the event, attendees were invited to a screening of Oska Bright shorts, and a preview of Sebastián Lelio’s 'A Fantastic Woman', nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at The Golden Globes, and shortlisted for FAN’s New Release Strategy.

The next event is set to take place at Broadway, Nottingham on February 22. To find out more click here

This will be followed by an event at Belfast's The Mac on March 9. Lean about it here.

Bursaries are available for these events. Click here for more info.