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Sponsored by the UK film industry and more

We are very thankful that our service continues to be sponsored by the cinema industry, film distributors, the UK Film Council, technology companies, and the major organisations representing people with hearing or visual impairments. Without the support of these sponsors the service would simply not be able to operate. You can read about our sponsors and visit their websites below.


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UK Film Council

The UK Film Council

The UK Film Council is the strategic agency for film in the UK. Their 2003 £350,000 Cinema Access Programme was a pioneering programme to improve facilities for people with hearing and sight impairments. In 2004, over 100 UK cinemas were equipped with subtitle/caption and audio description equipment to enable more people to enjoy the cinema experience. There are now more than 280 'accessible' cinemas. In 2008 the UK Film Council will input another £500,000 in grants, to assist independent cinemas to upgrade equipment and infrastructure so that more disabled people can have access to the cinema-going experience.

The growing number of 'accessible' cinema sites and attendees to subtitled & audio described shows have encouraged distributors to produce more titles with subtitles & description. More titles have encouraged cinemas to utilise their systems better, to schedule subtitled shows at more convenient times, resulting in better attendance. The UK Film Council kickstarted this chain of events.

10 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JG, UK
email: info@ukfilmcouncil.org.uk


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All Industry Marketing
UK cinema industry

All Industry Marketing (AIM) is the generic marketing agency for UK cinema. Acting on behalf of cinema owners and film distributors, AIM is the dynamic focal point for UK generic cinema audience development and is tasked with the development of strategic communications to grow and diversify the audience for cinema. Current projects include Orange Wednesdays and various anti-piracy initiatives.

47 Dean Street
London W1D 5BE
email: info@allindustrymarketing.com


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Film Distributors Association
UK film distribution industry Universal
Paramount MGM Entertainment Sony

Film Distributors' Association
and UK film distributors

FDA is the trade body representing UK theatrical film distributors. Its members include the UK offices of all the multi-national distributors, including Twentieth Century Fox, UIP, Warner Bros., Buena Vista (Disney), Columbia TriStar, Entertainment, Pathé, and several locally-based independent companies. Taken together, FDA members' releases account for over 95% of UK cinema admissions.

In 2001, FDA issued a protocol for the supply of subtitled and audio described materials. Since then, its members have released almost 700 films with subtitles and/or audio description. The range of 'accessible' titles rises week by week.

22 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JW, UK
email: info@fda.uk.net

DISTRIBUTORS: Interested in providing an 'accessible' service? We can create your subtitled internet trailers and accessible mini-websites - for free.


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DTS - Digital Theater Systems, Inc

The DTS Cinema Subtitling System (DTS-CSS) is installed in almost 200 UK cinemas and operates in the same way as the company’s cinema digital sound system, where a CD-ROM containing both the captions – which are projected directly onto the screen – and audio description tracks is synchronised with a standard film print. Available as a standalone system, DTS-CSS can work with a single inventory of prints and the appropriate CSS discs to provide subtitling, captioning and audio description in any required language, or languages, throughout the world.

DTS is a digital technology company dedicated to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience. DTS decoders are in virtually every major brand of 5.1-channel surround processors, and there are more than 200 million DTS-licensed consumer electronics products available worldwide. Additionally, DTS is featured on more than 20,000 cinema screens worldwide. Founded in 1993, DTS is headquartered in Agoura Hills, California and has offices in the UK, Japan and China.

No. 5, Tavistock Estate, Ruscombe Lane, Twyford, Berkshire RG10 9NJ, UK
email: dtsinfo@dtsonline.co.uk


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Dolby Laboratories, Inc

Dolby Laboratories is the developer of sound systems used worldwide in applications that include motion picture sound, consumer entertainment products and media, broadcasting, and music recording.

The Dolby ScreenTalk system is installed in almost 100 UK cinemas and produces cinema subtitles, audio description for movies, and cinema advertising images. Subtitles can be switched on for selected performances of a movie, without modifications to the film print and audio description files can be beamed via an infrared headphone system, without any impact on the rest of the audience.

There are more than 1 billion Dolby-licensed consumer electronics products available worldwide.

Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8QJ, UK


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ITFC - Independent Television
Facilities Centre Ltd.

itfc are Europe’s leading provider of subtitling and audio description to the entertainment industry. Almost 700 cinema releases have been made available with subtitles and audio description. Most have been prepared by itfc. itfc also provides a range of other facilities including video post production, DVD authoring and in vision signing.

