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Open captions for movies – the real story

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Accessible cinema, which offers movies with captions for the Deaf and hearing impaired and audio description for the blind and vision impaired, is a much-debated topic worldwide as cinemas move from analogue to digital systems. The one constant in the debates is the issue of open captions.

The move to digital cinema is a major change to the industry across the world.  The delivery methods for movies are changing frequently and cinemas and film distributors are still coming to terms with accessing movie files in different formats. This all means that it is a very fluid situation and this is having a direct impact on access issues including the options available to show captions in an open format.


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Access All Areas Film Festival 2012

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The annual Access All Areas Film Festival, showcasing Australian short and feature films with accessible features, has announced its program for 2012. It includes a number of independent productions and the biggest Australian movie of the year, The Sapphires.

Ten new family-friendly short films have also made the cut, including award winners The Maker (Best Animation at Sydney Film Festival 2012) andThe Missing Key (Best Short Animated Film, Inside Film Awards). Another program favourite will be the Dr Seuss-style What a Debacle, Freddy Farkle narrated by Barry Humphries.


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Village Jam Factory announces switch-off date for open captioned movies

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South Yarra cinema Village Jam Factory has announced that its last open captioned session will be on Monday 14 November.

The Village Cinemas chain is part of the Cinema Access Implementation Plan, which includes the instalment of closed captioning devices such as CaptiView, as well as audio description equipment, in major cinema chains nationally.


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