On the big screen, Abertoir celebrates horror and all the complex feelings the genre can invoke – off-screen we strive to provide comfort, pleasure and joy for all.
We take great pride that Abertoir is a welcoming and inclusive festival for its attendees, guests and staff. This code of conduct seeks to elaborate and make explicit our stance on this, and outlines the standard of behaviour we expect of ourselves and our visitors.
At Abertoir, we treat people with respect, kindness, compassion and good humour. We embrace everyone’s identities, experiences and contributions, as well as everyone’s right to freedom of expression. We are mindful that “no” is a complete sentence.
We do not tolerate harassment, bullying or intimidation of any kind. This applies to any behaviour during the festival, related social events and our online spaces. By attending the festival you agree to abide by this code of conduct.
What is harrassment?
Harassment can include, but is not limited to:
- Offensive or insulting language
- Unwanted physical contact
- Physical assault of any kind
- Unwanted sexual attention
- Unwanted photography or videoing
This is particularly true when specifically targeted at someone’s:
- Race or ethnicity
- Gender identity and expression
- Disability or medical condition (including pregnancy)
- National origin or citizenship status
What to do
If you witness or experience any of this behaviour, please inform a member of festival staff immediately. Support team staff will ensure that a senior member of the team is informed.
Conversations will be kept confidential as standard unless otherwise requested. Where behaviour is potentially unlawful, we will assist in dealing with the matter appropriately and sensitively.
If you are found to be in breach of this code, you will be asked to leave the festival immediately, with no refund offered.
We’re all here because of our love for horror films and the cinema experience. Thanks for helping us make Abertoir a festival that everyone can enjoy.
We also abide by both our venue and funder policies, see also:
- BFI Principles to tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and racism in the screen industries. – Abertoir receives funding from the BFI, awarded by Ffilm Cymru Wales, and therefore adheres to these principles.
- Aberystwyth University Dignity and Respect at Work policy – this policy applies to venue staff and as a festival we ask that our staff and volunteers follow this policy too.