Sundance Catalyst connects culturally-engaged film investors and funders with highly-anticipated film projects and with the Sundance community. The goal is to foster a meaningful dialogue that opens new paths to production for the most promising new independent films and to create a culture where investors and filmmakers can build fertile partnerships for the long-term. Over three days at the Sundance Resort each September, the invitation-only Catalyst Forum introduces prospective financiers to a slate of 10-12 top-notch, Sundance-supported documentary and fiction projects seeking financing. Through project presentations, individually scheduled meetings, and informal social gatherings, investors interface directly with filmmakers, top advisors, and Sundance program leadership. Additionally the schedule delves into the risks and rewards of film investing through case studies, round table discussions, special screenings and artist conversations.
Impact of Catalyst
As a result of the first four years of Catalyst Forum gatherings, more than $13 million has been raised for 47 documentary and fiction film projects. Ryan White’s tour-de-force documentary series The Keepers was picked up by Netflix at Catalyst. Six Catalyst films made waves at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: Beach Rats (U.S. Dramatic Directing Award), Chasing Coral (U.S. Documentary Audience Award), The Force (U.S. Documentary Directing Award), Patti Cake$, Strong Island (Special Jury Award for Storytelling), and Unrest (Special Jury Award for Editing). Five Catalyst films-- The Bad Kids (Special Jury Award for Verite Filmmaking), Hooligan Sparrow, Newtown, Audrie & Daisy and Jacqueline (Argentine)--premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Four Catalyst projects premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, including The Hunting Ground, Cartel Land (U.S. Documentary Directing and Cinematography Awards), 3 ½ Minutes and Ten Bullets (Special Jury Award for Social Impact) and The Witch (U.S. Dramatic Directing Award). At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the Catalyst project, Rich Hill, won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Meanwhile, additional Catalyst projects such as Indian Point (2015 Tribeca Film Festival), Speed Sisters (2015 Hot Docs Film Festival), Mediterranea (2015 Cannes Film Festival), Shadow World (2016 Tribeca Film Festival), Solitary (2016 Tribeca Film Festival), They Call Us Monsters (2016 Los Angeles Film Festival), Dara Ju (2017 SXSW Film Festival), and The House of Tomorrow (2017 San Francisco International Film Festival)--are flourishing.
Learn more about our slate of completed Catalyst films and where you can watch them below.
Sundance Institute and The Harnisch Foundation have joined forces to launch Catalyst Women, a groundbreaking new program offering creative investors the opportunity to directly support women-led film projects! The inaugural program will take place May 4–5, 2017 in New York City. To participate in this event as a creative investor and learn more about the Catalyst and Women at Sundance communities, contact Becca Keating, assistant director of individual giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-360-1981. Filmmaker submissions are now closed.