Accessibilty at the London Short Film Festival

LSFF is committed to providing the best experience for all of our audiences.

Thanks to ongoing BFI support, LSFF 2018 provides the following access support at all venues:

Check individual venue website for further information and reservations.

If you have questions about access at LSFF, you can speak to any member of LSFF staff or email:

LSFF Autism Friendly Screening 

in partnership with Oska Bright

Tuesday 16 January, 2.30pm, ICA

LSFF is aware that going to a general performance of a film can be a challenge for audiences on the autism spectrum or with sensory or learning disabilities. To promote greater social inclusion, we're excited to host an adapted screening of a selection from our New Shorts programmes.

On the success of 2016's Autism Friendly screening, we’re pleased to present "Pick'n'Mix", a selection of new shorts from across the festival presented in partnership with Oska Bright Film Festival. The screening is at Hackney Picturehouse on Monday 9th January at 4pm.

The lights will be kept on at a low level, with reduced sound levels and an allowance for increased levels of movement and noise. This screening is suitable for all audiences.

Book tickets to our Autism Friendly screening here:

Save the Date - screening for D/deaf audiences

Tuesday 16 January, 6.30pm, BFI Southbank

LSFF present their first screening exclusively for d/Deaf audiences, curated by LSFF's young d/Deaf programmer Zoe McWhinney. A selection of thought provoking archive and contemporary short films bring stories about D/deaf culture and experience to the big screen. All films will include BSL dialogue and/or subtitles, and an extended introduction to the programme will be fully supported by BSL interpreters and subtitling.

With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery

Book tickets to Save the Date - screening for D/deaf audiences here:

Venue Access

Please contact the venues for any specific enquiry regarding access. The information assembled below is gathered from the information published on their respective websites, it is included here for convenience.


The ICA has one wheelchair available for use by visitors. Cinema 1, Cinema 2 and the Theatre are all accessible via platform, ramp, and lifts (max. weight on lifts 200kg). There is space for two wheelchairs in both cinemas and the Theatre can accommodate up to six wheelchair users. There is no direct access to the Upper Gallery or the cafe/bar for wheelchair users. All walking areas within the building are kept clear at all times. Seats at the ends of rows, in both cinemas allow for additional legroom. Guide dogs are welcome. The Box Office and Cinemas are equipped with an induction loop system for visitors using hearing aids.

Full Access info on the ICA website

Moth Club

Moth Club has step-free access via an alternative entrance. Please contact Elaine Wong, LSFF's Access Manager: to discuss Access needs. Wheelchair spaces can be reserved in advance for all LSFF events held at Moth Club.


Although The Rio Cinema is an old building, which presents access challenges, it is fully accessible to disabled patrons, as well as wheelchair users.

Our entrance, café, foyer and auditorium are all on street level, with step-free access. The entrance doors are power-assisted and the ground floor toilet has wheelchair access - it is located next to the auditorium.

There are three wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium. Five additional spaces are available if you book at least 24 hours in advance. The entrance to the auditorium is wide and all our wheelchair spaces are easily accessible. The two widest emergency exits from the auditorium are located at the back of the auditorium, on the left and right sides

Full Access info on the Rio website

Rich Mix Cultural Foundation

Rich Mix is fully accessible. The main entrance on Bethnal Green Road is ramped and lifts inside give access to all levels in the venue. We have accessible toilets located in reception, first floor cinema concessions area, the fourth floor where theatre spaces are located and in the cinema block there is one located on the second floor.

All disabled toilets have Radar locks fitted, please ask at box office for the key.

All cinema screens have a fully integrated infra-red system and our box office has an induction loops for guests who are hard of hearing. Visitors with hearing aids can make use of this facility by switching their hearing aid to the 'T' position.

We are also a part of the general cinema industry initiative of CEA cards, which entitles the holder to one free ticket for their carer.

All three cinema screens have wheelchairs bays. Please ask box office for more information at the time of booking.

Full Access info on the Rich Mix website

Regent St Cinema

The cinema is fully wheelchair accessible with lifts installed throughout. There are 3 wheelchair places available with seats for a carer next to them. Carers get a free ticket.
Please make bookings over the phone to ensure we have sufficient notice: 0207 911 5050

Full Access info on the Regent St Cinema website

BFI Southbank

The main BFI Southbank foyer and box office entrance is on Theatre Avenue, by the National Theatre at street level. There are stairs and a wheelchair accessible lift to gain access to the main foyer.

There is a help point phone in the foyer to call for staff if required.

Visitors using the Hayward Gallery car park may find it easier to use the lower foyer entrance facing the Royal Festival Hall. There are lifts from this area to the main foyer and NFT1.

Tickets can be purchased from the box office located in the main foyer.

There is a wheelchair accessible lift and steps with handrails lead up to the NFT1 foyer and The Riverfront. Please ask for assistance if you require escorting via an alternative route.

Access to NFT2 from the box office is via lift or stairs.

Access into NFT3 is via the main foyer Box Office area there are stairs and a lift to the rear of the auditorium; wheelchair users should ask at the Box Office counter for assistance, as the route though flat is not marked as a standard entryway.

The Studio, Library and Mediatheque are all accessed via the main foyer and Box Office area. Both café bar areas are fully accessible.

Full Access info on the BFI website

Curzon Soho

Curzon Soho is fully accessible, with lift access to all floors. We have a limited number of removable seats for wheelchair users. Customers who require this facility can get in touch with Curzon in advance of the event to make arrangements. 

Full Curzon Soho info

Online Accessibility

This website has been developed with accessibility in mind, and we strive to conform as closely as possible with industry standard best practice in accessible and open web technologies.

If you have any feedback or suggestions about improving the accessibility of the LSFF website, please email


London Short Film Festival are proud to have been awarded the BFI's Screen Diversity mark of good practice for the second year running. LSFF are committed to representing diversity on-screen and throughout the festival. 

Please keep an eye out for LSFF volunteers with feedback forms that you can tell us what you think! You can also email with any questions, comments or additional feedback.