Circle Cinema Code of Conduct

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.


In an effort to maintain as safe an indoor environment as possible, Circle Cinema requires any person who comes inside its building or an off-site building or enclosed space it is using for programming to be wearing a face mask covering both the nose and the mouth. There are no exceptions. This requirement includes filmgoers, attendees, guests, user groups, staff, volunteers, vendors, and press. For those wanting to attend Circle Cinema programming who are unable to wear a face mask, we invite you to attend our outdoor drive-in programming or an outdoor seated event where special seating can be provided.

Sundance Institute Code of Conduct

For all 2021 Sundance Film Festival events, both in-person and online, the Sundance Institute Code of Conduct will also be in effect. Click here for more.

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.