Access and Inclusion

Access Australia

Sydney Film Festival is proud to partner with Accessible Arts with their Accessing Sydney Collectively campaign. Please visit http://asyd.co/ for more information.

We welcome feedback at info@sff.org.au.

The 2017 Film Festival is over. This page will be updated prior to the 2018 Festival with the latest access & inclusions information.

 

2017 SFF Access & Inclusions information


Sydney Film Festival welcomes all visitors to screenings and events, and makes every effort to ensure the program is accessible to our whole audience. Sydney Film Festival is a wheelchair accessible festival. See the venue specific information below for details.

Download the 2017 Screenability Access and Inclusion Guide here

The 2017 Sydney Film Festival Program Guide is also available in Braille. Please contact Sydney Film Festival on 02 8220 6600 or email info@sff.org.au.


Companion card
Sydney Film Festival proudly accepts Companion Cards to all sessions. For guests who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder.

For all access and inclusion bookings or enquiries, and to notify us of your needs so we can make your visit as enjoyable as possible, please call us on 1300 733 733 or email tickets@sff.org.au.

 

Wheelchair Spaces

Sydney Film Festival's venues have a limited number of wheelchair spaces. To book a space, please call us on 1300 733 733. You can reserve a wheelchair space for sessions in the Screenability Program online at the same time you are booking your ticket. 

See below in the Venue Specific Access Information field for the number of spaces available in each cinema across the Festival.  

 

Vision

Audio Description

Audio Description 

Audio describers give verbal descriptions of all the visual elements of what is happening on the screen. This is done during natural pauses and gaps in the dialogue via a small earpiece, provided to audience members before the show. Customers must book the service in advance online or over the phone and pick up their FM headset on arrival. This service has limited availability for each session. In 2017 there were five audio described sessions. Audio described sessions will be listed here when the program is announced in May 2018. 

Open Captioning

Open Captioning is a text display of all the words and sounds heard on screen. In 2017 there were six open captioned sessions. Open Captioned sessions will be listed here when the program is announced in May 2018. 

Assistance Animals

Assistance Animals

Assistance animals are welcome at all festival events and venues. Bookings are essential so the venue can be advised, call 1300 733 733 or email tickets@sff.org.au.

Hearing

Assistive Listening
Assistive Listening

Many venues have an induction hearing loop system or FM radio system available. See the venue specific information below for details.

Auslan Interpreted Q&A's and Introductions

Auslan Interpreted

Auslan interpreted intros and q&as are for audiences who use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Auslan Interpreted Q&A's and Introduced sessions will be listed here when the program is announced in May 2018. 

Subtitled Screenings

Subtitled Performances

All foreign language screenings are subtitled in English. This does not include full open captions.  

See a full list of our 2017 foreign language films. We will list all subtitled films here when the program is announced in May 2018. 

 

Relaxed Screening

Relaxed Performances
Relaxed screenings are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for children on the autism spectrum or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities, along with their friends, carers and families. Performances are provided in a supportive and non-judgemental environment, with slight modifications to sound and lighting, an open door policy and a quiet area available. In 2017 there was one relaxed screening. Relaxed screenings will be listed here when the program is announced in May 2018. 

Venue Specific Access Information

Virtual Reality at The Hub

In 2017 there was a ticketed VR program at The Hub. Any VR program will be announced in May 2018. Access information will be listed here. 

2017 VR Safety Information: VR experience requires viewers to wear a headset (can be worn over most types of glasses) and headphones to view the work individually. VR experiences and using this technology may involve some risks including (but not limited to): disorientation, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, visual abnormalities or other discomfort. Please raise your hand to notify SFF staff and volunteers if you are experiencing any discomfort. For safety reasons, intoxicated patrons cannot be admitted. Patrons under the age of 15 years cannot be admitted.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The main entrance at the front of the Gallery is via two short flights of stairs: nine steps outside and two in the vestibule inside. A permanent access ramp provides an alternative to the external stairs. Another ramp is positioned on the inside stairs and a Gallery staff member is available for assistance if required. All areas inside the building are accessible by ramps and two lifts.

Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on lower level 1.

There are 4 free accessible parking spaces: two at the front of the Gallery and two at the rear.

Hearing loops are available in the back two rows of the Domain Theatre.

There are 5 wheelchair spaces at the back of the cinema. To book a wheelchair space please call 1300 733 733 between 9am and 5pm.

Dendy Newtown

All cinemas are wheelchair accessible. Please use the lift on the Ground Floor. Cinemas 1-4 are located on Level 1 and Cinemas 5-10 are located on Level 3. Accessible bathrooms are located on the Ground Floor or Level 3. Cinemas 5 & 8 have hearing aid transmitter technology. 

