Accessible Cinema

At the Irish Film Institute we are committed to providing access for audiences with disabilities and are delighted to announce that we will be providing audio description and open captioning for selected screenings.


IFI Accessible Cinema Focus Group Meetings

Have you availed of any of our open captioned or audio described screenings?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

In April 2016 we launched our accessible cinema pilot project, in conjunction with the Arts Council.  Since then we have screened over twenty two films with open captions or audio description to meet the varied needs of our audiences.

We are holding two focus group meetings in April in order to get your feedback on the pilot project.

April 10th, 6pm-7.30pm for deaf/hard of hearing audiences availing of open captions (+ ISL & onsite speech to text facilitation)

April 19th, 6pm-7.30pm for blind/vision impaired audiences availing of audio description

The meetings will be informal. Light refreshments will be served.

All focus group participants will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to an accessible screening of their choosing at IFI.

Please contact Alicia McGivern, Head of Education at IFI to confirm your participation in the focus group.

If you cannot attend the focus groups, we would love to hear from you through our online survey. Please click HERE to take our accessibility survey.

To see which films are currently available with Open Captions or Audio Description please visit


oc_pOpen Captioned screenings, hearing loops and headphones for audiences with hearing impairments.

Open Captions will be provided for a selection of screenings and are like subtitles. Captions not only display dialogue, but also text describing sounds, sound effects, speaker identification, music, and other auditory information not conveyed in speech e.g. door banging.

Hearing loops are installed at the IFI and are available in all screens.

Audio Described screenings for audiences with visual impairments.AD PNG

IFI is delighted to offer audio description for a selection of our screenings. Audio Description (AD) is designed to allow audiences who are visually impaired enjoy a film through the use of headphones. The headphones receive a narration of the film which describe the visual elements of the scenes on screen. Headphones are available at Box Office and our staff are happy to show you how they work. If you are making a group booking please let Box Office know in advance.

What screenings are accessible?

The AD (Audio Described) and OC (Open Captioned) symbols on screenings on the IFI website and printed programme will denote what films will have this capability. IFI cannot control what films are available with audio description and open captions, however we do intend to offer audio description on all screenings where it is possible and to offer a selected programme of open captioned screenings.

This month’s accessible screenings.

Hearing and Guide dogs are welcome at all times in all of our cinemas, please let the IFI Box Office know so that we can allocate suitable seating for you.

PA/ assistant ticket goes free with tickets for audiences with disabilities with relevant identification/ proof of requirement

Access for audiences who are wheelchair users

All our cinemas are wheelchair accessible. If you are a wheelchair user, please let the IFI Box Office know at least 30 minutes in advance of the screening (01 679 5744/ This enables us to determine your requirements and assist you fully. We regret that wheelchair users are currently unable to book wheelchair accessible spaces online.

This project is kindly supported by the Arts Council, in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland.

For more information on accessible screenings at the Irish Film Institute call 01 679 5744 or email

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