28 Concord Road, Acton, London W3 0TH, UK
email: info@itfc.com


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The companies/groups above contribute financially to keep our service running.

The companies/groups below help us to publicise and create maximum nationwide awareness of accessible cinema.


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UK cinema industry

Cinema Exhibitors' Association
and the UK cinema industry

The CEA is the trade body representing well over 90% of UK cinema
exhibitors, ranging from single screen/owner managed sites to the
largest circuit and multiplex operators.

In the late 90's CEA set up the Industry Disability Working Group,
involving major representative bodies, to investigate ways in which to
improve access to cinemas and films for disabled people - particularly
those with sensory impairments.

The CEA has been instrumental in helping with the planning of the UK
Film Councils' pioneering 2003 Cinema Access Programme. More than 280 UK cinemas are now equipped with subtitle and audio description facilitie

22 Golden Square, London W1F 9JW, UK
web: www.cinemauk.org.uk

EXHIBITORS: Got accessible shows to publicise?
Contact us to directly inform thousands of interested parties nationwide of your subtitled or audio described screenings - for free.


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RNID - changing the world
for deaf and hard of hearing people

RNID is the largest charity working to change the world for the UK's 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people. They do this with the help of their members, by campaigning and lobbying, raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss, providing services and through social, medical and technical research.

19-23 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8SL, UK
email: informationline@rnid.org.uk


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NDCS - National Deaf Children's Society

NDCS is an organisation of parents, families and carers which exists to support parents in enabling their deaf or hard of hearing child to maximise their skills and abilities; and works to facilitate this process by every means possible. Its fundamental role is to advocate for parents and carers as and when appropriate, whilst at all times ensuring the child's welfare is paramount.

15 Dufferin Street, London EC1Y 8UR, UK


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RNIB - Royal National Institute of Blind People
"Supporting blind and partially sighted people"

RNIB is the UK's leading organisation offering information, support and advice to over two million people with a sight problem. Its pioneering work with the public and private sector helps anyone with a sight problem - not just with braille, Talking Books and computer training, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges, such as accessing digital television and cinema via audio description. RNIB campaigns with government and industry to ensure that people with a sight problem have equality of access and opportunity.

105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE, UK
email: broadcasting@rnib.org.uk


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Arts Alliance

Arts Alliance

Arts Alliance Digital Cinema (AADC), the pioneer provider of digital cinema services, installs and operates the UK Film Council's Digital Screen Network (DSN). The world’s first large scale digital cinema deployment is a core part of the UK Film Council’s strategy for improving access to specialised film and broadening the range of films available to audiences throughout the UK.

More information about the DSN is available at www.ukdsn.com

9-11 North End Road, London W14 8ST, UK
email: office@artsalliancemedia.com 


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Screentrade Magazine

Screentrade Magazine

Since its launch in February 2002, Screentrade has quickly established itself as the favourite Exhibitor journal in Britain, Europe, and now America. It covers, in-depth, all aspects of Cinema Exhibition and Film Distribution.

In addition to recognising the film industry to be very people-oriented, Screentrade has become renowned for its honest and cutting-edge interviews with senior management and regularly covers technical, managerial, concessions and retail issues - that impact on everyday decision making - in dedicated sections each issue. Access issues are also periodically covered.

Screentrade goes direct to named decision-makers in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada & Russia, making it arguably the most influential exhibitor journal among its territories' movers and shakers.

Screentrade is published four times annually and coincides with the run-up to ShoWest, Cinexpo and CineAsia trade shows.

Screentrade Magazine, PO Box 144,
Orpington, Kent BR6 6LZ, UK


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Cinema Business

Cinema Business is the trade journal for UK film distributors, cinema exhibitors, their suppliers and all who are interested in the business of cinema.

Published 10 times a year, the magazine provides the inside track on the world of UK cinema. Universally praised and read, each issue contains news, profiles, box office data, analysis, technical updates, marketing intelligence, films listings and information about trade suppliers.

Cinema Business readers strongly identify with the magazine for one simple reason: it's their best source of information about what is important in this industry.

