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Descriptive subtitles for Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences 

Descriptive subtitles incorporate all the spoken dialogue of a film as well as text labels describing any dramatically relevant information, otherwise contained only in the soundtrack (including music and sound effects). Descriptive subtitles attempt to facilitate an experience equivalent to those who are able to enjoy films without them.

The following screenings will feature descriptive subtitles. Additional screenings may feature descriptive subtitles as we work with filmmakers to offer the provision.  


Wheelchair access 

All festival venues are wheelchair accessible (see details for each venue below).  

Bertha Dochouse – There is a lift and step-free access to the screen, with 1 wheelchair space in the cinema.  

Close-Up Cinema – There is wheelchair access and 1 wheelchair space in the cinema.  

Curzon Soho – All floors and screens are accessible by lift and there are currently spaces for wheelchair users in Screens 1 and 3.  

Genesis – There is wheelchair access to the Foyer, Gallery, Café, Kiosk, Screens 2 and 3, Studio 4 and Studio 5. Screen 1, Bar Paragon and The Kitchen are accessible with the use of a wheelchair stair climber (maximum load: 150kg). Please call Genesis in advance to check which screen your film is playing in, or for more information. 

ICA – Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 are accessible via ramp. There is space for 2 wheelchairs in each cinema. Please let the ICA know about any accessibility requirements at the time of booking as they may need to adjust the seats in advance. Both cinemas are fitted with induction loops for those wearing hearing aids. Please note: Following recent events, the ICA’s main entrance on the Mall may be closed, requiring visitors to use the rear entrance on Carlton Terrace which will unfortunately not have step-free access to the Cinemas.

LUX – The LUX building is fully wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilet facilities. 

Tate Modern – All events in the Starr Cinema have a step-free access route available, space for wheelchairs and a hearing loop. Works screened as part of the Starr Cinema programme will be captioned.