by the UK film industry and more
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.
UK Film Council
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.
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.
Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JG, UK
(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.
London W1D 5BE
and UK film distributors
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.
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.
Golden Square, London, W1F 9JW, UK
Interested in providing an 'accessible' service? We can create your
subtitled internet trailers and accessible mini-websites - for free.
- Digital Theater Systems, Inc
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
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.
5, Tavistock Estate, Ruscombe Lane, Twyford, Berkshire RG10 9NJ, UK
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.
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
are more than 1 billion Dolby-licensed consumer electronics products
Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8QJ, UK
- Independent Television
Facilities Centre Ltd.
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.
Concord Road, Acton, London W3 0TH, UK
companies/groups above contribute financially to keep
our service running.
companies/groups below help us to publicise and create
maximum nationwide awareness of accessible cinema.
and the UK cinema industry
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.
the late 90's CEA set up the Industry Disability Working Group,
involving major representative bodies, to investigate ways in which
improve access to cinemas and films for disabled people - particularly
those with sensory impairments.
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 facilities.
Golden Square, London W1F 9JW, UK
Got accessible shows to publicise?
Contact us to directly inform thousands of interested parties nationwide
of your subtitled or audio described screenings - for free.
- changing the world
for deaf and hard of hearing people
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
Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8SL, UK
- National Deaf Children's Society
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.
Dufferin Street, London EC1Y 8UR, UK
- Royal National Institute of Blind People
"Supporting blind and partially sighted people"
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.
Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE, UK
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.
information about the DSN is available at www.ukdsn.com
North End Road, London W14 8ST, UK
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.
Magazine, PO Box 144,
Orpington, Kent BR6 6LZ, UK
Business is the trade journal for UK film distributors, cinema exhibitors,
their suppliers and all who are interested in the business of cinema.
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.
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.
Business Magazine, Quadrant House,
250 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5RD
email subscriptions: email@example.com
email editorial: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Films Ltd. Rosedale House,
Rosedale Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2SZ
Solutions provides uninterrupted 24/7 internet & email
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.
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.
Solutions, South Wing, Delme Place, Cams Hall Estate, Fareham, Hampshire
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
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.
include Training and Development, Access Audits, Website audits &
Development, Policy Design & Development, Assistance in meeting
the new Public Sector Duty to Promote Disability, Equality.
Williams Ltd. 37 Buckingham Road,
Brighton BN1 3RP
- Independent Media Support Ltd.
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
has offices in London, Newcastle and Wales with post production facilities
ideally situated in the heart of the UK's Soho area.
Carlisle Street, London W1D 3BR
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and audio described cinema enables people with less than perfect hearing
or vision to enjoy film, presented in its original, and best form -
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.
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