At least 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by deafness. This number incorporates a wide range of experiences and forms of communication, but no matter the specific need, the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing deserve to be able to enjoy the cinema. We created this guide to help you understand the challenges Deaf people experience in the cinema and what your cinema or film festival can do to make the experience pleasurable, welcoming and well-presented.
Research supported by BFI Film Audience Network
Quick read on Deaf audiences
What are the essential things your cinema or film festival needs if they're going to commit to improving things for Deaf audiences?
Guide to British Sign Language for Cinemas
What are the key signs your cinema staff should know to be welcoming for Deaf audience members?
Visible Cinema Hand Guide
A practical case study on how one independent cinema transformed the experience for Deaf attendees