Screening Days

ID Screening Days 2024
(Inclusion & Diversity)

19/06/2024 - 21/06/2024

Watershed, Bristol

Join us for ID Screening Days 2024 – a hybrid event for cinemas and exhibitors of all kinds looking to strengthen their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Taking place online on Wednesday 19 June and in-person at Watershed, Bristol on Friday 21 June, 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.

Cinemas cannot rely on a single type of person if they want to thrive, and in challenging times this becomes only more obvious. We want the work of including everyone in your community to be central to our work, opening up new, exciting possibilites rather than being seen as a ‘nice to have’. We’ll be having honest conversations and hearing from experts so you can show a broader range of films to a broader range of people, find and retain staff from across society and be seen as an essential part of your community for everyone in it.

Got any questions? See our FAQ or drop us a line at

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.


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Which pass should I buy?

  • £35 – Organisational pass (Select this rate if you are attending on behalf of an organisation or film society)
  • £25 – Freelance pass  (Select this rate if you are a freelance worker)
  • £10 – Young Person (18-30) pass (Select this rate if you are aged 18-30)
  • £10 – Supported pass (Select this rate if you are currently unwaged – which here means if you have applied for or receive Universal Credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Carer’s Allowance or are a student in higher education)

Please note that:

  • All passes give you both in-person and online access, but please indicate how you will attend in your registration form.
  • The deadline for registrations is Friday 7 June.
  • Lunch and all refreshments will be provided free to those attending at Watershed.
  • Passes are not transferable.
  • Films in the online programme will be available to stream from Wednesday 19 to Wednesday 26 June.
  • Streaming is only available within the UK and Republic of Ireland and our online platform Eventive restricts concurrent streams, so every viewer must have their own pass. See our FAQ for information on device compatibility.

“It gave me the time to think about different ways of making events inclusive”

“The programme was excellent”

“Really insightful and well organised”

ID Screening Days 2023 attendees


Programming Progressively and Responsively in Challenging Times

Amidst highly volatile cultural change and growing calls to action, how can film – and film organisations – responsibly contribute to conversations that matter? How can we support discussions in our networks and communities that contribute to empathy, solidarity and democracy in a media environment that makes living in line with our values ever more complex? In this workshop session, led by Nadia Maria Oliva, we will consider the groundwork needed to make positive and active decisions in programming and platforming the discussions that audiences are seeking from film organisations.

Creating a Neurodiverse Cinema

While ‘relaxed’ screenings are becoming more common, cinemas can do more to make neurodivergent people feel comfortable and included in their regular screening programming. In this session, led by writer Lillian Crawford, you’ll hear from practitioners who have taken the journey of defining what a space that supports neurodiversity looks like, building confidence in reaching people across the spectrum of neurodiversity, both in full-time cinemas and pop-up settings.

Curating Crip Cinema: Welcoming Disabled Audiences Beyond Access

More needs to be done to welcome disabled audiences into cinemas. The conversation often ends at access, but that’s only half the story. Disability on screen has a fraught history – one of stereotypes, omissions and repression – but it’s also rich, complex and joyful. Led by Emily Simmons, Crip Cinema Archive documents disability on screen. It defines ‘crip cinema’ as films that speak to something about the crip experience, speak to crip audiences, or that have a crip writer, director or lead actor. This session will explore possible definitions of crip cinema and what makes an authentic disabled story, with the aim of giving attendees greater confidence in programming and sharing these films, as well as some examples of where this approach has made a significant impact with disabled audiences in exhibition.

Radically Open Cinema Spaces

It’s easy to see ‘your audience’ as simply the people who book tickets for films, but this is only one way that they can interact with your space. Helping people find other entry points not only makes your venue more accessible, shows wider solidarity and enables you to access more funding, it also increases the likelihood people will overcome threshold anxiety and consider buying a ticket. Can people sit inside without the expectation they buy something? Are your toilets available to the public? What training should you consider for your FOH team? And how can you do this when you only have limited space? Using examples from across the cultural sector, we’ll look at the benefits and challenges of becoming more radically open.

For Us, By Us: Case Studies in Working with Communities

Audience development work is much easier when you have a clear sense of the priorities of the group or community you’re trying to reach, and even easier if you’re a member of it yourself. In this session, we present two case studies from people working with both established and pop-up venues and how they have taken a curious, detailed approach to building events that are highlights for the communities they’re working with.

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 (Wednesday 19 June) will be delivered entirely online. The second day (Friday 21 June) will be delivered in-person at Watershed in Bristol. Films in our online programme will be available to stream from Wednesday 19 June to Wednesday 26 June.

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

How do I join online / at Watershed?

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

If you’re attending at Watershed on Friday 21 June, you’ll need to come to our registration desk in Waterside 3 (upstairs from 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?

We’re currently programming first films and sessions and will make the final schedule available to you as soon as possible. However, rough timings are registration from 10:15am, with first films and sessions from 10:45 to 11am, with final films and sessions ending 5pm to 5:30pm before an evening drinks reception until 6:30pm.

How do I get to Watershed?

Watershed sits on the harbourside in Bristol city centre. For a location map and travel advice, see Watershed’s website.

Are food and drinks provided?

Refreshments and lunch and an evening drinks reception are all provided on the day. You can also visit Watershed’s Café & Bar and its external bar Undershed, one of the restaurants nearby on the harbour, or shops in Bristol city centre.

How accessible is the event?

See our full page on accessibility support at ICO events.

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.

We aim to provide descriptive subtitles on all films available online and as many as possible screened at Watershed. 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 filmed or have notes taken at them, with recordings or notes circulated afterwards.

There will be a quiet space available at Watershed for anyone who needs it.

For more details of venue accessibility at Watershed, see their website.

For any other queries about accessibility 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, Young Audiences and Archive 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 has 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 in-person entry and/or online access to anyone who does not comply with our code of conduct.

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.

With thanks to our sponsor

How to apply


To register for Screening Days, type in the number of the appropriate pass type(s) you would like to order below and click ‘Continue’. If you would like to add a donation to the ICO on top of your pass cost, update the total after the £ sign.

  • ICO Screening Days events are open to everyone who works or volunteers in film exhibition, including young film programmers (aged over 18).
  • If you’re in any doubt about your eligibility, see Am I eligible? or email us at:
  • Passes are strictly non-transferable.
  • The deadline for registration is Friday 7 June.

If you have any queries about your eligibility or booking online, read our FAQ or email us at

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