Cinema Business Magazine, Quadrant House,
250 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5RD
email subscriptions: subs@landor.co.uk
email editorial: mark.moran@landor.co.uk


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Pocket Films

Pocket Films

Pocket Films publish clear and concise cinema and film guides in a convenient pocket sized format. Their monthly 'Pocket Films Calendar' guide (published in association with the Radio Times) currently reaches almost 700,000 film lovers every month.

The guide is extremely useful to people planning their cinema visits and regularly includes information on subtitled & audio described shows, which helps to raise awareness of the difficulties that sensory impaired people face when pursuing their passion for film.

Pocket Films Ltd. Rosedale House,
Rosedale Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2SZ


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Cobweb Solutions

Cobweb Solutions

Cobweb Solutions provides uninterrupted 24/7 internet & email services.

Cobweb is Europe’s leading provider of Hosted Microsoft Exchange solutions and is one of only four Microsoft Gold Certified Partners in the world - and the only one outside the USA. The company is the power behind our website and is the ‘approved’ supplier of Internet solutions to many well known name companies.

Their capability is internationally recognised and has won many industry awards, including Microsoft EMEA 'Hosting partner of the Year', ISP Awards 'Best Application Service' and the Microsoft 'best small business solution in western Europe' Award.

Cobweb Solutions, South Wing, Delme Place, Cams Hall Estate, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 8UX


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Freeney Williams

Freeney Williams Ltd.

Freeney Williams Limited (formerly Access Matters Limited) is one of the UK's leading disability and diversity consultancies and has been instrumental in the planning of the UK's 'accessible' cinema network. It provides a wide range of services to help organisations meet the obligations of the Disability Discrimination Act as well as associated diversity and equality based legislation.

Services include Training and Development, Access Audits, Website audits & Development, Policy Design & Development, Assistance in meeting the new Public Sector Duty to Promote Disability, Equality.

Freeney Williams Ltd. 37 Buckingham Road,
Brighton BN1 3RP


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IMS - Independent Media Support Ltd.

Founded in 1989, IMS are now the largest independent producer of subtitles in the UK, producing high quality subtitles, audio description, signing and language translation for just about every kind of media: live broadcast, pre-recorded programmes, commercials, the Internet, DVD, video, and cinema.

IMS has offices in London, Newcastle and Wales with post production facilities ideally situated in the heart of the UK's Soho area.

email: reachus@ims-media.com
web: www.ims-media.com.

10 Carlisle Street, London W1D 3BR
email: reachus@ims-media.com


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About this service:

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Subtitled and audio described cinema enables people with less than perfect hearing or vision to enjoy film, presented in its original, and best form - the cinema.

This service - 'Your Local Cinema .com' - is the only listings service created exclusively for accessible cinema. Our service can be found wherever there is internet access - at home, the workplace, school, a library, an internet cafe, or the thousands of wi-fi hotspots and internet kiosks throughout the UK and Ireland.

The service serves as a one stop shop both for the cinema industry and for public audiences interested in accessible screenings UK-wide, which are listed clearly each week. We have a weekly email newsletter, notifying thousands of people of accessible shows in their area and our database of people interested in accessible cinema continues to increase. If you would like to receive our bulletins, or if you run a cinema and would like to have your accessible shows publicised, please email us at subtitles@yourlocalcinema.com.


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Recent accolades:

Radar Disability Network

Radar Disability Access Awards Winner

Daly Mail
Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brits

Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brits Awards Finalist

National Lottery Awards 2006

National Lottery Awards Finalist


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But we have developed into much more than a comprehensive listings service. We now have a UK based 24/7 telephone call centre for general enquiries. Hearing impaired people can contact us by email, text message or fax, and we provide a 'talking website' service for our visually impaired users.

Our service also includes more and more subtitled and audio described versions of official movie trailers, where text or a voice-over helps to explain what’s occurring on screen.


We also produce 'accessible' film websites for film studios and distributors - versions of official movie website that are accessible to visually impaired people (unlike a standard movie website). With a link directly from the official UK website, an accessible website contains all the same content but in a far clearer format, easier for visually impaired people to navigate. More importantly, it works with screen reader software – popular ‘speaking’ software that helps visually impaired people to ‘read’ websites.

An accessible website can also include a subtitled and audio described version of the official trailer, and when the film is on release in cinemas, all subtitled and audio described shows can be clearly listed.

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email: subtitles@yourlocalcinema.com
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