Guidelines of Accessibility Standards in the Public Exhibition of Feature Films in Cinema Theatres

  • The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has issued guidelines for the public exhibition of feature films in cinema theatres for persons with hearing and visual impairments. 
  • The guidelines aim to ensure accessibility for all feature films, including those certified in more than one language, within 6 months and all others within 2 years. 
  • At least one accessibility feature for the hearing and visually impaired is required, including closed captioning and audio description. 
  • The guidelines also include additional accessibility features such as “Indian Sign Language” interpretation by interpreters. 
  • Film producers are required to deliver the film for certification to CBFC along with files of accessibility features. 
  • The implementation schedule includes compliance with the guidelines within 6 months for feature films certified in more than one language and 2 years for all others. 
  • Accessible features can be deployed by cinema theatres using separate equipment, mobile apps, or other technologies. 
  • The initiative aligns with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, which mandates government action to promote universal access and inclusion in information and communication, including access to films.
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