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.

Online films

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

Could you:

  • 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.

Film ideas and resources

Guide to Online Film Clubs
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Learn how to plan and run an online workshop
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Coronavirus - Resources for autistic people and families  ​
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Autistic UK Covid-19 Resources Centre
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Coronavirus: activities and resources for life at home
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Autism Toolbox -Supporting children and young people at home: Coronavirus
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Life Animated: BFI Player
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The Mask: Short film on BFI Player
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Aspectrum – What is Autism to Me? (Documentary Short)
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Watch Seeing the Unseen on Vimeo On Demand
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Autism in Pink: Documentary
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DYSPLA: The Life and Death of an Anonymous Autistic Man - an experimental film installation
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The Autistic Film Critic
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BAME and autism
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I'm Trans, Autistic, And More Common Than You'd Think
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It all made sense when we found out we were autistic
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Gender and Autism
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Autism on film: can cinema get it right?
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Beacon Films CIC
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North East Autism Society - Autism Acceptance Week
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Figs UK
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We need more representation for autistic people of colour
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SWAN - Scottish Women's Autism Network
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Autism facts and history
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Autism in BAME Communities - YouTube video
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Importance of autism-friendly cultural spaces
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Cinemas: Autism-Friendly Screenings
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I have nonverbal autism. Here's what i want you to know.
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Jess Thom: Relaxed venues can radically improve theatre experiences
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Battersea Arts Centre relaunches as world’s first fully relaxed venue
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Universal Music: Creative Differences Handbook
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Agony Autie: YouTube Channel
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Hijinx Theatre
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Oska Bright Film Festival
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7 tips for a trip to the theatre with a child with autism
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We need autism understanding, not awareness
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National Autistic Society: Calm with Horses release
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Future Learn: Understanding Autism online course
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OpenLearn: Understanding Autism Free Online Course
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The Girl with the Curly Hair Project
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The Autistic Advocate
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Neurodivergent Rebel
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Dimensions, UKCA, BFI FAN autism friendly cinema screenings training video