The #ArtistServices program empowers filmmakers navigating the changing business of independent film. Through online resources, live workshops, and a network of allied organizations, the program provides support and insights on creative funding, marketing, and distribution. For Institute alumni, #ArtistServices offers a wide array of digital distribution opportunities, promotion and consultation for Kickstarter campaigns, and strategies for audience engagement.
Every past, current, and future Institute-supported film, plus select films from our allied nonprofit film organizations, is eligible for an unparalleled distribution deal that allows preferred and direct access to the leading online digital retailers. Working closely with the #ArtistServices team, filmmakers entering into #ArtistServices’s deal have complete control over their films’ distribution plans. This arrangement is designed for filmmakers who desire a more entrepreneurial approach to reaching their audience on their terms. Films include BURN, Particle Fever, Upstream Color, and Detropia.
We are proud to work with a group of non-profit organizations who share our commitment to providing artists with more opportunities to share their work.
#ArtistServices offers the entire independent film community an intensive series of workshops across the country and throughout the year. These daylong events, often produced in tandem with the program’s allied organizations, offer independent filmmakers dialogue and debate between field leaders, insights into industry trends, and analyses of new technologies. Workshops have been held in Park City, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, and Miami. Past topics include immersive tutorials on film deliverables and debates on causes and solutions of piracy.
In addition, useful resources, articles and case studies on key industry trends can be found here.
Through #ArtistServices, Sundance Institute became the first curatorial partner of the creative funding platform Kickstarter. Since launching the deal in 2011, with promotional support from Kickstarter and dedicated strategic consultation from the #ArtistServices staff, 200+ filmmakers have successfully completed fundraising campaigns. #ArtistServices has hosted several Kickstarter Schools—sessions devoted to explaining their service and best practices—in Park City, New York and Los Angeles.
#ArtistServices provides its filmmakers with efficient and effective promotional and marketing support. Through relationships with leading platforms such as Assemble, Instagram, Squarespace, Facebook, Twitter, GoWatchIt, Blurb and BitTorrent we provide best practices for alumni, and curate their work with Sundance Institute support.
The Sundance Institute #ArtistServices program is supported by Cinereach, Kickstarter, National Endowment for the Arts, Vimeo, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Arcus Foundation, Quiver Digital, and Hootsuite.
O’Melveny & Myers generously provided pro bono legal services for the program.