Accessible Film Festival 2017
British Council once again supported the Accessible Film Festival 2017 in its fifth year.
The British Council supported the free Camera and Dance Workshop lead by Tuğçe Tuna in Istanbul, the VR experience of the film Notes on Blindness in Istanbul and Ankara and the Wheelchair Simulation in Ankara. British Council ensured the accessibility of the three UK films screened at the festival (Notes on Blindness, Macropolis and Fixing Luka) for visual and hearing impaired audiences.
About the festival
Inspired by the simple fact that every individual has a right to participate in the cultural life, Ankara Accessible Film Festival (AAFF) started its journey in 2013. The purpose was, and still is, to create and sustain an environment where disabled individuals can engage in and enjoy social and cultural activities just like anyone else.
All of the screenings, workshops and other side events during the festival are organised to be accessible by all so that individuals with disabilities can watch films together with their loved ones and participate in cultural and social events. Through this initiative, AAFF believes that society, as well as these individuals, will benefit in terms of creative, artistic and intellectual capacity.
Selected contemporary movies are presented with audio description (for those who are visually impaired) and sign language and detailed subtitles (for those who are hearing impaired). The Q and A sessions following the screenings will be translated into Turkish sign language. The workshops and other side events within the festival are arranged to be easily accessible for individuals who are visually or hearing impaired. All the venues where festival events take place are carefully selected so that individuals with orthopaedic impairments can easily access the festival.
British Council will run mini competitions and quizzes during the festival. Follow our web page and social media for news and updates.
Answer the questions corectly and win VR glasses
Our competition has now ended. The winners of 4 VR glasses compatible with mobile phones are as below. We will contact the winners.
- Seher Onart
- Mustafa Balcı
- Koray Erşen
- Merve Gökmen
- Emine Özdemir
- Birkan Susam
- Feray Dağıdır
- Can Oltulu
Accessible Film Festival film schedule:
Accessible Film Festival was at Taşbaşı Cultural Center Red Room in Eskişehir from 5-7 May; Boğaziçi University SineBU Movie Theatre in Istanbul from 12-14 May and Ulucanlar Penitentiary Museum Movie Theatre and Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Center from 18-23 May.
British Council in Turkey supported the screening of a documentary called Notes On Blindness (2016) and two short-films called Fixing Luka and Macropolis under “Films Without Barriers.” Please see the details about the films below:
Venue and dates:
Istanbul, Boğaziçi University SineBU Movie Theatre
12 May - 14.15 Films Without Barriers
13 May - 14.15 Notes On Blindness
Ulucanlar Penitentiary Museum Movie Theatre
19 May - 12.00 Notes On Blindness
21 May - 12.00 Films Without Barriers
Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Centre
22 May - 16.30 Notes On Blindness
Workshop: Perspective// Viewpoint
Accessible Film Festival connects dance and camera through thePerspective// Viewpoint Workshop, which took place between 12 and 14 May in İstanbul.
Jointly organised by Accessible Film Festival and British Council, the workshop aimed to explore the relationship between the movements of body and camera by bridging the gap between two disciplines that are focused on the body and movement. The workshop was managed by choreograph and dance therapist Tuğçe Tuna.
The workshop, within which the dancers of Dance with Different Bodies project also participated, welcomes anybody who has experience in visual art and/or performance art with a focus on body. Participation is free of charge.
Virtual Reality (VR) experiences
In collaboration with British Council, Accessible Film Festival’s program included two VR experiences this year.
1. Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness
In Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, the audience had a chance to experience the audio diary of author and theologian John Hull who has been losing his sight slowly since 1983. Through a VR headset, the audience was a part of Hull’s sensory and psychological experiences in this process. In addition to this interactive experience, the documentary named Notes on Blindness (Pete Middleton, James Spinney, 2016) was screened.
- Istanbul: 12-14 May: SineBu
- Ankara: 20-23 May: Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi
2. Wheelchair Simulator
This simulator was designed to give a sense of day-to-day challenges of wheelchair users in urban areas to those who do not have an orthopaedic impairment. Designed by Reo-Tek, which is a firm operating at METU Technopolis, the simulator turned challenges wheelchair users face within a city into a VR experience. The Simulator aimed to increase our awareness, understanding and empathy with the daily challenges the city poses to wheelchair uses.
- Ankara: 20-22 May: Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi