Accessible cinema a way to learn for British schools

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 09:04am

The world’s largest free cinema festival for young people is being held in the UK this October. In its 17th year, National Schools Film Week will host more events with services for students with hearing and vision loss than ever before. This reflects the cinema industry’s expansion of captioned and audio described sessions worldwide through the conversion to digital cinema.

Derek Brandon, founder of the UK’s Your Local Cinema website said, “'Each year in the UK around 800 children are born with significant hearing loss, and every day another 100 people start to lose their sight. Thanks to the inclusion of hundreds of subtitled and audio described shows, National Schools Film Week 2012 will enable hundreds of children with hearing or sight loss to enjoy the cinema experience with their classmates.”

The annual event encourages students to engage with and explore the possibilities that film presents through creation and viewing, and to be empowered by film. The festival program is linked with the British school curriculum and includes captions and audio description on films shown in nearly every participating city. 

National Schools Film Week is run by the not-for-profit organisation Film Education and runs from 15-26 October in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and 1-9 November in Scotland.

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