Creative Distribution Initiative

Creative Funding

Through the Creative Distribution Initiative, 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 Creative Distribution Initiative staff, over 400 filmmakers have successfully completed fundraising campaigns.

The Creative Distribution Initiative is happy to consult on and support crowdfunding campaigns from all platforms in addition to and including Kickstarter.

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The Creative Distribution Initiative provides its filmmakers with efficient and effective promotional and marketing support. Through relationships with leading platforms such as Assemble, Instagram, Squarespace, Facebook, Twitter, GoWatchIt, and Blurb we provide best practices for alumni, and curate their work with Sundance Institute support.

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Support of the Creative Distribution Initiative

The Sundance Institute Creative Distribution Initiative is supported by Cinereach, Kickstarter, National Endowment for the Arts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Arcus Foundation.

O’Melveny & Myers generously provided pro bono legal services for the program.

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Non-Profit Alliance

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.