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Festival of films by children: Access and inclusion

The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children (SIFFC) exists to give Australian children under 13 years of age the opportunity to screen their films in an international context alongside their peers from all over the world. The SIFFC is the largest festival of child-produced films in Australia – having begun in 2012 – and is part of an international network of similar festivals. This festival of films by children is produced by The Bardic Studio.

Filmmakers experience the way a cinema audience responds to their work, receive feedback from professional filmmakers, network with their peers and extend their skills.

How do I see the films?

This festival of films by children comprises carefully curated programs of 50 minutes duration.

You can see the films during the days on:
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November at Event Cinemas, Campbelltown

How do I book?

Further information about the program is available and bookings can be made right here.

What makes the SIFFC accessible?

SIFFC welcomes children and adults living with disability. All sessions will have light and sound adjusted for people living with autism and other sensory disability. There is a quiet space at each cinema and a friendly greeting at each session. In addition:

  • eight of the ten sessions at each cinema are flashing-light free
  • a triggers list is available
  • lifts and toilets with sufficient turning circles for motorised wheelchairs, doors accommodating motorised wheelchairs and wheelchair parking spaces are available
  • a Phonak Roger hearing system will be available for use with hearing aids and cochlear implants, as well as MyLink which is available for T-Switch Function

To obtain a triggers list, to ask about a particular trigger or to supply further information about your access needs, email [email protected]

Additional focus on access and disability

Additional access options exist for the 11.50 am sessions on both Saturday 3 and 10 November. These include open captions, a social story (email [email protected]), audio description (Bondi Junction only*) and one film with an Auslan window. This 11:50 am session includes films that reflect the lived experience of children with disability or include the participation of children with disability. The films come from Australia, Moldova, Spain, Italy and Belgium.

*To book for the audio described session at Bondi Junction, please email [email protected]

Keen to hear from you

SIFFC welcomes all information about access needs and is committed to increasing access for Australians every year. Please feel free to reach out to discuss your needs by emailing [email protected]

How do I get more information about this festival of films by children?

Further information about the program and bookings are available right here.
Further information about the SIFFC is available here.

This page was first published on 2 November 2018.

When: 03/11/2018 to 11/11/2018