Opening our Doors Inclusive Cinema (Belfast)

08/02/2018

Last year we asked our network members to tell us 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.

Lots of us have fears and are aware of the barriers that stand in our way when we try to develop diverse audiences, but we don’t often get the time to consider our options, talk to peers and come up with solutions and ideas to improve what we offer.

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 your confidence in being more inclusive, as well as provide you 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. In this safe space, we’ll explore our fears and dispel the myths holding us back from working with diverse communities.

We’ll be joined by:

  • Priscilla Igwe, MD at The New Black Film Collective

  • Helen Wright, Co-founder and Coordinator at Scottish Queer International Film Festival

  • Lizzie Banks, Producer at Oska Bright Film Festival

along with regional representatives from key organisations working with diverse groups.

You’ll leave with:

  • Greater awareness of the challenges faced by minority audiences

  • Increased confidence to approach and work with minority groups

  • Contacts and connections with regional groups to help with guidance and audience development

  • Practical resources including title lists of films, templates and assets

  • Access to an online forum to continue inclusive cinema discussions

    The event is taking place at The Mac in Belfast, on Friday 9th March - 11.00-17.30.

Full details are available here.