Danish cinema to increase accessibility for local films

The Danish Film Institute has announced a new initiative that will increase the accessibility of local films.

This new initiative will make it easier for the visually impaired, the hard of hearing with the additional of subtitles, visual signing and audio description.

As of the 1st of July 2016, all the feature films that receive production support from the Danish Film Institute will be made available to cinemas with Danish subtitles, although cinemas will not be forced to provide subtitled screenings.

The Danish Film Institute has also collaborated with the Danish Blind Association on six new Danish movies to provide a more inclusive approach to audio description. Technology has been developed to provide audio description via smartphone and headphones so that users can enjoy audio description at the same showing as everyone else.

So far only two films are currently available with audio description – A Conspiracy of Faith and The Day Will Come. The next titles to have audio description are Fuglene Over Sundet and Iqbal og Superchippen.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.