Glasgow Film Theatre provides an independent film programme for diverse audiences in Glasgow and Scotland, including specific audience development initiatives aimed at cultural diversity, disabled, D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and socially/economically disadvantaged audiences.
Glasgow Film Theatre is the first cinema in the UK to have been awarded the Autism Friendly Award and is a committed supporter of the Glasgow Autism Friendly City Centre Initiative.
Access Film Club is a popular and inclusive film event that happens at the Glasgow Film Theatre in partnership with The National Autistic Society Scotland. Running since November 2014 and supported by venue audit and autism aware staff and volunteers, Access Film Club is designed to engage with people aged 15+ who welcome a relaxed cinema environment. For people who have autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities and/or difficulties in processing information, a relaxed environment is the best way to enjoy a film. Every event is a social night out, featuring a post-film chat and offers autism interest information all hosted by an autistic volunteer. Every club always has a mixture of people and ages coming along. The club is not exclusive and it is important that everybody feels welcome to attend.
At the GFT, we celebrate diversity and we want to make sure that people who enjoy relaxed film screenings, can find that with us. GFT has and always will celebrate diversity and inclusion and if we get to do that in collaboration with others then all the better! Our autism-friendly programme; Take 2 Access for children and their families and Access Film Club are vital gateways for audiences and it pushes the envelope on what, in 2019, venues should be providing as standard and Glasgow Film is proud to champion this message.
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If you have any questions about Access Film Club or have any suggestions for special film events please contact Jodie Wilkinson, Public Engagement Coordinator on [email protected] or 0141 352 8608.
You can also find out more about our Autism Friendly City Centre here