Sundance Artist Alumni


Throughout your creative career, the Institute provides a range of professional resources and social opportunities. Benefits include alumni ticket packages for the Sundance Film Festival , events throughout the year, film preservation, consultation and support on Kickstarter campaigns, and access to digital distribution. Please find more details about each of these benefits below:


Sundance Film Festival

We’re thrilled to offer the following benefits to Sundance Alumni at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, including Alumni Credentials and ticketing access.


The Alumni Desk is located at Festival Headquarters at the Park City Marriott. Fully staffed with volunteers to help you as needed, you can check-in and pick up your Credentials/Ticket Packages here, as well as request event tickets or purchase additional tickets (based on availability).

Alumni Desk
Located near Film and Press Office Headquarters, Ballrooms 1 and 2
Park City Marriott
1895 Sidewinder Drive
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
January 22-January 31st, 2015
CLOSED February 1, 2015

Alumni Tickets & Credentials


All Sundance Institute alumni are eligible for one complimentary 2015 Sundance Film Festival Alumni Credential (see requirements below).

Alumni Credentials provide access to:

  • All non-ticketed official Festival venues
  • Access to Sundance Industry Office (SIO) Lounge (located right next door in Ballroom 1) - new this year!
  • Purchase up to 6 tickets (based on availability) at the Alumni Desk
  • Choose up to 2 event/party tickets (based on availability) at the Alumni Desk


Please email by Friday, December 12, 2014, to pre-order a complimentary Alumni Credential. Pre-ordered credentials (by December 12) will be available for pick-up beginning January 22 at the Alumni Desk at Festival Headquarters. After December 12, Alumni Credentials are available for request onsite at the Alumni Desk during the Festival.


After December 12, Alumni Credentials are available for request onsite at the Alumni Desk during the Festival. Come visit us at the Alumni Desk anytime during the Festival to request your credential. Depending on capacity, it takes about an hour to process.


We are offering the Alumni Film Lovers Ticket Packages which includes 10 tickets for $300. 

The Alumni Film Lovers Ticket Package goes on sale on Tuesday, November 18 and continues as inventory lasts until Tuesday, November 25. You’ll receive a link via email on the morning of Tuesday November 18 to the purchase website; sales will be first-come, first-served. To request to be added to the mailing list to receive information on Alumni Film Lovers Ticket Package sale, please email

Ticket Package ticket selection takes place between January 5-9.

Detailed instructions for how to select tickets will be emailed to package holders on December 17.

Alumni Film Lovers Ticket Package

Dates Valid: January 22- February 1

Cost: $300

  • Package includes 10 tickets to regular screenings and/or panel discussions.
  • Limit of 4 tickets total per screening or panel discussion (based upon availability).
  • Package holders will make their ticket selections online between January 5-9.
  • • Package includes one non-photo Festival Credential. Credentials permit access to non-theatre venues including Filmmaker Lodge, Sundance ASCAP Music Café (daytime admission), Festival Co-op, New Frontier, and Sundance House Presented by HP.

Please note that, if you have a film screening in the 2015 Festival, you are not eligible to purchase an ALumni Film Lovers Ticket Package; you will receive additional information about ticketing opportunities from your Film Office Coordinator.

Questions? aContact the Sundance Alumni Relations Depatment at


With an Alumni Credential, each alumni may purchase up to six tickets (per credential and based on availability)) onsite at the Alumni Desk during the Festival. This is a special alumni-only pool of tickets, and sales will be first-come, first-served.


We have a select number of event invitations set aside for our alumni during the Festival to meet other filmmakers, artists, composers, and industry. With an Alumni Credential, each alumni may request two tickets (per credential and based on availability) onsite at the Alumni Desk. We’ll have a limited number of tickets to select official Sundance events including Opening and Closing Night Party, Native Party, and Shorts Party.

All requests must be done in person at the Alumni Desk, and are on a first-come, first-served basis.



We all had that sense of community our first time at Sundance – whether it was at the Lab, hunkered down at the Owl Bar or battling the snow and the crowds up Main Street at the Festival. The Sundance Alumni Program is about building that community, both as a resource for you and for us.

You must be listed in the official Online Archive on the Sundance Institute website and provide us with your contact information to qualify for an Alumni Credential and other year-round benefits.

