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Explore our digital archive to discover all the independent artists and stories supported through Sundance Institute’s labs and festivals.
This 1988 festival panel featured a live fire demonstration by a member of the United Stuntmen’s Association.
Indigenous filmmakers have long been involved in the Institute, going back to Larry Littlebird (Laguna/ Santo Domingo Pueblo) and Chris Spotted Eagle (Houmas Nation) who participated in the original founding meetings.
Searching took home both the Audience Award: NEXT and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize in 2018. Take a look back at all the Festival award winners.
Sundance Institute assumed creative and administrative control of the U.S. Film Festival, expanded it to 10 days, and showcased American independent and international films, including: John Schlesinger’s The Falcon and the Snowman, Robert Rosenberg and Greta Schiller’s Before Stonewall, William Duke ’s The Killing Floor, John Sayle’s Brother from Another Planet, Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields. Award-winning films included the Coen brothers’ debut film Blood Simple and Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise.
At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Brie Larson premiered the short film The Arm, which she directed with two of her best friends Jessie Ennis and Sarah Ramos. The girls pooled together a shoestring budget of $800–the largest expense being breakfast burritos according to Larson–and pursued their creative vision. Having never made a film before and being uncertain of the final product, they hesitated to even submit it to Sundance. Fortunately, they were convinced by Larson’s agent, and the trio ended up taking home a Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling.
Dear White People, Sorry to Bother You, Directors Lab Resource Actor, Sundance Film Festival Juror
Mud (Hashtł'ishnii), Full Circle Fellow, Native Filmmaker Lab Peer Advisor
Wig Out, Sundance Film Festival panelist
Pura Lengua (All Tongue), Mosquito y Mari, Los Valientes, Women at Sundance Fellow, Creative Advisor
Hooligan Sparrow, One Child Nation, Documentary Edit and Story fellow, Creative Producing fellow
After Love, Screenwriters Lab fellow, Directors Lab fellow
Director: Christopher Munch
Screenwriter: Christopher Munch
Lead Artists:Greg Bilsland, Joe Michaels, Andrew Mitrak, Jake Rubin
Key Collaborator: Dr. Bob Crockett
Director: Andrea Arnold
Screenwriter: Andrea Arnold
Director: Arthur Dong