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Sundance Film Festival 2021

2021 Sundance Film Festival at Circle Cinema presented by Cherokee Nation Film Office and FC Tulsa

Circle Cinema is proud to be an official Satellite Screen for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in Tulsa. From Thu Jan 28 – Tue Feb 2, the best new films from around the world will screen alongside great local programming and panel discussions with Oklahoma artists and filmmakers. Scroll down for more info about the Festival.

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To ensure a safe and inclusive Festival, Codes of Conduct from the Sundance Institute and Circle Cinema will be in effect at all events, both in-person and online.  Click the button below to view both Codes of Conduct on this page, or here for the Sundance Institute Code of Conduct and here for the Circle Cinema Code of Conduct. Additionally, all staff and volunteers will take part in the Sundance Institute Safety and Belonging Training. Moderators for all panel discussions will take part in the Sundance Institute Community Agreements & Moderation Training.

Festival Village is an online hub where you can explore all of Circle Cinema’s events and events for other Satellite Screens across the country. Check it out!

Click here for info on a special offer – join, renew, or upgrade your Membership to the Mogul level and receive FREE Festival tickets!


Tickets on sale 1pm Thu Jan 7

All films will screen simultaneously at Admiral Twin Drive-In and Circle Cinema, with the exception of Prime Time on Mon Feb 1 which will only screen at Circle Cinema. Tickets for Admiral Twin Drive-In are double-feature style, allowing admission to both Festival films that day. Tickets are one per vehicle, $20 for Circle Cinema Members and $25 general admission. Tickets for screenings at Circle Cinema are on an individual film basis, $10 for Circle Cinema Members and $15 general admission.

Click here to see the films playing in Tulsa for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival


Alongside the Festival films, Circle Cinema will also present online programming in collaboration with local artists and filmmakers. Short films, music, thought-provoking panel discussions, and more – all available to watch free online through Circle Cinema. Click here for event details.

Presenting the Festival Safely is our Top Priority


Most Festival films will screen at the Admiral Twin Drive-In, allowing viewers to enjoy the experience worry-free from the comfort of their own vehicles.

For films and events indoors at Circle Cinema, our COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place and strictly enforced. The Tulsa Health Department has approved our measures as meeting CDC guidelines. Click here for detailed info on safety measures.

Circle Cinema’s Code of Conduct will also be in effect at all screenings and events.


The Sundance Institute supports bold, creative, independent art and artists.

Our spaces and events encourage the open exchange of ideas and perspectives with a freely flowing discourse anchored in mutual respect. Robust and inclusive debate is intrinsic to our community values and we encourage all festival goers to follow the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.

We hold steadfast in our commitment to freedom of creative expression while simultaneously lifting up anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-discriminatory practices in all areas of the Sundance Institute Community. We strive to protect community members from conduct that is inappropriate, disruptive, abusive, or threatening.

Therefore, we ask that everyone in the Festival community—artists, audiences, volunteers, press, industry, staff, and beyond—does their part in creating an environment that is welcoming to all by committing to being:

  • Inclusive and respectful of people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, age, physical appearance and body size, language spoken, and immigration or economic status
  • Intentional with your words by abstaining from hate speech or actions of any kind, including the abuse of chat functions (ex. trolling)
  • Mindful of the personal space and boundaries of others by avoiding unwelcome sexual attention, harassment, stalking, and inappropriate physical contact of any kind
  • Respectful of moderators, artists, and audience members by refraining from sustained disruption of screenings, sessions, talks, or other events
  • Conscious of the power you hold by not engaging in abuse or intimidation including that related to race, gender, position, or wealth,
  • Considerate of the work of artists by refraining from phishing and pirating the work of Sundance filmmakers

If you experience or witness any inappropriate conduct, you can report it via one of the following methods and a member of the Safety & Belonging Team will respond as soon as possible, no later than 12 hours.

All incidents that violate our commitment to one another will be subject to an immediate and equitable review process. Click here for more on that process, as well as our Community Commitments.


Our mission is to use film to foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the human experience and create community among the viewers in the restored historic Circle Cinema.

As a part of meeting that mission, we seek to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where community members with diverse views and experiences can come together to enjoy films, events and other programming. To help ensure this provision, we have established a Code of Conduct that applies to everyone at our venue, at our off-site venues and events, and to participants in our social media channels. Filmgoers, members, guests, program/event attendees, user groups, community partners, staff, volunteers, donors, vendors and press are all held to the same standards. We reserve the right to ban or restrict from our premises, events and programs (on or off-site) anyone who violates this Code of Conduct.

