We aim for SQIFF events to be as inclusive as possible and try to meet the following measures:

All venues accessible for wheelchairs, including for filmmaker guests, artists, and performers as well as audience members.

All films screen with English subtitles or captions to make them more accessible for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences. (We have found that non-native English speakers and people with various concentration difficulties also appreciate subtitles!)

Events have BSL interpretation for any introductions, Q&As, or discussions.

Venues have a hearing loop available.

We have gender-neutral toilets available at our venues (where the venue will allow!).

We use Content Notes in our print and online advertising and mention any potentially distressing subject matter at the start of events.

Events are free or inexpensive.

We aim to create a generally safe and inclusive environment and ask people to respect each other and be sensitive to the diversity of identities which exist within LGBTI and queer communities. Audience members should feel they can speak to SQIFF staff or volunteers at any time if they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable.

We are always working to improve access and are looking at introducing more measures, including, for example, comfy seating and better provision for audience members who can’t sit for long periods of time or who need extra moral/emotional support at events. At our 2016 Festival, we provided audio description for two feature films and would like to have this available for more films/events.

We welcome any feedback or suggestions on any of the above measures. Please contact us on

SQIFF panel discussion with BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter

A SQIFF panel discussion with BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation. Photo by Stuart Crawford.