Relaxed screenings

Relaxed screenings are presented each month for those in the neuro-diverse community, their assistants and carers.

BFI Southbank has been awarded the National Autistic Society's Autism Friendly Award.

National Autistic Society's Autism Friendly Award

Find out more about all films screening with subtitles, hard of hearing subtitles, audio description, and relaxed screenings.

Tickets can be booked in advance either online, by calling (020 7928 3232) or emailing the box office (

We will post a new Relaxed Cinema Screenings Guide to download in June.

As a result of our Covid Safety plan we have adjusted some aspects of all customer journeys in our building.

  • All customers need to book tickets in advance on line or on the telephone.
  • All screenings come off sale 45 minutes before they start so you will need to have purchased before then as we cannot make any exceptions for this.
  • Your tickets will be issued electronically and you will need to show these to gain entry to the building.
  • There is a one way system in operation for each auditorium. For NFT3 you must enter the building by the Lightbox entrance. You must also exit by that door.

For further information please see BFI Southbank reopening

Or contact us

Our Relaxed Screening adjustments have changed to comply with our COVID safety plan.

Seats are currently removed from the auditorium in order to maintain social distancing regulations.
Customers will have to book pre-assigned seats. These are all single seats but we will do our best to accommodate any specific seating requests and to reserve companion seats close by.

We request that those who are able to wear facemasks do so throughout their visit (including in the auditorium) but understand that not everyone can do so. If you are exempt from wearing a mask please contact us prior to your visit to ensure we can implement appropriate safety measures for your comfort and that of those around you.

There are no refreshments available in our main foyer so please bring your own - no hot food please.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening start time.
No trailers will be shown.
The programme will be introduced.

Our house lights will remain on a low level throughout the screening, and the volume will be turned slightly down.
You will be able to leave the auditorium and return by following a one-way system within the building.
You will be able to make noise.
There will be a safe space for customers to use if they need to leave the auditorium.

In line with government guidelines and our building COVID safety audit the situation may change in July. Please check back onto this page for updates.



Getting around BFI Southbank

If you would like to prepare for your visit to BFI Southbank you may find this video produced by Carousel, who support learning disabled artists, helpful to watch. We hope this will help make your visit more enjoyable.

Some aspects of the customer journey at BFI Southbank will have changed due to government regulations and our Covid safety policy. More information can be found on our reopening page.