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The Other Film Festival returns for 2012

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The biennial Other Film Festival has announced its return in 2012, showing films that are not only accessible, but tell stories of people with disabilities from around the world.

Embracing its new venue, the five-day film festival will include question and answer sessions with guest directors, forums, presentations and workshops offering professional development for film practitioners with a disability.


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Open audio described movie in Melbourne

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Water for Elephants, the 2011 blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, will screen with open audio description at Reading Cinemas Dandenong Plaza in late July.

Organised at a local level by cinema management and Carol Unger of the Dandenong Low Vision Group, the PG-rated Water for Elephants is the second open audio described movie to play at the cinema after a successful screening of Red Dog a few months back. Being open audio described, all patrons within the auditorium will hear the original and audio description soundtracks.


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Accessible movie goers asked for feedback

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In a bid to gain feedback from movie goers, Media Access Australia has today launched an online questionnaire which will provide industry with information on technical issues that everyday cinema patrons encounter with closed captioning and audio description devices used in accessible cinemas in Australia. 

The questionnaire can be filled out multiple times by people who attend these cinemas and experience technical problems with the equipment, which provides access to movies for Deaf, hearing impaired, blind and vision impaired patrons.


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