Accessible cinema at LSFF 2021

 

We want to ensure audiences at London Short Film Festival (LSFF) feel comfortable and welcomed, and are committed to making audience experiences, online and off, as easy and enjoyable as possible.

 

If you have any questions regarding access or would like to discuss special requirements, please email LSFF’s Producer Akinna Aquinno at access@shortfilms.org.uk in advance of your attendance.

 

We very much welcome feedback, in person and via email, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with comments or suggestions.

 

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences

 

As we are hosting LSFF 2021 online, we are taking steps to make our online screenings accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences.

 

We will endeavour to provide subtitles and closed captions for the majority of films and pre-recorded Q&As hosted through our Eventive platform, in partnership with transcription and subtitling software Subly.

 

Our industry programme and live Q&As will use live captioning software, and we are very keen to support participants in any of our festival activities with any access requirements they may need. Please email us on access@shortfilms.org.uk with plenty of notice so we can organise.

 

Safe space policy

 

LSFF’s intention is always to create a safe and inclusive environment in which all cinema-goers - regardless of ability, race, gender or background - feel welcomed and respected. 

 

We operate a zero-tolerance policy on disrespectful or derogatory language or behaviour and harassment of all kinds. We request that our audiences are active in looking out for one another, and welcome feedback and thoughts on access@shortfilms.org.uk.

 

 

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 access@shortfilms.org.uk. 

 

Below, we have provided suggestions for softwares and features to optimise accessibility for all users.

 

Text size:

 

If you find that the text is too small for you to read, you can enlarge this to a size that is more comfortable.

 

If you use a wheel-mouse, you may be able to change the text size by holding down the Control or Command key and turning the wheel. 

 

In some browsers, you can change the text size using Control or Command and the + and - keys - though in certain browsers, these functions may ‘zoom’ the entire site rather than just the text.

 

In Firefox and other Mozilla browsers, use the View > Zoom menu.

 

In Windows Internet Explorer, use the View > Text Size menu, or the Tools > Zoom menu option.

 

In Safari, use the View > Make Text Bigger option.

 

In Google Chrome, use the View > Zoom In option.

 

 

Browsers

 

Below, we have provided third party links and resources for specific browsers and specialist accessibility software.

 

Mozilla Firefox - Information provided on how to change browser settings.

 

Internet Explorer - Information provided by Microsoft on how to change browser settings.

 

Google Chrome - Information provided by Google on how to change Chrome browser settings.

 

JAWS Screen Reader - Download a free trial copy of the screen reader Jaws.

 

MAGic screen magnification - Information on screen magnification software.

 

 

Venues

 

All of LSFF 2021’s venues have level access and are wheelchair accessible. 

 

Please find visual guides and comprehensive information on each below, as well as on individual event listings by clicking on the hyperlinked venue. 

 

For any special requirements, please get in touch with Akinna Aquinno in advance at access@shortfilms.org.uk.

 

 

BFI Southbank

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Website | Access | Map | Visual Guide

 

The main BFI Southbank foyer and box office entrance is on Theatre Avenue, by the National Theatre at street level. There are stairs and a wheelchair accessible lift to gain access to the main foyer. Visitors using the Hayward Gallery car park may find it easier to use the lower foyer entrance facing the Royal Festival Hall. There are lifts from this area to the main foyer and NFT1.

 

There is a help point phone in the foyer to call for staff, if required.

 

Tickets can be purchased from the box office located in the main foyer.

 

There is a wheelchair accessible lift and steps with handrails lead up to the NFT1 foyer and The Riverfront. Access to NFT2 from the box office is via lift or stairs. Access into NFT3 is via the main foyer Box Office area there are stairs and a lift to the rear of the auditorium; wheelchair users should ask at the Box Office counter for assistance, as the route though flat is not marked as a standard entryway.

 

The Studio, Library and Mediatheque are all accessed via the main foyer and Box Office area. Both café bar areas are fully accessible.

 

 

Catford Mews

32 Winslade Way, Catford, London SE6 4JU

Website | Map | Access

 

Catford Mews is fully wheelchair-accessible, and all of their screens have at least one permanent wheelchair space. If you require a wheelchair space, please let us know in advance and we’ll reserve it for you. Wheelchair spaces are located in the front row of each screen. Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. There are also two accessible toilets in the building.

 

 

Curzon Soho

99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY

Website | Map

 

Curzon Soho is fully accessible, with lift access to all floors. There are limited numbers of removable seats for wheelchair users. Customers who require this facility can get in touch with access@shortfilms.org.uk or the Curzon directly in advance.

 

 

Rio Dalston

107 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB

Website | Access | Map | Visual Guide

 

Although Rio Cinema is an old building, which presents access challenges, it is fully accessible to disabled patrons, as well as wheelchair users.

 

The entrance, café, foyer and auditorium are all on street level, with step-free access. The entrance doors are power-assisted and the ground floor toilet has wheelchair access - it is located next to the auditorium.

 

There are three wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium. Five additional spaces are available if you book at least 24 hours in advance. The entrance to the auditorium is wide and all our wheelchair spaces are easily accessible. The two widest emergency exits from the auditorium are located at the back of the auditorium, on the left and right sides.