Tender - Autism Friendly Screenings DVD/AV resource

UK Cinema Association (UKCA) / Dimensions

Salary: £8,000

The UK Cinema Association (UKCA) and Dimensions are seeking tenders for the production of a DVD/AV resource to be used to train cinema staff in autism friendly cinema screenings.


The UK Cinema Association (UKCA) is the national trade body for cinemas representing the interests of well over 90 per cent of UK cinema operators. Our membership includes single screen/owner managed sites as well as the largest circuit and multiplex operator companies.

Dimensions is a national not for profit organisation that supports people with learning disabilities and autism. This means our resources and profits go back into providing high quality support services.

Autism friendly screenings (AFS) are designed to create a relaxed, inclusive and sensory friendly environment for people with autism, learning disabilities or cognitive disorders.

The UKCA and Dimensions invites students and graduates to pitch ideas on how they would present and direct a short film on best practice for cinema staff putting on AFS. The piece would form a key part of training and induction for cinema staff across the country. The available budget will depend in part on the ideas and interest from students, but will not exceed £8,000. The UKCA is also approaching commercial production companies for pitches/ideas.

The film has a clear purpose: to provide information on autism and how best to deliver AFS/sensory friendly screenings in cinemas.

The training resource will be available to all cinemas and venues who offer autism friendly screenings.

The term DVD is used in the note for ease but in reality the film can be produced on a range of differing media e.g. DVD, USB stick, DCP, shared FTP file.


The aim of the training is to build cinema staff’s confidence, understanding and ability to deliver AFS screenings in their cinema, with a broader understanding of the types of issues/concerns a customer with autism faces.


At the end of the DVD, participants should:

  • Have a greater awareness of autism and related sensory conditions;
  • Be aware of the many ways/methods of adapting the physical space of the auditoriums and other cinema spaces (entrance, foyer etc) to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for people with autism;
  • Be able to curate and showcase a suitable programme of film content which caters to a sensory sensitive audience;
  • Be able to practically deliver an Autism friendly screening, from promotion, film booking, scheduling, cinema adaptations to welcoming an audience to the cinema;
  • Be confident to engage with and support customers who are autistic or need additional support when visiting the cinema and generally having a broader understanding of customer’s access requirements.

Who are we targeting?

The DVD will target staff at all levels in cinema sites across the UK. A significant number of those will be young, with not a great deal of experience or confidence in this area.

Click here to download the full brief and details of how to submit.

The closing date for this position is 22/06/2018 at 23:59

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