Access for all at the Into Film Festival

26 Sep 2017

3 mins
Rosamund Pike opens the 2016 Into Film Festival
Rosamund Pike opens the 2016 Into Film Festival

For young people with SEND, a visit to the cinema can be a challenging experience. The Into Film Festival is fast approaching (November 8 - 24) and a key aim of ours is to ensure that all young people - whatever their requirements - can comfortably enjoy the magic of the big screen in the company of their peers.

Over half of this year's Into Film Festival screenings and events are offered as audio-described, subtitled or autism-friendly, and we're delighted to have an accessible programme devised with support from the UK Cinema Association's disability working group, including and the National Autistic Society.

The 250 dedicated autism-friendly screenings at this year's Festival include popular titles such as MoanaBallerinaBeauty and The Beast (1991)The LEGO® Batman Movie The LEGO® NINJAGO® MovieCaptain UnderpantsAladdinDespicable Me 3Cars 3SingRock DogSmurfs: The Lost VillageThe Boss Baby and Zootropolis. These screenings will feature brighter lights and lower than normal volume, while groups will be allowed to bring their own food and drinks in and move freely around the auditorium throughout, helping pupils on the autism spectrum to enjoy a relaxing and enriching cinematic experience.

It was really useful to go during school time. It gave my pupils (severe & complex learning) the opportunity to develop a range of social skills and experience the cinema without stress. An Autism-Friendly viewing meant we didn't need to keep them quiet or still.

Teacher who attended the Into Film Festival in 2016

Wheelchair capacity is also a priority with 7,970 wheelchair places at venues throughout the UK. You can use the advanced filters on the Into Film Festival website to help you to locate the events most suited to the needs of the young people in your care. You can also download our dedicated Into Film Festival SEN/ASN resource, with practical advice on planning and preparing for a visit, alongside recommended activities to support a range of levels and learning styles so that young people and their teachers gain the most from their Into Film Festival experience, both on the day and once back in the classroom.

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