We use a range of cinemas in Dendy Newtown

Cinema 1 has 4 wheelchair spaces. Cinemas 2, 3, 5 and 8 have 2 wheelchair spaces. To book a wheelchair space please call 1300 733 between 9am and 5pm, or you can reserve a space online when you book your ticket if you are attending a session in the Screenability program, which screens at Dendy Newtown. 

Dendy Opera Quays

All cinemas are wheelchair accessible by lift. There are accessible toilets located on the lower Ground Floor via a lift.

All cinemas are hearing loop enabled. The best rows are in the middle of the theatre (avoid the back two rows or front two rows). 

There is no onsite parking available.

Cinemas 1 and 3 have 3 wheelchair spaces. Cinema 2 has 4 wheelchair spaces. To book a wheelchair space please call 1300 733 733 between 9am and 5pm.

Event Cinemas

Ramp access to Event Cinemas is available from the main entrance on George Street. It is recommended to drop off on Kent St and take the lane way down to the cinema.
Cinemas 4, 8, 9 and 11 (used by the SFF) are wheelchair accessible. 

Accessible toilets are located a short distance from each cinema. 

Only Cinema 8 and VMAX 1 and VMAX 2 are hearing loop enabled, please see the festival staff for locations that are best covered by the hearing loop. Cinema 4, 9 and 11 have Infrared- Williams sound and can be accessed with a headset provided by Event Cinemas staff.

There is no onsite parking available.

Cinemas 3, 4, 5 and 9 have 4 wheelchair spaces. Cinemas 8 and 11 have 3 wheelchair spaces. To book a wheelchair space please call 1300 733 733 between 9am and 5pm.

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne

All cinemas in the Hayden Orpheum are wheelchair accessible, with the exception of Cinema 3 (not used by SFF). There are accessible toilets located a short distance from the cinema. Hearing loops are available in all cinemas. 

Behind the Orpheum on Parraween Street there is a car park with accessible spaces.

Cinema 4 has 4 wheelchair spaces. Cinema 5 has 2 wheelchair spaces. To book a wheelchair space please call 1300 733 733 between 9am and 5pm.

Lower Town Hall and Upper Town Hall

Wheelchair access is available to both via a lift at the Druitt Street entrance. This includes access to the Centennial Hall and the Treasury Room.

Accessible toilet facilities are available on each publicly accessible floor of the building.

There is no onsite parking available.

​​State Theatre

The main entrance of the State Theatre on Market Street is wheelchair accessible. There will be temporary ramp access to the Mezzanine Level.

The State Theatre has up to 6 wheelchair accessible spaces available on the Mezzanine Level. To book a wheelchair space please call 1300 733 733 between 9am and 5pm.

An accessible toilet is located at the QT Hotel next door on Level 1.
Rest points are available in foyer and bathroom areas.

The State Theatre has a hearing loop located in the centre two blocks of seating in the mezzanine. Optimal seats are in the Mezzanine: Row H 26 - 32, Row G 25 - 31, Row F 25 - 31, Row E 24 - 30, Row D 23 - 29, Row C 23 - 29 and Row B 23 - 29.

There is no onsite parking available.

Skyline Drive In Blacktown

Skyline does not have any hearing loops or audio describe equipment. Restrooms have one stall with rails for assistance but are not fully accessible.

The Ritz Cinema Randwick

The venue has limited wheelchair spaces. It is not enabled with hearing aid transmitter technology or a hearing loop.

The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor on the east side of the building. There is direct or lift access to all cinemas.

Cinema 1 has 2 wheelchair spaces. Cinema 5 has 1 wheelchair space. To book a wheelchair space please call 1300 733 733 between 9am and 5pm.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

All areas of the Centre are wheelchair accessible, with accessible bathrooms on site.

The theatre is fitted with a hearing aid loop.

There is plenty of parking on site.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has up to 15 wheelchair spaces. 

For bookings at this venue, please call Casula Powerhouse directly on (02) 9824 1121.

Dining Delights & Gourmet Cinema

The venue for our Gourmet Cinema sessions and most of the venues for the Dining Delights deals are fully accessible. However, below is a short list of those that have limited accessibility:

  • PS40
  • The Rook (no accessible restrooms)
  • Chefs Gallery (no accessible restrooms)
  • Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant (no accessible restrooms)
  • Bloodwood (limited accessibility – please call in advance)

More information of Dining Delights can be found here.

For all access and inclusion bookings or enquiries, and to notify us of your needs so we can make your visit as enjoyable as possible, please call us on 1300 733 733 or email tickets@sff.org.au.