Screening Days

ID Screening Days 2022
(Inclusion & Diversity)

07/09/2022 - 09/09/2022

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Join us for ID Screening Days 2022 – a hybrid event for cinemas and exhibitors of all kinds looking to strengthen their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Taking place online on Wednesday 7 September and in-person at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal on Friday 9 September, ID Screening Days brings preview screenings and curated sessions that make a lasting difference to who is included in the audience and workforce of UK film. All films and sessions are available online and in person.

See the schedule

We want all cinemas to think about what diversity and inclusion mean in their community. We’re hosting this event in stunning Kendal this year to ensure we reflect with both rural and urban exhibitors about what structural changes are needed to be truly inclusive.

We are keen to look at all types of diversity and inclusion, but some areas we’ve identified where change is most needed in film exhibition are lack of representation in (and intersections of) race and ethnicity, LGBT+, sex and gender, and class.

We hope our event is a great space to have honest conversations, make new connections and build momentum for real change.

Scroll down to read about the films and sessions. Got any questions? See our FAQ or drop us a line at


Registration for this event is now closed. Email with any questions.

“Delivered in an honest, frank and relevant way. I made some great new connections and reconnected with old ones. Thank you for bringing this great programme together”

ID Screening Days 2021 attendee


Successful co-creation

‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ was the rallying cry of the Disability Rights Movement. But this powerful approach is effective in all contexts where diversity is lacking. If diversity is not represented within our organisations, we need to discover ways of creating with new partners. But how can this be done equitably, thoughtfully and safely, so both sides are set up for long-term success? From setting up advisory boards to open calls to co-creation committees, we’ll discuss the best ways to integrate co-creation into your work.

Tokenism or inclusion: Authentically building Southwest Asian and North African audiences

Are we truly including people in our audiences or superficially engaging at convenient moments? The South West Asian and North African (SWANA) audience has faced both stereotyping onscreen and marginalisation as audience members in the UK. What ties this region together is geographical location, linguistics, cultural and religious similarities, and colonial history. In this session, we’ll  provide case studies of authentic inclusion with SWANA audiences, which will help understand the complexities and commonalities of this group, to guide you towards long-term community-led or venue-led inclusion of these audiences.

Disabled access: What can you do today and tomorrow?

Improving access for D/deaf and disabled people in your venue or for your events can feel overwhelming. There are so many places to start, and this work is often taken forward by individuals without the support of a broader strategy. Led by Oska Bright Film Festival, this session is designed to create an honest and open space to talk about shared challenges with other industry members about how to welcome learning disabled audiences, with a partner who can help you find approaches that work for the resources you have right now. Our aim is for this session to lead to an ongoing platform for cinemas to help increase knowledge, confidence and solidarity, as well as sharing practical approaches that work. Everyone is welcome, whatever your current provision and awareness is of disabled access.

Trans+ on and off screen(s)

Many film festivals and cinema have started to integrate ‘trans-related’ content to their programme, whether these are shorts, feature followed by Q&As or films with trans protagonists. The real question remains: how can we make cinemas more accessible for trans people as audience members and invited guests? Mia Georgis and Alice Blanc will present Trans+ on Screen, a directory for trans professionals in film and TV for actors and writers as well as programmers, curators, and people in the distribution industry. Using Trans+ on Screen as a tool, the session will look at marketing to and reaching a trans audience, as well as creating networks for trans people. It’ll also cover case studies from Mia’s curation to show the unique difference trans content created by trans people can make for your cinema.

Black joy is real: Why it’s time for cinemas to steer away from trauma

There are more films featuring Black creative talent than ever before, but what the industry fails to realise is that this, on its own, does not equal representation. This should be measured based on a diversity of lived experiences, not just faces. The critical and commercial success of Black trauma-led films has had an inadvertent effect; perpetuating a belief that these are the only stories from this community that can thrive on the big screen. As a result, festival programmers see including films with a focus on Black joy as a ‘risk’, which in turn leads to fewer of these films being funded and ultimately the real life implication of making audiences question if Black joy is even real. In this session, our panel will unpack: the industry’s inherent bias towards Black trauma-led stories, how independent cinemas can create a safe space for Black audiences to feel joyful and how to build an ecosystem where these films can thrive economically.

Right of way: Developing rural audiences

ICO’s new Right of Way programme considers the history of our rural spaces and who has access to them now. In this audience development session following a screening of the artists’ films, we’ll have space to look at the specific preferences of rural audiences and discuss the most successful modes of outreach for innovative programming. We’ll hear from Right of Way project manager Jemma Buckley and Alchemy Film & Arts on their long-term process to get audiences in the Scottish Borders to ‘embrace the strange’.

Who defines culture and why does it matter?

Cinemas and festivals often focus on audience development work that encourages people to engage in ‘film culture’ as defined by curators and artists. But what if our challenges in engagement stem from ignoring what audiences themselves understand as ‘culturally important’? In this presentation, University of Manchester Professor Andrew Miles – whose work focuses on the meanings and value of ‘everyday’ culture – will look at why narrow interpretations of which types of culture are ‘good’ for us could be excluding major parts of your audience.

