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Films for All | In Focus | On Subtitling and Sign Language

What is necessary to provide access to audio-visual media for the deaf or hard of hearing? Inclusion is the duty of everyone in and that includes filmmakers, producers, distributors, cinema operators, and those mount film festivals. Accessible film versions and infrastructure can and should make films accessible to diverse audiences. With interpretation into German sign language (DGS), expanded subtitles (SDH), and induction loop and RF systems, the deaf and hard of hearing can also enjoy films.

This panel discussion examined the following issues: What are the requirements of a deaf or hard of hearing audience? What criteria should be applied in the selection and quality assurance of SDH (subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing)? What steps need to be taken during ? What distribution channels are available?

Panellists: Matthias Müller (Deutscher Schwerhörigenbund), Ralph Raule (Beauftragter für Medien und Digitalisierung/Deutscher Gehörlosen-Bund), Stephanie Wagner (Constantin Film), Martina Urgesi (subtitle production), Marco Lipski (editor, rbb DGS) and Ines Helke (social educator, BdS).
Host: Iris Meinhardt (Bayerischer Rundfunk)

This expert discussion is part of the “Films for All” series, a cooperation between the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Relating to Persons with Disabilities and the Deutsche Kinemathek, with the kind support of the Berlin Film Festival.

This video recording was realised with the kind support of ARRI.


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