    • Sundance Institute Alumni includes Fellows, Grantees, Creative Advisors, Lab Actors, and Filmmakers from all of the Institute’s programs including the Sundance Film Festival, Feature Film Program, Theatre Program, Native and Indigenous Program, Film Music Program, Documentary Film Program, and Film Forward.
    • Festival alumni includes any cast or crew member listed in the credits of the official Sundance Film Festival Catalogue. Typically this includes the Director, Screenwriter, Producers, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, and Principal Cast.


We keep track of all of you on our searchable Online Archive – the past 30 years of Sundance Institute people and projects. You also can view full catalog pages from the Film Festival, Lab participants and group photos from the Feature Film, Theatre, Film Music, and Documentary Programs.

Please visit the Online Archive on the Sundance website to check your records. Let us know if there are inaccuracies in our records, and we’ll help you update incorrect or missing information.


Ongoing Support


As part of Sundance Institute’s mission to connect artists with audiences, this initiative helps Institute alumni navigate the marketplace of independent film distribution. From online tools to unique partnerships, Artist Services offers alumni access to distribution platforms, funding, marketing, and educational resources. If you are an alumni of Sundance Institute, click here to learn more.

Preserve Your Film

If your work has passed through the Sundance Film Festival or any of our artist development programs, the Sundance Collection at UCLA can help ensure that it is properly archived. Click here to learn more about film preservation


Are you promoting a Sundance Institute supported play, film, or artist? We've got laurels that you can use for marketing for all Festival years, awards, and Institute programs. Email us at

Giving Back

Alumni involvement is essential to the ongoing health and success of Sundance Institute. We are happy to offer a wide range of ways for alumni to participate, including serving as a panelist at a workshop or festival, advising at a residential lab, joining the Institute’s Membership program and promoting the work of the Institute through live events or web content.

Please email for more information about getting involved.


In 2003, the Institute began the Artist Trustee program in order to formally engage artists at the highest level of the organization. Representing the voices and needs of creators and their respective fields, these influential Trustees provide critical insights and enlightened perspectives that inform the Institute’s full range of activities.


Ava is a filmmaker, marketer and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, she became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director prize for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere (US Dramatic Competition). Previously, she formed the DuVernay Agency, now known as DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. The award-winning marketing and publicity firm has provided strategy and execution for more than 100 film and TV projects by directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith. Ava participated as a mentee in the inaugural year of Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative mentorship program, and was a mentor at FFP’s 2013 Screenwriters Intensive. Ava is based in Los Angeles.

Rob Epstein

Rob is a film director, producer, writer and editor. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature for the films The Times of Harvey Milk, which premiered at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival, and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. He recently transitioned from non-fiction documentaries into scripted narratives, producing the biopics HOWL (2010) and Lovelace (2013), both of which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Rob was a FFP Lab fellow with the film Howl and participated as an Advisor at the 2012 Composers + Documentary Lab. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Outfest Achievement Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where he currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is based in San Francisco, where he is a professor of film at California College of the Arts

Christine Lahti
Liesl Tommy

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning international director. Her world premieres includeParty Peopleby Universes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Loveby Joan Rang (DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of Godby Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto), Eclipsedby Danai Gurira (Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Good Negroby Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center), A History of Lightby Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Angela’s Mixtapeby Eisa Davis (Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges),Bus and Family Ties(Play Company for the Romania Kiss Me! Festival). Her other credits include California Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Centerstage, Sundance East Africa, Manda Island, Kenya, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Huntington Theatre Company, among others. Liesl is Associate Director at Berkeley Rep, serves as a Program Associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program focusing on its activities in East Africa and was recently made an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. She was awarded the inaugural Susan Stroman Directing Award from the Vineyard Theatre, the NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and the New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa.

Artist Advisory Board

The Artist Advisory Board is comprised of Sundance alumni who lend their voices to tell the story of the Institute. Directors, screenwriters, actors, theatre artists, and musicians with strong Sundance connections participate in a range of events, advisory sessions, web content, and media opportunities.


A producer and actor, known for Splinter (2008), The Killer Inside Me (2010), Four Sheets to the Wind (2007), and Ass Backwards (2013). He has been a long-time Sundance Institute supported, having participated in the Creative Producing Lab, Native Producers Workshop, and as a NativeLab Fellowship Advisor in 2013.


an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director and producer best known for such films as The War Room (1993), A Perfect Candidate (1996), The September Issue (2009), and The World According to Dick Cheney (2013), and such television series as American High (2000), Freshman Diaries (2003), 30 Days (2005), and Nashville (2012). His first narrative feature, If I Stay, stars Chloe Grace Moretz and will be released by MGM this coming August.