Am I eligible?

We want to welcome as many people as possible to our events while still protecting the work of filmmakers and distributors. Screening Days is for anyone who works or volunteers in a space that shows films and makes a direct contribution to selecting films or attracting audiences for them, including front of house staff and young film programmers (aged over 18). If you’re in any doubt about your eligibility, just email us.

Support to join ID Screening Days

We want to be inclusive across all the Screening Days events, but we know that people who can make a contribution to the event may not be able to meet the costs of attending. If covering these costs yourself will prevent you from attending or make it hard for you to prioritise doing so, please get in touch. You don’t need to fill in a lot of paperwork, just complete a short expense form with your bank details and provide us with relevant receipts. We will be able to repay you within 24 hours.

Please note that we have only limited funds and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

We can provide financial support to pay for:

  • Event pass costs up to £35
  • Travel/accommodation costs up to £250
  • Digital attendance costs (e.g. mobile data package, WiFi upgrade) up to £35

In addition, your regional Film Hub may be able to help in the form of bursaries for members (see links below). If your organisation is not yet a Hub member, it is usually easy to register quickly and it’s free.

COVID-19 Safety

It is now optional to wear a face covering at Brewery Arts. All high traffic and regularly touched contact areas are cleaned throughout the day and evening and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout the venue. The cinemas, theatre, bar and restaurant are all well ventilated with air handling / extraction units that ensure regular air changes.

We will provide updated advice on COVID-19 safety closer to the event. If you have any queries in the meantime, email: or see more information on the Brewery Arts website.


Is this a hybrid event?

Yes. The first day (Weds 7 September) will be delivered entirely online. The second day (Friday 9 September) will be delivered in-person at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, with sessions livestreamed to delegates watching from home.

All films from the programme are available online as well as in-person. Films will be available to watch online from Weds 7 to Sun 11 September.

See the schedule

How do I join online / register in-person?

We’ll circulate all details of how to access films and sessions on Eventive and/or Zoom to delegates joining online ahead of time. If you’re coming to Brewery Arts Centre on Friday 9 September, we’ll give you a badge (at our registration desk) which is your entry pass into all screenings and sessions.

What's the schedule?

How do I get to Brewery Arts Centre?

Brewery Arts Centre is in Kendal, Cumbria. It’s located on Highgate in the town centre, about 16 mins walk from Kendal railway station (map). Kendal is well served by rail and is accessible in approx 3hrs from Glasgow and London and 1hr 15mins from Manchester.

See Brewery Arts Centre’s website for detailed travel advice.

Can I get food and drinks on-site?

All food and drinks will be provided free at Brewery Arts on Friday 9 September, including the evening drinks. You can buy any additional refreshments you need from Brewery Arts’s bar or nearby shops and restaurants.

How accessible is the event?

We aim to provide caption subtitles on all films available online and as many as possible played at Brewery Arts. We will provide specific details before the event.

Online sessions and livestreams will have live captioning and will be recorded.

All of the spaces we will use at Brewery Arts are wheelchair accessible. For more details of venue accessibility at Brewery Arts, see their website.

If you have any other queries about accessibility not answered here, email us at

How do you curate ID Screening Days?

We curate the majority of the programme, but also hold a paid open call for guest curators for sessions and film programmes for all our specialised Screening Days events (archive and young audiences in addition to inclusion and diversity). We do this to open up the events and to connect with practitioners we haven’t worked with before, both inside and outside the film exhibition sector, who are doing important work.

Our open call for this event has now closed. To learn about future open calls when they’re launched, sign up to our email list.

If you have other ideas or suggestions about Screening Days, you can either send them to or if you prefer to submit anonymously, to our Screening Days Advisory Group.

What devices can I watch films on online?

For this event, we are working with Eventive. You can view films on Eventive on a laptop, tablet (e.g. iPad), phone, Chromecast and Airplay from your device, and via HDMI connector to your laptop. However, please note that you can’t currently watch on devices with a Linux or Chrome based operating system (e.g., Chromebooks). In general, it’s a good idea to test your set up before streaming the films – you can do that on Eventive’s compatibility page. We offer a support email service throughout the event.

Code of conduct

Whether on or offline, we want our events to be fun, inclusive spaces for film professionals. We expect people attending and working at them to maintain this code of conduct so that they stay that way. Harassment and bullying have no place at ICO events.

Examples of inappropriate behaviours that contravene our code of conduct include offensive comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of events, aggressive behaviour, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.

If someone behaves inappropriately towards you or you witness something inappropriate, please report it to a member of ICO staff or email us. Your complaint will be treated with discretion. We are happy to help and can help report inappropriate behaviour to the authorities where necessary or address the problem ourselves where more appropriate. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not comply with our code of conduct. This code of conduct applies both in-person and online.

If you would like to speak to an independent organisation about an issue, the Film and TV Charity have a free and confidential 24-hour helpline available on 0800 054 00 00.

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