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Creative Producing Summit

2013 State of the Union panelists (left to right) Victoria Cook, Michael Barker, Anthony Bregman, Lisa Nishimura, Tom Quinn, Jess Search, John Sloss
Photo Credit: Jonathan Hickerson

As part of the Institute's evolving commitment to independent producers and in recognition of their importance in the creation and distribution of independent film, Sundance created the Creative Producing Summit, which takes place each summer at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

Over the three-day gathering, the Creative Producing Summit provides a forum for top industry professionals, producers, and directors to focus on three primary avenues of dialogue: narrative producing, documentary producing, and the state of the independent film industry. Over 40 panelists representing the leaders of the independent film industry are on hand for a series of curated panels, case studies, roundtables, and one-on-one meetings. Each day's programmed events allow for a revolving series of conversations around critical issues producers face such as financing, distribution, audience engagement, marketing, and sustainability.

The intense focus  of daily meetings is offset by a collegial and lively atmosphere during other events including evening receptions, group meals, and evening panels and presentations. Fostering community among participating producers with the involvement of key figures in the independent film industry continues to be cornerstones of the Creative Producing Summit.

The Summit is an invitation-only event for up to 40 producers and directors identified through the full array of the Institute's programs including the Sundance Film Festival. Building on Sundance Institute's philosophy of extending a broad continuum of creative and strategic support to diverse projects, the Summit targets producers and projects already being nurtured through Labs, Fellowships, grants, and Festival participation, or those with potential to be supported by Sundance Institute programs.

The 2013 Creative Producing Summit took place August 2 - 4, 2013 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Multimedia artist Doug Aitken, whose installation Sleepwalkers was featured in New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, delivered a keynote opening address on storytelling and the creative process.

The 2013 Creative Producing Summit included industry attendees such as Jay Baker, Creative Artists Agency; Michael Barker, Sony Pictures Classics; Jason Michael Berman, Producer; Josh Braun, Submarine Entertainment; Anthony Bregman, Likely Story; Matt Brodlie, Exclusive Media; Shane Carruth, Writer-Director; Dan Cogan, Impact Partners; Victoria S. Cook, Frankfurt Kurnit; Jana Diesner, PhD; Ava DuVernay, Producer-Director; Philipp Engelhorn, Cinereach; Heidi Ewing, Loki Films; Alexis Garcia, William Morris Endeavor; Julie Goldman, Motto Pictures; Andrew Herwitz, The Film Sales Company; Bill Holderman, Wildwood Enterprises; William Horberg, Wonderful Films; Kevin Iwashina, Preferred Content; Cynthia Kane, Al Jazeera; Adella Ladjevardi, Cinereach; David Magdael, David Magdael & Associates; Sophie Mas, RT Features; Paul Mezey, Journeyman Pictures; Eddy Moretti, Vice; Lisa Nishimura, Netflix; Erin Owens, Long Shot Factory; Elise Pearlstein, Storyhead Productions; Tom Quinn, Radius-TWC; Rena Ronson, United Talent Agency; Noah Sacco, A24; Jeremy Saulnier, Writer-Director; Anish Savjani, filmscience; Jonathan Schwartz, Super Crispy Entertainment; Jess Search, Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation; Mary Jane Skalski, Next Wednesday Films; John Sloss, Cinetic Media; Rodrigo Teixeira, RT Features; Molly Thompson, A&E IndieFilms; Michael Tuckman, mTuckman Media; Michael Weber, The Match Factory; and Diane Weyermann, Participant Media.