Screening Days

ID Screening Days 2023
(Inclusion & Diversity)

26/09/2023 - 28/09/2023

Storyhouse, Chester

Join us for ID Screening Days 2023 – a hybrid event for cinemas and exhibitors of all kinds looking to strengthen their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Taking place online on Tuesday 26 September and in-person at Storyhouse, Chester on Thursday 28 September, ID Screening Days comprises preview screenings and curated sessions designed to make a lasting difference to who is included in the audience and workforce of UK film.

Building on data from our 2022 workforce exhibition survey and FAN 2018-2022, we want this event to address the lack of representation in our cinema audiences and workforce, especially in relation to disability, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. We’ll look at ways to combat barriers to entry and how to build meaningful support systems for cinema audiences and staff alike. We hope this event is a great space for having honest conversations, making new connections and building momentum for real change.

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New to Screening Days? Check out our trailer to get a sense of what it’s like.

Not sure if Screening Days is for you? See our eligibility section.

For all other details, scroll down or see our FAQ.


Registration for this event is now closed. 

“I came out more optimistic and enthused about the possibilities of film exhibition”

“Really illuminating”

ID Screening Days 2022 attendees


How to make your screening space inclusive

An accessible space is one that welcomes you and is invested in similar community interests: it’s easy to feel like you’re sticking out like a sore thumb even in the dark of the cinema. We have to look beyond the films we’re showing and who they represent if we want to be truly inclusive, putting in the effort to make our screening environments more inviting and ensure they cater to a variety of audiences. In this workshop session, curator and events producer Miranda Mungai will offer inexpensive but thoughtful case studies exploring the practical changes your venue or programming group should consider. We’ll do group work to help find ways to encourage attendance from new audiences from disadvantaged and/or marginalised backgrounds.

Fundraising fundamentals

One of the major disparities in film is access to funds and the skills needed to successfully bid for them. While it’s only part of the picture for a sustainable organisation, funding matters if you want to be ambitious and inclusive in your work. This workshop, intended for first timers and people growing in confidence and scale in bid writing, is suitable for venue workers and freelancers. Whether you’re looking to apply to a community fund or a film-specific funder, we’ll invite speakers to talk about successful (and unsuccessful!) fundraising methods, how to structure and plan a funding application and much more in a friendly workshop format that’ll help you feel confident about your first or next bid.

The habits of highly inclusive workplaces

We can only make an inclusive space for audiences if we have inclusive spaces for the workers and volunteers in our industry. But inclusion isn’t a destination: it’s a daily habit. To look at ways we can find the best staff, retain them and let them flourish, we’ll break out into two sessions, one for people who are creating policies and implementing practice to discuss how to be more inclusive and supportive, and one for people who aren’t currently implementing policy but want to advocate for better practice and learn more about their rights in the workplace.

How Do You Feel Cinema: An inclusive care-led training toolkit for feeling film

How Do You Feel Cinema is a new way to approach public screenings that enables everyone – curators, creative professionals, film audiences (and people who would not usually consider themselves to be film audiences) – to connect better to ourselves, each other, and the wider world. HDYFC works from a person-centred, care-led perspective, paying particular attention to global majority, LBGTQIA2+, and d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent communities, where welcome, hospitality, space-holding and access intimacy are key ingredients. Join practice-based academic Jenny Chamarette to hear about simple but effective ways we can care for audiences (and the people who build audiences) in the feeling space of film.

Lessons from the Museum Sector: Community Co-Curation with and for South Asian audiences

The South Asia Gallery at Manchester Museum opened in February 2023, taking a unique approach to curation, co-curated by a collective of people from the South Asian community in Manchester. This case study explores this work and the film season that unfolded from the project. It will give you insights into the co-curation journey, giving you practical guidance and advice on working with diverse communities from outside the sector to programme film seasons, festivals and events. You’ll come away from the session with top tips on how to incorporate this work into a long term inclusion strategy for a sustainable, evolving and 21st century approach to audience development.

Running a diverse festival in a rural context

Mint Chinese Film Festival stands proudly as Cumbria’s pioneering Chinese film festival. The Keswick Alhambra Cinema, a family-run independent cinema with over 100 years of history was its host for the inaugural 2023 edition. In this session, they’ll share their unique programming strategies, audience engagement, collaboration patterns and community outreach that demonstrate how to engage a wide range of different audiences.

Community Activism through Film Exhibition by East and South East Asian (ESEA) Creatives

Through organising film screenings, festivals and networking events, East and South East Asian (ESEA) creatives have been increasing the visibility of the community, which historically has been underrepresented in the UK, including the cultural sector, while shedding light on the brilliant diversity within the community. During the panel discussion, speakers Ching Wong of the Hong Kong Film Festival UK, Monica Wat of the ESEA arts festival MOON FEST and its production collective Made on the Moon and Yi Wang of Queer East will share their insights, from how to attract audiences – especially those who do not usually engage with independent cinema, how to devise and evaluate production and programming strategies, to ensuring that cinema initiatives are truly benefiting the community.

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 young film programmers (aged over 18) and front of house staff. If you’re in any doubt about your eligibility, just email us.

Support to join ID Screening Days

Your regional Film Hub may be able to offer bursaries to support your attendance (see links below). If your organisation is not yet a Hub member, it is usually easy to register quickly and it’s free.

What to expect at Screening Days


Is this a hybrid event?

Yes. The first day (Tuesday 26 September) will be delivered entirely online. The second day (Thursday 28 September) will be delivered in-person at Storyhouse in Chester. Films in our online programme will be available to stream from Tuesday 26 September to Tues 3 October.

All sessions will either be filmed or have notes taken at them, with videos and notes made available to delegates after the event.

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How do I join online / at Storyhouse?

You’ll be sent all details of how to access films and sessions online ahead of time.

If you’re attending at Storyhouse on Thursday 28 September, come to our registration desk near box office on the day. You will be issued with a badge which is your entry pass into all screenings and sessions.

What's the schedule?

How do I get to Storyhouse?

Storyhouse is located in Chester City Centre, close to the Town Hall and Chester Cathedral (Hunter Street, Chester, CH12AR). For a map and travel advice, see their website.

Are food and drinks provided?

Yes! All refreshments, lunch and evening drinks will be provided free at Storyhouse on Thursday 28 September. You can also purchase food and drinks from Storyhouse’s restaurant, The Kitchen.

We’re also holding an open bar at The Kitchen from 5pm on Wednesday 27 September for anyone in Chester ahead of the event. Come and join us!

How accessible is the event?

We aim to provide descriptive subtitles on all films available online and as many as possible screened at Storyhouse. We will confirm which films will be available with descriptive subtitles as soon as possible before the event.

Online sessions will be live-captioned. Sessions will either be recorded or have notes taken at them, with recordings or notes circulated afterwards.

For details of physical venue accessibility at Storyhouse, see their website.

Please state any access needs you have in your online registration. We will do our very best to support you and welcome you to the event.

See our full page on accessibility support at ICO events.

If you have any other queries not answered here, please 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 specialised Screening Days events (Inclusion and Diversity and Young Audiences Screening Days).

We do this to open up the events and to connect with practitioners we haven’t worked with before, inside and outside the film exhibition sector, who are doing important work.

Our open call for this event is now closed. To learn about future open calls as they’re launched, sign up to our mailing 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?

We use Eventive for online streaming. You can watch 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.

Supported by

The event is delivered with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

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