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Australian cinema chains up for human rights award

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The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the nominees for the 25th Human Rights Awards, including Hoyts, Village, Event/Greater Union/Birch Carroll & Coyle and Reading cinemas in the Business Award category for their contribution to access.

The awards honour the contributions each nominee has made to the protection and promotion of human rights. The Business Award recognises a business that, through its activities, has made a commitment to the promotion and advancement of human rights and/or human rights principles in the Australian community.

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Captioning Award winners announced

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Last night the Deafness Forum of Australia celebrated the achievements of the media and entertainment industry in providing access to the one in six Australians who are Deaf or hearing impaired. Hosted by Rodney Adams, an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, the evening was a celebration of the impact of captions on literacy, human rights and social inclusion.

The winners in each category were:


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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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Access to cinema promoted in UK and USA

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Organisations in the UK and the USA have recently produced advertising campaigns to promote movies with audio description and captions to the general public.

In the United Kingdom, the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) has jointly produced a captioned and audio described advertisement to raise awareness of accessible movies to the general public.

The advertisement has been produced using the 2011 movie Top Cat and follows on from two previously successful accessible cinema trailers. A fourth, of Puss in Boots, is expected to be produced for later in 2012. You can view the new trailer on the CEA’s website.


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