1. Introduction

Contact a Family 15th Anniversary event at Chapter, Cardiff. Image © Noel Dacey
Contact a Family 15th Anniversary event at Chapter, Cardiff. Image © Noel Dacey

Introduction

This research was commissioned by Film Hub Wales and Contact a Family Cymru. The aim of the research was to identify the extent to which disabled children and their families were able to attend the cinema in Wales, and to highlight some of the barriers to them attending screenings at independent cinemas venues in Wales.


About Film Hub Wales (FHW)

FHW aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Along with its independent member venues, FHW regularly develops inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema.


FHW is one of nine UK wide ‘hubs’ funded by the British Film Institute (BFI) to form the Film Audience Network (FAN), with Chapter appointed as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) in Wales. We aim to develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support.


In partnership with cinemas, arts centres, community venues, societies, festivals and wider film practitioners, FHW aims to celebrate and support the vibrant cultural film sector here in Wales, working together to expand and increase choice for audiences, regardless of where they live.


About Contact a Family Cymru

Contact a Family is a UK-wide charity, providing support, advice and information for families with disabled children. Established in the 1970s, the charity works to bring families together to support each other, and campaigns to improve the circumstances and for their right to be included and equal in society. Starting in 2012, Contact a Family Cymru have been running a project entitled ‘Disabled Children, Revitalised Families’, part of which has been to run a series of screening events in venues around Wales, specifically for families of children with disabilities. 


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