Independent storytellers advance and challenge cultural discourse by creating stories that explore and document the world around us. We are passionate about preserving and sharing these stories for generations to come.
From press kits to posters, films to photos, and scripts to scores, the Sundance Institute Archives & Collection inspires and educates through preservation and access to seminal work of independent artists and the unique history of the organization. By sharing the history of independent storytelling, the Archives & Collection provides an opportunity for discovery and dialogue around creative work and its impact on contemporary culture.
PHOTOS, SLIDES, NEGATIVES & CONTACT SHEETS
SCRIPTS, PRESS KITS, POSTERS & PRINTED MATERIAL
DIGITAL VIDEO FILES
HOURS OF VIDEO ON 3/4", BETA, VHS & MINI DV
ASSETS IN THE ARCHIVES
To address the specific preservation risks posed to independent film, Sundance Institute partnered with the UCLA Film & Television Archive to form the Sundance Institute Collection at UCLA in 1997. The Collection at UCLA is home to hundreds of films, and we actively endeavor to rescue those that are at risk and identify titles in need of restoration. Our efforts have brought renewed attention to titles such as Hoop Dreams, Desert Hearts, Reservoir Dogs, El Mariachi, and Paris Is Burning, among many others.
IN THE COLLECTION
VHS TAPES & DVDS IN UCLA'S POWELL LIBRARY ARCHIVE RESEARCH AND STUDY CENTER
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Ever wonder when the Shorts Program and World Cinema sections were introduced at the Festival, if Heathers and sex, lies, and videotape premiered the same year, how many Festival staffers there were in 1992, or what Sundance film was the first Western movie to be shown on North Korean television? Brush up on your Festival trivia and check out our Sundance Film Festival history page.
We thrive on sharing our history and the stories of our artists.
The work you create is vital to both the history of independent storytelling and the heritage of Sundance Institute, and we strive to protect and preserve your stories. In addition to providing a safe and secure home for your film, we offer tips and guidelines to help ensure your work is not lost, no matter the medium or platform you use.
Please help us protect your stories by taking advantage of our services and contacting our knowledgeable staff. Digital preservation is ever-evolving, so always feel free to ask questions and share your findings with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us protect the history of storytelling, champion independent voices, and inspire the stories of tomorrow. Support the Archives & Collection by becoming a member of Sundance Circle.