FAN Inclusive Cinema Strategy

Image: WOW Women's Film Club © Michal Iwanowski
Image: WOW Women's Film Club © Michal Iwanowski



Film Audience Network Strategy towards Access for All


Diversity and inclusion underpins every project undertaken by the ground-breaking work of the Film Audience Network (FAN). We aim to bring British international and independent film to audiences, regardless of any barriers they may face, placing access at the heart of our strategy. We work to increase the range and diversity of audiences engaging with film, promoting active participation and opportunities for all.

In partnership with our creative network of exhibitors across Wales, we celebrate meaningful representations of diversity on screen and we prioritise ongoing skills development through the development of further learning opportunities, working where possible to ensure fair representation behind the camera.

We support young audiences (16-30) to encourage the growth of a long-lasting and inclusive cinema culture and celebrate our heritage on screen, with a focus on regional and national collections. The Film Audience Network embraces the BFI Diversity Standards throughout our work.


Film Hub Wales lead BFI FAN on Diversity and Inclusion. We are excited to launch to our collective strategy designed to support audiences with additional needs.



  1. The support of successful accessible screenings models UK wide, encouraging sustainable long-term delivery,
  2. Shared learning via a UK wide online resource, which offers multiple toolkits and reduces duplication,
  3. The provision of training with expert partners, leading access champions and stakeholders,
  4. Continual analysis and development of models and programmes, learning as we deliver,
  5. Highlighting and leveraging further funding for accessible screenings,
  6. Awareness raising and further education for audiences, stakeholders and wider partners,
  7. Advocating for and supporting the implantation of raised standards, such as the delivery of accessible formats, and environments that are welcoming and inclusive,
  8. To develop further research and gather audience feedback where there are noticeable gaps across the sector.



  • An online resource which will act as a benchmark and go-to place for future activity, 
  • Toolkits and how-to guides to support film screenings, covering practicalities through to marketing ideas, and how to get the BFI Diversity Mark of Good Practice,
  • Workshop and activity guides,
  • Funding guidance for more ambitious projects,
  • Partner contacts to provide expertise and support,
  • Evidence to share with colleagues and funders,
  • Training to build confidence when working with diverse groups,
  • Networking opportunities to meet with peers who are running inclusive screenings,
  • Awareness-raising programmes to build the visibility of inclusive cinema and to represent diversity on screen,
  • Support to providers exploring new screening programmes.


Read the FAN Inclusive Cinema Strategy



Film Hub Wales are proud to lead the Inclusive Cinema Strategy on behalf of the FAN here in Wales, as well as hosting FAN Access Officer, Toki Allison at Chapter. 

Since 2013, Film Hub Wales has designed or worked with specialist partners to support 138 audience development projects, with the aim to increase access to film for all audiences, regardless of the barriers they face. You can read more about our inclusive cinema projects in Wales, in our Access for All booklet below or find out about our Dementia Screenings support in 2017 here




World Alzheimer's Month (WAM) Dementia Friendly Screenings PR Campaign

  • We led a PR campaign during WAM to bring awareness of the dementia friendly screenings that took place across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales... read more.


 Dementia Friendly Screenings Guide                                                                                 

  • We helped launch the Dementia Friendly Screenings: A guide for cinemas - now available... read more.   

Opening Our Doors: Inclusive Cinema Workshop

  • Leading on from our Opening Doors Workshop in 2016, we helped develop a national workshop that helps exhibitors understand and improve access to their film more

  • We launched The accessible website combines an array of ideas designed to support audiences who might not otherwise feel represented by the big screen, in the industry, or even in their local audience. It enables screen exhibitors, from cinemas, to film festivals and community halls, to create welcoming spaces, skilled staff and diverse film communities.




For further information on the FAN Inclusive Cinema Strategy,

or to send your case studies from across the UK, 

please contact FAN Access Officer