Accessibilty at the London Short Film Festival

LSFF is committed to providing the best experience for all of our audiences.

Thanks to BFI support, LSFF 2017 are putting in place access improvements across LSFF venues including:

Check individual venue website for further information and reservations.

If you have questions about access at LSFF, you can speak to any member of LSFF staff or email Elaine Wong, LSFF's Access Manager:

LSFF Autism Friendly Screening 

New shorts: Pick'n'mix

LSFF is aware that going to a general performance of a film can be a challenge for audiences on the autism spectrum or with sensory or learning disabilities. To promote greater social inclusion, we're excited to host an adapted screening of a selection from our New Shorts programmes.

On the success of 2016's Autism Friendly screening, we’re pleased to present "Pick'n'Mix", a selection of new shorts from across the festival presented in partnership with Oska Bright Film Festival. The screening is at Hackney Picturehouse on Monday 9th January at 4pm. 

Autism Friendly Screening at LSFF 2017 in partnership with Oska Bright Film Festival on Monday 9th January.

The lights will be kept on at a low level, with reduced sound levels and an allowance for increased levels of movement and noise. This screening is suitable for all audiences.

Book tickets to our Autism Friendly screening [New Shorts: Pick'n'mix] here: 


“What Matters Deafness Of The Ear, When The Mind Hears?” A Cinematic Journey Through Silent Film + panel discussion (BSL Interpreted)

LSFF is pleased to present a British Sign Language Interpreted Screening. This programme is designed to be accessible to people with hearing impairments as well as hearing audiences, creating a shared and uniquely immersive experience of silent films screening here without accompanying soundtrack. 

Programmed by Laura Perrachon, LSFF’s Young Programmer in residence, and made possible thanks to support from the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Following the screening, a panel of experts including Bryony Dixon (BFI) and Pamela Hutchinson (Silent London) will dissect the parallels between cinema in the modern and silent era. The panel will be supported by British Sign Language interpreters.

This BSL interpreted screening at LSFF 2017 is at the ICA on Monday 9th January at 6:30pm.

Book tickets to our BSL interpreted screening here:

Venue Access

Please contact the venues for any specific enquiry regarding access. The information assembled below is gathered from the information published on their respective websites, it is included here for convenience.


The ICA has one wheelchair available for use by visitors. Cinema 1, Cinema 2 and the Theatre are all accessible via platform, ramp, and lifts (max. weight on lifts 200kg). There is space for two wheelchairs in both cinemas and the Theatre can accommodate up to six wheelchair users. There is no direct access to the Upper Gallery or the cafe/bar for wheelchair users. All walking areas within the building are kept clear at all times. Seats at the ends of rows, in both cinemas allow for additional legroom. Guide dogs are welcome. The Box Office and Cinemas are equipped with an induction loop system for visitors using hearing aids.

Access details on the ICA website.

Moth Club

Moth Club has step-free access via an alternative entrance. Please contact Elaine Wong, LSFF's Access Manager: to discuss Access needs. Wheelchair spaces can be reserved in advance for all LSFF events held at Moth Club.

Hackney Picturehouse

All screens have multiple wheelchair spaces. Seats can also be removed to create extra wheelchair spaces. These are usually in the front row, except in Screen 2, where we can create extra spaces at the back. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome at Hackney Picturehouse. If you wish to take a dog into a performance, please let us know when booking so we can arrange an aisle seat. Alternatively your dog can be cared for by a member of staff for the duration of the performance. For those with hearing difficulties there are infrared facilities in all four screens. To use the infrared system, please ask for a headset at the Box Office. The headset plays the film soundtrack, but more loudly. We offer a range of facilities for those with visual impairments, which include contrasting floor textures and stair nosings. Steps in the auditoria are illuminated. There is voice indication in the lifts, and we can produce menus and brochures in large print on request. Customers who have a disability that means that they need a companion with them in the cinema can bring them to any Picturehouse Cinema for free.

Access details on the Hackney Picturehouse website

Picturehouse Central

For customers with limited mobility:All areas of the building are accessible to wheelchair users. There is a lift on the ground floor that takes you to the first floor. From the first floor there is another lift to take you to the second, third and fourth floors for access to the screens and Members’ Bar. All screens are accessible by wheelchair and have wheelchair spaces. We will be pleased to reserve wheelchair spaces or seats in any particular part of the auditorium if this is helpful. Please contact us in advance.There are wheelchair-accessible adapted toilets on each floor. There is an alarm cord inside should you need to summon a member of staff.

For customers with visual impairments:Guide dogs are welcome. If you wish to take your dog into a performance, please let us know when booking so that we can arrange an aisle seat. Our staff will be happy to provide drinking water for your dog. Certain performances carry subtitles, and these are clearly indicated in the programme.

Access details on the Picturehouse Central website

Online Accessibility

This website has been developed with accessibility in mind, and we strive to conform as closely as possible with industry standard best practice in accessible and open web technologies.

If you have any feedback or suggestions about improving the accessibility of the LSFF website, please email


London Short Film Festival are proud to have been awarded the BFI's Screen Diversity mark of good practice. LSFF are committed to representing diversity on-screen and throughout the festival. 

Please keep an eye out for LSFF volunteers with feedback forms that you can tell us what you think! You can also email with any questions, comments or additional feedback.