Accessibility

This page contains all Fest accessibility information and, when the schedule is announced, we will list all 2020 screenings with ASL interpretation and accessibility features here. Each and every year we strive to make the Fest more accessible and are excited to offer a few new accessibility features for 2020 including audio description and closed captioning for a small number of films. 

The festival footprint is relatively compact. The two fest venues that are furthest apart are less than three-quarters of a mile away from each other, and most fest venues are even closer; just a few blocks apart.

Accessible Parking

The City of Columbia will waive the hourly limit for accessible metered parking during the festival to accommodate those who want to grab a bite and catch a show (note that ADA hang tags will continue to be enforced, and normal parking meter fees apply).

ASL Interpretation

We offer sign language interpretation at select festival Q&As and events; those screenings and events are designated as such in the schedule, both in our program book and online.

Venue Accessibility

All film and public special event venues have wheelchair accessible entries, exits, restrooms, and access to Fest-provided drinking water stations. Festival staff are happy to provide needed assistance, and venue management (Venue Captains and Assistant Venue Captains) are specifically trained to provide exceptional assistance for persons with disabilities. For assistance, please check in with venue staff when you arrive at the venue. Persons with disabilities may arrive at a venue and/or enter a venue early if needed, either to be seated – if you have a ticket – or to wait in a seat in the lobby – if you are using the Q.

Assisted Listening Devices/Audio Description

Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre, and Ragtag Cinema provide a limited number of assistive listening devices for audio amplification and audio description. Films with available audio description include: Crip Camp, Dick Johnson is Dead, and Mucho Mucho Amor (see schedule below). Any film screening at Jesse, Missouri, and Ragtag can be viewed with audio amplification. Devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To access listening devices, check in with venue staff when you arrive. If you anticipate using an assisted listening device, we recommend reaching out to us before the Fest so we can reserve a device for you.
Due to the nature of independent filmmaking, most films shown at the fest are not formatted for audio description. We anticipate 1-3 films having audio description available.

Closed Captioning + Subtitles

Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre, and Ragtag Cinema offer CaptiView, a personal closed-captioning device that attaches to your seat. Films with available closed captioning will be listed in our program and online. Devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To access listening devices, check in with venue staff when you arrive. If you anticipate using a closed captioning device, we recommend reaching out to us before the fest so we can reserve a device for you. Due to the nature of independent filmmaking, most films shown at the fest are not formatted for closed captioning. We anticipate 1-5 films having closed captioning available.

Due to the large number foreign-language films that we program each year, nearly half of the festival films are subtitled. Please note that these films are subtitled, not close-captioned. These are also designated as such in our program book and online.

Wheelchair Seating

All venues have wheelchair seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check in with the Venue Captain when you arrive at the venue.

QUESTIONS? For more information about festival accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Operations Manager Carly Love at [email protected], or call us at: 573.442.8783.

Included here is a map that highlights the venues with assisted listening devices, indicate where the main entrance is for each venue, and in those cases where the main entrance is not accessible, we will note where the accessible entrance is located. Click here for a downloadable PDF. An updated version of this map will also be in our program booklet, for easy access during the festival weekend.

Films

Films with both Closed Captioning & Audio Description

CRIP CAMP

  • Thu, Mar 5 / 7:15PM / Jesse Auditorium
  • Fri, Mar 6 / 10:00PM / Jesse Auditorium
  • Sat, Mar 7 / 11:45AM / The Globe / Priority Q access via the Silver Circle Bay for patrons in need of accessible seating. This screening will be played with open caption and open audio description.
  • Sun, Mar 8 / 12:45PM / Missouri Theatre

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

  • Sat, Mar 7 / 7:00PM / Jesse Auditorium
  • Sun, Mar 8 / 7:00PM / Missouri Theatre

MUCHO MUCHO AMOR

  • Sat, Mar 7 / 9:45PM / Jesse Auditorium
  • Sun, Mar 8 / 3:30PM / Missouri Theatre

Film with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of Intro and Q&A

ASWANG

  • Sat, Mar 7 / 5:45PM / Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note
  • Sat, Mar 7 / 9:30PM / Gannett Hall

CAMPFIRE STORIES

  • Fri, Mar 6 / 9:30PM / Studio 4

CATSKIN

  • Sat, Mar 7 / 12:15PM / Big Ragtag

COLLECTIVE

  • Sat, Mar 7 / 3:30PM / Missouri Theatre

CRIP CAMP

  • Thu, Mar 5 / 7:15PM / Jesse Auditorium
  • Fri, Mar 6 / 10:00PM / Jesse Auditorium
  • Sat, Mar 7 / 11:45AM / The Globe / Priority Q access via the Silver Circle Bay for patrons in need of accessible seating. This screening will be played with open caption and open audio description.
  • Sun, Mar 8 / 12:45PM / Missouri Theatre

FAITH

  • Sun, Mar 8 / 2:45PM / Gannett Hall

MAYOR

  • Fri, Mar 6 / 2:30PM / The Picturehouse

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS

  • Fri, Mar 6 / 11:00AM / Missouri Theatre

THE MOLE AGENT

  • Fri, Mar 6 / 7:15PM / Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note
  • Sat, Mar 7 / 9:30AM / Jesse Auditorium

MUCHO MUCHO AMOUR

  • Thu, Mar 5 / 7:30PM / Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note

RIDGE

  • Fri, Mar 6 / 2:00PM / Big Ragtag

SEVEN YEARS IN MAY

  • Fri, Mar 6 / 4:00PM / The Globe

THAT CLOUD NEVER LEFT

  • Sun, Mar 8 / 3:00PM / Big Ragtag

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

  • Sat, Mar 7 / 12:15PM / Missouri Theatre
  • Sun, Mar 8 / 12:45PM / Jesse Auditorium