All films for the Festival will have hearing-impaired device capability.
Hearing Impaired (HI)
For those with hearing impairment, we will be offering for all films HI audio tracks. These are audio tracks which mix down the main channel audio (Left, Center and Right) so that user can hear the audio more clearly. We offer multiple devices for users to access HI devices. At the Oriental Theatre, we use hearing loops to transmit HI audio tracks which can be received by users with T-Coil devices (such as certain hearing aids) or with devices we supply in house which receive that transmission that can be listened to via a headset. At our external venues (Times and Avalon) we supply Fidelio devices and headsets which staff will program to receive the HI track transmitted from our projection equipment.
Closed Captioning (CCAP)
We will additionally be offering closed captioning for those films that have provided closed captioning tracks (refer to list). These are tracks that filmmakers/distributors have provided which describe the dialogue and audio of the film via text displays. The devices we offer for accessing closed captioning tracks are called Captiview. These are small displays that can be mounted by the user either in a cup holder or on a seat rest and positioned so that the captions can be read while watching the film. Staff will need to program these devices for each film, and it should be noted that Closed Captions may only be available for the feature content (e.g. not on trailers)
Open Captions (OCAP)
We will be offering a few screenings at MFF in open caption form. For these screenings, the captions will be on the screen for everyone to see and no devices will be necessary.
Visual impaired (VI)
For those with visual impairment, films may be available (refer to list) with VI audio tracks. These are audio tracks authored by the filmmakers/distributors that contain the main audio channels of the film in addition to the narration that describes what is happening on the screen visually. These audio tracks are delivered to the user via a Fidelio receiver and headset which staff will program to receive the appropriate audio track.