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Opening our Doors: Inclusive Cinema (Belfast)

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The Mac

10 Exchange St West

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Please note: only Film Audience Network members are eligible to attend this event. If you'd like to register to be a member, get in touch.

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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.

If there is enough appetite, we'll begin the day with an optional Dementia Friends information session for those who can arrive for 9:30am.

The main event and workshops will begin at 11:30 with registration at 11am.

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

After the event, join us at Queens Film Theatre for a screening of I, Tonya, a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, made infamous by an ill-conceived, and poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated Margot Robbie as the fiery protagonist, and Golden Globe-winner Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother.

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Priscilla Igwe has spent the last decade in film exhibition within the BAME sector. She is currently the Managing Director of The New Black Film Collective (TNBFC) – a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers of Black representation on screen. She supports and advises the 40+ TNBFC members including We Are Parable, The British Blacklist, 888 Film Club, Screen Nation, Images of Black Women, Rapture Film Club and Women Over Fifty Film Festival - whilst championing intersectionality and equal representation. In 2015, TNBFC became the first BAME female-led organisation to distribute a film in the UK with Dear White People and will look to release their own feature-length documentary - Signed by Shakespeare (featuring BAME D/deaf artists) in 2018. || @TNBFC

Priscilla Igwe, The New Black Film Collective


Helen Wright is co-founder and Coordinator of Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), a community-oriented LGBTQ+ organisation committed to breaking down barriers to accessing the arts. Helen previously worked at Glasgow Film programming for children and young people and is a freelance filmmaker and writer with a focus on queer storytelling and activism. She is additionally a board member of Document Human Rights Film Festival and co-founder of queer community group, Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking. || @ScotsQueerFilm

Helen Wright, Scottish Queer International Festival


Lizzie Banks is the Producer of Oska Bright Film Festival. The Festival was founded in 2004 by a group of learning disabled film makers frustrated at having nowhere to show their work. Now in its 8th edition, it is the largest and most influential festival of its kind in the world. In November the festival screened 100 films to an audience of over 3600 people. These are largely people for whom seeing people like themselves and their experience on screen is a rare and cherished event. The festival aims to show how inclusive and diverse the arts can be when the talent, attitude and commitment of artists collide.

Lizzie Banks, Oska Bright Film Festival


Becky Bruzas is on the Board of Trustees at Carousel and a member of the Oska Bright Film Festival production team. She is a passionate advocate for learning disability film, and co-hosted the 2017 Festival. Becky was accepted onto the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme in 2016. Becky has represented Oska Bright at the Picture…This Film Festival in Calgary, Canada and is an experienced workshop leader, with a particular interest in public speaking training. She leads on debate and presentation for Carousel’s digital media project Curing Perfect, a collaboration with Birmingham University.

Becky Bruzas of Oska Bright Film Festival


Questions or access requirements?

Email Toki Allison, FAN Access Officer: toki@filmhubwales.org

Access info: The Mac has lifts to all levels and their Front of House team is fully trained to provide additional assistance during your visit. To join their access register and find out more about their accessibility offers visit this page: https://themaclive.com/accessibility

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