Currently 25% of our films are accessible to people who are deaf. Although this is an improvement on previous years we know we need to change that.
Filmmakers can download guidance documents on how to make their films accessible here (available in English and French):
Information for deaf visitors to LMFF 2023:
For now, internally and for our purposes, we consider films to be deaf accessible if as a minimum they have english sub-titles. This year, two also have either BSL or ASL signing.
There are a good number of films which do not have dialogue but we have not categorised these films as deaf accessible because mostly any dialogue has been replaced with something as fundamental to the film experience - usually a music soundtrack or ambient noise.
If you are deaf and you wish to watch our 30 Deaf Accessible adventure films, you will be able to find them by selecting 'Deaf Accessible' in the dropdown 'All Categories' menu situated at the top right of the film listings in the festival environment.
Including (with signing) Two Great Climbing Films to Watch out for!
Dir. Palmer Morse
Effective communication is a challenge every climber faces. It’s a sport that requires intense focus, dedication, and overcoming fear. For Deaf climber Sonya Wilson, communication and community is of vital importance. Elevated is a non-verbal film sharing Sonya’s experience as a Deaf woman and outdoor advocate working to bridge the gap between the Deaf community and the outdoor industry, one crag at a time.
THE ASCENSION SERIES - ADAM RAJA (10')
Dir. Matt Pycroft, Coldhouse Collective
Part 1 of The Ascension Series - tells the story of Adam, a young Glaswegian with Pakistani heritage who spent his youth embroiled in gang culture, knife crime, and drug and alcohol abuse. Until he set foot in the mountains, and there he found the confidence and community that redefined his life. It is a story that explores cultural heritage, identity, and connection to a landscape. At its simplest, it’s the tale of one man’s journey to becoming comfortable with the person he truly is.