The Collection

If your film has played at the Sundance Film Festival or passed through any of Sundance Institute's artist development programs, we encourage you to protect it!

Film Preservation
Whit Stillman's Metropolitan

All too often, independent films fall victim to loss or damage as a result of poor storage, changing ownership, closing labs and companies, or neglect. As a result, quality prints of many films become difficult or impossible to find.

Let us help you protect your work.

Three Things You Can Do:

  1. Establish the whereabouts and condition of your negative and other irreplaceable elements and consider depositing them, along with prints and access copies, in UCLA's state-of-the-art archive facility, where they'll be properly maintained and safeguarded.
  2. Help us build the most comprehensive access library for the study of American independent cinema by donating a video copy (DVD, VHS, whatever you have) to be placed at UCLA's Archive Research and Study Center in Powell Library, where they are available only for on-site viewing to qualified researchers.
  3. Contact us. We can talk you through best archival practices.

Your work is important both to independent film and the heritage of Sundance Institute, we hope that you'll help us protect your film. Our FAQ page should answer any questions you have about the purpose and procedures of the archive.

We look forward to hearing from you. For more information, contact:

Sundance Institute
Attn: Collection
5900 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90036
310-360-1981
collection@sundance.org