Us and Safer Spaces

Our Films

We have only one rule of thumb:

We do not make films that have hateful, sexist, racist, homophobic, or transphobic messages.

We’re looking forward to seeing films with diverse subject matter – but please take a minute to consider, when telling a story about, for example, marginalized people, if you are in danger of reinforcing harmful stereotypes.

The organizers don’t have the time, nor the resources, to look through each film before they are screened, so everyone needs to take this responsibility very seriously. If you are unsure about whether your film reinforces negative stereotypes, talk with other people about it beforehand.

Our Guidelines

Let’s be conscious of our privileges and make space for everyone

One secret of kino is creating a non-hierarchical space in which everyone can bloom. There are many kinds of privilege; differences in gender, race, ethnicity, disability, mental health status, class, education and language.

In particular, technical skills, experience, and social connections matter a lot at kinos, too. If you find yourself in a privileged position in some way, be considerate, share what you can, and lift others up as much as you can!

Don’t make assumptions about people – let everyone define themselves.

Don’t make assumptions or comments about gender, sexuality, culture, race, age, disability status, body type, etc. People will give you the attributes they want you to have; stick to that. Everyone has a right to be gendered – or not gendered – by their own standards and to go by whichever pronoun(s) they want to go.

The kino is a busy environment, with a lot of people though, and people might make mistakes. If you make a mistake, take notice and pay more attention the next time. If someone makes a mistake with you, we hope you are patient enough to tell them where they went wrong.

Don’t assign people roles they didn’t ask for, and don’t assume people have a certain skill set if they haven’t claimed to. Communication goes a long way here – as it does with everything!

Respect everyone’s boundaries – both physical and emotional.

The only way to know where someone’s boundaries are is to ask! If you are leading a project, make sure everyone who joins your project knows what they consent to, and then negotiate the consent every time something new or different comes along. Keep everyone up to date, and ensure that they are comfortable with what happens and is expected of them.

For people entering a project: if you are not sure what it involves, ask. If you feel uncomfortable or are unsure about something that you are expected to do, say it. And if you still find yourself facing demands that make you feel bad and communication doesn’t help, you can say no at any point and quit the project.

If you need any help, if you have questions, or need support in a problematic situation, do not hesitate to ask the organizers.

If there’s a problematic situation, it is good to say it aloud. The second thing is to get one of the organizers to go through it with you and help the dialogue if needed. The sooner you contact the organizers, the more quickly they can offer support and help with resolving the situation. Also, if something feels a bit awkward but you don’t quite know what it is, it might be a good idea to sit down and chat with someone. Often things feel more clear afterwards.

If someone accuses you of something, we first suggest you take a deep breath and maybe a break. Don’t immediately dismiss someone making an accusation, wait for the emotions to pass and then, with some distance, think about the situation and your role in it. Remember that the organizers are here for you too, and making a mistake doesn’t mean you will be excluded or dismissed. Let’s go through it together and then move on.

Only when someone repeatedly and intentionally breaks these rules and problematic situations continue to occur in spite of common efforts to solve them, will the person in question be asked to leave the workshop.

Remember, we are here for each other.