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Accessible screenings

We are committed to ensuring that the Festival is as inclusive and accessible as possible. We offer a number of accessible screenings and events and will make reasonable efforts to meet any additional requirements within available resources. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, email festival@bfi.org.uk

Access tickets

A limited number of Access tickets have been ring-fenced for guests with specific seating requirements including aisle seats for guests with restricted mobility and seating for BSL interpreted events in order to provide the best sight lines.

The Access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Has specific seating needs.
  • Would like to book specific accessibility services e.g. audio description headsets.
  • Is a wheelchair user.
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance.
  • Requires specific accessibility information about the venue.
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue.

How to book

Email box.office@bfi.org.uk
Call the Box Office +44 (0)20 7928 3232
Quote ‘ACCESS’ (lines are open 11:30am to 8:30pm daily)

Access tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to BFI priority membership booking periods.

Venue access

Venue access information can be found on the venue page.

Screenings for customers who are D/deaf or hard-of-hearing

English language films with hard-of-hearing subtitles

The following films have English language subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio, for customers who are D/deaf or hard-of-hearing.

BSL introduction/Q&A

Screenings where the introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted.

Screenings for customers who are blind or partially sighted

Films with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially sighted. Headphones are available on request.

Screenings for customers on the autism spectrum and/or anyone with learning disabilities, and their carers and assistants

Relaxed screenings

Relaxed screenings have adjustments aimed to reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming environment.


More accessible screenings to be announced soon.

The Festival also presents a number of foreign-language films with English subtitles (S). See the Calendar in the Digital guide (PDF) for further details.

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.

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