Opening our Doors: Inclusive Cinema (Nottingham)

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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.

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.



1030 Registration (Broadway Reception)

1045 Introduction and Keynote - Access + Diversity: The current picture - Jo Verrent, Unlimited

1145 Coffee break

1200 Audience focus session #1 - For Your Eyes Only - The secrets to getting minority Deaf people through your doors - Priscilla Igwe, The New Black Film Collective, plus representatives from 888 Film Club

1315 Lunch

1400 Audience focus session #2 - Are you LGBTQ+ friendly? - Helen Wright, SQIFF

1515 Coffee break

1530 Audience focus session #3 - How to welcome neurodiverse and learning disabled people to your films - Sarah Watson and Lizzie Banks, Oska Bright Film Festival

1645 Break

1715 Oska Bright shorts + feature preview: The Wound - screening ends at 1915 (The Lounge)



Jo Verrent believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent. She works in arts and culture at strategic levels embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action. Jo is the senior producer for Unlimited, the world’s largest commissions programme for disabled artists, supporting artists to create and tour extraordinary art. Unlimited is a programme delivered by Shape and Artsadmin, working with partners Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Southbank Centre, Tramway, Spirit of 2012 and British Council. Jo is on the Northern Advisory Panel for ACE and is a Clore fellow. || @joverrent

Jo Verrent, Unlimited

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

Sarah Watson is a self-taught illustrator who specialises in creating bold portraits. Sarah has been working with Carousel for many years, and is Chairperson of the charity. Sarah is part of the Oska Bright Film Festival committee. She's toured the UK screening film and has spoken about her passion for cinema at festivals across Europe. || @OskaBright

Sarah Watson, Oska Bright Film Festival and Carousel

Questions or access requirements?

Email Toki Allison, FAN Access Officer:

Access info: The building and screens are fully accessible to people using wheelchairs at Broadway. If you need extra help getting comfy, back supports and seat wedges are available from the box office. Guide dogs are welcome. There is limited availability for wheelchair users in The Lounge for the screening, so please reserve ahead of arrival.

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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