Accessible movies at the Melbourne International Film Festival

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Monday, 22 July 2013 16:34pm

The annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will host four audio described and open captioned movies this year. The four feature-length movies will play at Hoyts Melbourne Central over the weekend of 9-11 August and patrons are invited to reserve tickets now.

Three of the movies - Galore, Patrick and These Final Hours - will be world premieres during their accessible sessions. The fourth movie is the theatrical take on Tim Winton’s award-winning short story series The Turning, which premieres earlier in the week. All movies are Australian and further information on each can be found on the MIFF website.

The availability of open captioning and audio description during MIFF, one of the world’s oldest film festivals, makes use of existing access technology installed at Hoyts Melbourne Central. The cinema offers a number of accessible sessions every day to blind, vision impaired, Deaf and hearing impaired patrons (through closed captions). Find out more about accessible cinema in Australia on our cinema webpages.

Audio description is delivered through a small portable audio player and personal headphones. Open captions for MIFF are displayed on the main movie screen.

Book now

Hoyts Melbourne Central has 10 audio description units available. To attend MIFF accessible sessions patrons are asked to reserve audio description devices by emailing the MIFF access office or phoning 03 9662 3722. If the captioned session you would like to attend is sold out, please contact MIFF. MIFF is setting aside four tickets for each session specifically for patrons that require captions but have missed out on a ticket through general booking.

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