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 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 screening tickets (based on availability).

Alumni Desk
Located near Film and Press Office Headquarters, Ballrooms 1 and 2

Park City Marriott
1895 Sidewinder Drive

Hours of Availability

January 19-28, 2017
8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
January 29, 2017
Alumni Tickets & Credentials


All Sundance Institute supported alumni are eligible for one complimentary 2017 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)
  • 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 9, 2016, to pre-order a complimentary Alumni Credential. Pre-ordered credentials (by December 9) will be available for pick-up beginning January 19 at the Alumni Desk at Festival Headquarters. After December 9, Alumni Credentials are available for request onsite at the Alumni Desk during the Festival.


After December 9, 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 10 Ticket Package which includes 10 tickets for $300.

The Alumni 10 Ticket Package goes on sale on Tuesday, November 22 and continues as inventory lasts until Friday, December 2. Sales will be first-come, first-served provided you meet eligibility requirements. To request to be added to the mailing list to receive information on Alumni 10 Ticket Package sale, please email


Dates Valid: January 19-29, 2017

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).
  • Alumni 10 Ticket Package holders will make their ticket selections online between January 3-6, 2017.
  • Package includes one non-photo Festival Credential. Credentials permit access to non-theatre venues (including all sponsor venues).

Please note that, if you have a film that has been accepted into the 2017 Festival, you are not eligible to purchase an Alumni 10 Ticket Package; you will receive additional information about ticketing opportunities from your assigned Film Office Liaison.

Questions? Contact the Sundance Alumni Relations Department 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 and must be made in person at the Alumni Desk.


We have a select number of Institute and Festival event invitations set aside for our alumni during the Festival to meet other filmmakers, artists, composers, and industry. With an Alumni Credential or Alumni 10 Ticket Package, each alumni may request two event tickets (per credential and based on availability) onsite at the Alumni Desk. All requests must be made in person at the Alumni Desk.



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.

To qualify as Sundance Institute Alumni, you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A filmmaker/artist that has been selected for and received support from an Institute lab, fellowship, or grant.
  • A filmmaker/artist that has directed a film/installation that has been selected for inclusion in the Sundance Film Festival.


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.

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler began his film career at USC and garnered attention for his feature film Fruitvale Station and his three short films Locks, Gap and Fig which have played numerous film festivals and won numerous awards over the past few years. Ryan was a participant in the 2013 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab where he developed his first feature, Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. The film won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and also won the Un Certain Regard category at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 2013 Vanguard Award presented by Sundance Institute and Tiffany & Co. Ryan’s next feature project was Creed, a revival of the Rocky franchise, which premiered in 2015. Ryan is not only an accomplished filmmaker but also a passionate activist. Most recently, he organized a #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event in Flint, Michigan to raise money and awareness for the Flint water crisis. In April of 2016, he was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. Ryan’s next feature project will be writing and directing Black Panther for Marvel.


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

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. She wrote the book and lyrics for musical Fun Home, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori, which won five 2015 Tony awards including Best Musical and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lisa’s other plays include In The Wake, Well, and the Obie Award winning 2.5 Minute Ride. As an actor she received a Tony award nomination for her performance in Well and a Lortel Award for her turn as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, a Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and grants from the Creative Capital and NYFA. Lisa is also founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers. She serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony and the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Liesl Tommy

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning international director. Her world premieres include Party People by Universes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Love by Joan Rang (DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto), Eclipsed by Danai Gurira (Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center), A History of Light by Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Angela’s Mixtape by 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.



Rosie Wong
Associate Director, Industry and Alumni Relations