Circle Cinema values personal safety and everyone’s right to attend programs and events free of harassment, threats, mistreatment or discrimination, especially in connection to race or ethnicity, national origin, gender identity or presentation, sex or sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, physical appearance, language proficiency or citizenship status. 

The following activities are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated:

  • Bullying, intimidation, stalking or threats in person or online
  • Sustained disruption of events
  • Violence or assault of any kind
  • Physical intimidation
  • Inappropriate or unwanted physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or joking
  • Use of epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping
  • Possession of firearms, explosives or other weapons on our premises or at an off-site event
  • Any conduct that endangers the life, safety, health or well-being of any filmgoer, guest, program attendee, member, employee, volunteer, vendor or other person at our venue or at one of our off-site events.

What to do:

  • If you are asked to stop any harassing behavior, STOP IMMEDIATELY!
  • If you witness any form of harassment, please contact a staff member with details and your contact information. The situation will be addressed. To file a formal report, email Stephanie LaFevers, Circle Cinema Executive Director at and the complaint will be investigated.
  • If you feel unsafe in your immediate situation, alert staff or personnel on duty and move to a safe location.


“It is exciting for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to come to Tulsa.” said Circle Cinema Programmer Chuck Foxen. “This is America’s largest independent film festival, it’s a big deal for Circle Cinema and for Tulsa. I have attended the Festival in Utah for the last 10 years, and most of the major films that play at Circle Cinema are first seen at the Festival. This will be an opportunity for Oklahoma to see award-winning movies before anyone else, with added enrichment of filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, and more.”

“To be selected as the only Satellite Screen in Oklahoma is a tremendous honor, and a testament to Tulsa’s status as a national arts destination. Circle Cinema is proud to be a part of this community as an independent, non-profit, art house theatre,” added Clark Wiens, Circle Cinema Co-Founder and Board President. “We hope the Festival may serve as a return to celebrating film on the big screen, and it must be said that the health of our guests is our top priority. We would not be hosting the Festival if it wasn’t possible to do so safely.”

Cherokee Nation Film Office on joining as a title sponsor: “The Cherokee Nation Film Office has a well-established relationship with the Sundance Film Festival as we first announced our film office’s existence at the festival in Park City two years ago and then sponsored the first ever Indigenous Lounge at Sundance in 2020,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Both the Cherokee Nation Film Office and the Sundance Institute see the value and need for Native American films and filmmakers to tell authentic stories. In northeast Oklahoma, this continues to be one of the most promising and rapidly growing industries.”

Abby Kurin, Executive Director of Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts, & Culture, said “Sundance Film Festival is the beacon of what’s coming next in the world of film. To have the opportunity to host the festival in Tulsa with Circle Cinema is perfectly timed to Tulsa’s rise in the film industry. The film community sees that Tulsa is an ideal location for film projects. Minari, for example, shot here on location last year and was selected for the Sundance Audience Favorite and Best Dramatic Feature this year. Sundance now choosing Tulsa as a Community Partner Hub is monumental recognition of both Circle Cinema and Tulsa’s relevance to film.”

On the opportunities the Festival brings to the city, Tulsa Regional Tourism President Ray Hoyt said, “We are honored to learn that the 2021 Sundance Film Festival will be coming to Tulsa’s Circle Cinema. Film, music, and the arts comprise a robust and vibrant cultural experience for both locals and visitors, and Tulsa has a longstanding history of both great films and filmmakers. We’re delighted to get to show Tulsa off to visitors traveling to experience these events here safely.”

“The Sundance Film Festival is one of the most notable and prestigious film festivals in the world, and we couldn’t be prouder to support and celebrate this pivotal milestone alongside Tulsa’s Circle Cinema and its community partners,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “We are honored movie fans and filmmakers will be reminded that Oklahoma has inspired creativity and welcomed independent film production in our state for decades, including this year’s official Sundance Selection ‘Wild Indian’, which was filmed in Oklahoma. We look forward to joining Circle Cinema in these efforts that will further showcase our heartland hospitality, trained workforce, innovative businesses, diverse locations, competitive incentives and overall quality of life that keep filmmakers coming back for more.”