February 22, 10:30am

Opening our Doors: Inclusive Cinema (Nottingham)

Broadway, Nottingham

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:

  • Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited
  • Priscilla Igwe, MD at The New Black Film Collective
  • Helen Wright, Co-founder and Coordinator at Scottish Queer International Film Festival
  • Sarah Watson, Chair at Carousel, and 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

After the event, join us for a screening of Oska Bright shorts, and a preview feature provided by Peccadillo Pictures of The Wound, screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the Panorama section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and as the opening film at the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2017.

The course is available to all Film Hub Wales members. Bursaries are available. For more information click here.  

To book your place on the course click here