April is World Autism Month with World Autism Awareness Day, on 2 April, and National Autism Awareness Week in the UK. Many cinemas across the country offer relaxed environment or autism-friendly screenings, with adaptations to make the space more comfortable and accessible for autistic people to enjoy film as individuals or with their families.
Organisations such as the UK Cinema Association, Dimensions, National Autistic Society and FAN have worked with cinemas to support them in welcoming autistic audiences.
Due to coronavirus, cinemas are closed country-wide, but do check back for events once the cinema ban is lifted and it is safe to attend screenings again. Here is a list of UK venues who host Relaxed Screenings.
We have provided some training resources and information on this page to help you host Relaxed Screenings in your venue, in preparation for cinemas reopening.
Autism and cinema
Cinema and film can be an inspiring and powerful tool for representation and developing awareness projects. Find some inspiration on this page about previous and existing projects, films or information for further research and planning ideas. There is also some information about setting up online film clubs and resources to help plan in this difficult time due to coronavirus.
We have provided some links to some interesting films below. If you are an autistic filmmaker and have work online, for example on your website, YouTube or Vimeo, you can let us know about it by completing our contact form here.
Online cinema ideas
- set up a watch party and have a chat on Zoom/Skype after the film?
- run an online drawing, poetry or drama workshop, using a film as a theme?
- buddy up individuals to have a chat online each week about a short or feature film they’ve seen?
Share your experiences
We would love to know about your film or cinema project at Inclusive Cinema. If you’d like to submit your own case study, please download this Inclusive screening case study template and submit it to toki[at]filmhubwales.org, so we can share your experiences, too.