An American actress and recipient of the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series and the 1995 and 2005 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. She was featured as an actor in Swimmers and at the 2012 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.


A German actress and former fashion model. She is known for her roles as ‘Helen’ in Troy, ‘Dr. Abigail Chase’ in National Treasure and its sequel, ‘Bridget von Hammersmark’ in Inglorious Basterds, ‘Anna’ in Mr. Nobody, ‘The Seeker/Lacey’ in The Host, and ‘Gina’ in Unknown. As of July 2013, she starts as ‘Detective Sonya Cross’ in the FX television series The Bridge. She has appeared in both Mon Idole and The Better Angels, which have both played at the Sundance Film Festival.


An artist, director, and photographer who has created music videos for Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Jack White, U2, Gnarls Barkley, Green Day, and many more. Known for his artistically and technologically innovative approach to cross-media storytelling, Milk’s acclaimed interactive projects include The Johnny Cash Project and Wilderness Downtown (with Arcade Fire). His interactive installation artworks have been shown around the world, including New York City’s MoMA and London’s Tate Modern.


A Canadian/American film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), and Young Adult (2011). He has received four Academy Award nominations, two of which were for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and is the son of director Ivan Reitman. He has directed several projects that have been shown or developed by Sundance Institute including Operation, Gulp, In God We Trust, Whiplash, and Thank You for Smoking.


A Brazilian filmmaker and film producer of international prominence. Salles’ first notable film was Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land), released in Brazil in 1995. In 2003, Salles was voted one of the 40 Best Directors in the World by The Guardian. His biggest international success has been Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), a 2004 film about the life of young Ernesto Guevara, who later became known as Che Guevara. It was Salles’ first foray as director of a film in a language other than his native Portuguese (Spanish, in this case) and quickly became a box office hit in Latin America and Europe. In 2012, Salles released José Rivera’s screenplay adaptation of jack Kerouac’s On the Road, with Francis Ford Coppola producing. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.


An American director known for writing, directing, and producing such films as Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister, and Touchy Feely. Shelton grew up in Seattle. She describes herself as having been audacious as a young girl, but lost confidence in her creativity during adolescence. This experience contributed to the theme she explored in her 2005 film We Go Way Back.


A Swedish actor. He has been featured on HBO’s Generation Kill and True Blood. Alexander has appeared in a number of film projects including the remake of Straw Dogs (2011), Melancholia (2011), written and directed by Lars von Trier, the action sci-fi film Battleship (2012), The East (2013), directed by Zal Batmanglij, and most recently The Diary of a Teenage Girl, written and directed by Sundance Institute Fellow, Marielle Heller.


An American actress, stand-up comedian, and author best known as the creator of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On short films, which was also spun-off into a children’s book. She is know for her season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009-2010, as well as for her recurring roles on House of Lies, Parks and Recreation, and Kroll Show. Slate premiered Obvious Child at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


A film music composer and entrepreneur. Alongside his long time partner, Hans Zimmer, Smalley has been a music editor and or supervisor on Divergent, Now You See Me, Gangster Squad, The Twilight Saga, King Fu Panda, The Lion King, and Wayne’s World to name a few. Smalley has also served as a creative advisor on the Sundance Institute Composers + Documentary Lab and presented at the Composers Lab.


An American television news, documentary, and entertainment director, producer, and writer. He directly most notably Music by Prudence, which won the Academy Award for best Documentary (Short Subject). Roger Ross Williams is the first African-American director to win an Academy Award in the category of Documentary Shorts, and the first ever African-American director to win and Academy Award for directing and producing a film, short or feature. His most recent film, God Loves Uganda, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.



Rosie Wong
Associate Director, Industry and Alumni Relations


The Alumni Desk is located at Festival Headquarters at the Park City Marriott. Fully staffed with volunteers to help you as needed. You can check-in and pick up your Credentials/Ticket Packages here, as well as request event tickets or to purchase additional tickets (based on availability).

Alumni Desk
Located near Film and Press Office Headquarters
Park City Marriot
1895 Sidewinder Drive
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
January 22–January 31st, 2015
CLOSED on February 1, 2015.