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“In our work at our different agencies and institutions, we have seen the power of storytelling to connect with audiences here and abroad, and to light the fires of curiosity about other cultures, creativity and a greater understanding of the world around us.” -Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Film Forward is an initiative of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Film Forward represents the best of our uniquely American interdependent system of cultural support, drawing on the expertise and resources of several federal agencies and the leadership of a private sector partner like the Sundance Institute. Together we believe the arts and humanities are essential elements in international cooperation and are fundamental to creating an engaged and informed society.

Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth,Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities, and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives. Building partnerships in the arts and humanities is central to the mission of the President’s Committee. First Lady Michelle Obama is the Honorary Chair of the PCAH.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the nation's leading supporters of high quality humanities projects in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education, research and public programs.  Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow @US_IMLS on Twitter and on Facebook.