A Community of Supporters

How You Can Support Sundance Institute

Our community of supporters resemble the artists they champion – dynamic, committed, and diverse – which is why there are many ways to support the Sundance Institute. Whether you’re an individual donor interested in joining our Theatre Circle, a corporation looking to align your brand with the Sundance Film Festival, or a foundation seeking innovative ways to create social change, Sundance Institute connects you to the artists and programs you are most eager to support. Your investment preserves the work of artists in film, theatre, and music allowing thoughtful, provocative, independent voices to flourish.

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Become a Member

Become a Member today and join a community of like-minded individuals who believe in the power of great art. As a Sundance Institute Member, you’ll receive insider information on the best new films, plays and artists while receiving valuable benefits and discounts that complement your enthusiasm for adventurous storytelling. Learn More.

Become an Individual Patron

Whether your love is for theatre, film, the Festival or the Institute overall, we have the perfect program to connect you with your passion. Discover the ways to support Sundance Institute from a one-time gift through the Artist Fund, to joining Sundance Circle for year-round Institute engagement to championing the independent artists and stories you love through Leadership Giving. Learn More.

Become a Corporate Supporter

Sundance Institute builds multi-faceted partnerships for leading brands to engage with a creative community of artists and audiences. From Film Festival sponsorships to named artist fellowships that provide funding to artists during their creative process, there are many unique ways to engage with Sundance Institute Learn More.

Become a Foundation Partner

Foundation Giving enables Sundance Institute to support the vital work of independent storytellers. We work closely with each foundation to connect it to Institute activities that reflect shared values and priorities. Learn More.

Become a Government Supporter

Government partnerships are a vital part of our existence. Contributions from federal, state, and community agencies and embassies serve artists and audiences and provide endorsements for our local, national, and international work. Learn More.

Attend an Event

Sundance Institute hosts special events across the country year-round to celebrate independent artists and to raise funds to support groundbreaking new work for the screen and stage. Join us!

Upcoming Events

At the heart of Sundance Institute is a community of artists, friends, and supporters who believe in the value of bold, creative, independent voices. Throughout the year and around the country, our events connect, grow, and inspire this community by offering resources, sharing new work, and exploring the ideas that shape our culture.

We invite you to join us at our upcoming events to experience the magic of creative storytelling and our Artist Programs. To learn more about an event or see how you can attend please contact giving@sundance.org or call 310-492-2325.

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    Engage With Artists

    Salons, studio visits, conversations, private screenings, dinners and receptions provide exclusive opportunities to connect directly with independent artists who define our culture.

    Open to those who support the Institute at $30,000 and above.


    Parties and screening events hosted by Institute program directors for friends and alumni, as well as private screenings for members and supporters, provide an insider’s view of the newest discoveries and conversations in independent film, theatre, and digital media.

    Open to those who support the Institute at $5,000 and above.

    Community Events

    Free educational and screening events where Sundance artists share new work and learning.

    Open to all Sundance supporters.

    Benefit Events

    Signature experiences that celebrate the Institute’s mission, impact, and community. All Sundance Institute supporters are invited to purchase tickets to our Benefit Events.

    Special ticketed events to help Sundance Institute raise funds needed to accomplish its mission.

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What's Your Passion?

Together, we have the power to transform culture by preserving the space for our artists to create and thrive and providing opportunities to introduce their work to new audiences. Explore the programs, festivals, and initiatives of the highlighted programs below and ensure that your contribution supports your passion:

Donor Spotlights


From Individual Donors to Sundance Institute Members and Foundations to Corporate Sponsors, we thank you for your commitment to our mission to advance the work of artists in film, theatre, and music and to promote these important voices in society.

As of December 2016

Endowment support
Dwight Anderson
Ariel Investments, LLC
Lin Arison
Susan Cronyn
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Jake Eberts
The Charles Engelhard Foundation
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Ford Foundation
Mellody Hobson
Cindy and Alan Horn
Karen Lauder
LisaBeth Foundation
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Geoffrey K. Sands
Target Corporation
Steve Tisch Foundation
Walter L. Weisman

$100,000 and above
Bertha Foundation
Steve Bing
Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Sheila C. Johnson
Lyn and Norman Lear
Ruth Mutch
Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation
John and Marcia Price Family Foundation
Steve Tisch Foundation

Robert J. Abernethy – Chairman,
Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Inc.
Dwight and Julie Anderson
Sean and Charmaine Bailey
Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Bennack, Jr.
Paul and Amy Blavin
Jason Blum – Blumhouse
Maida Brankman
Kenneth and Maria Cole
Robert A. Compton
Scott M. Delman
Ted Dintersmith and Elizabeth Hazard
Robert and Linda Frankenberg
Philip Fung – A3 Foundation
The Harnisch Foundation
William and Ruth Ann Harnisch – William F. Harnisch Foundation
Jason Hirschhorn
Mellody Hobson
Cindy and Alan Horn
Ari Ioannides – Emerald Data Solutions, Inc.
Andrew and Nancy Jarecki
Chris Kelly and Jennifer Carrico
Blake Krikorian
Carl Lindner, III
Anuradha and Anand Mahindra
Michael Mailis – Hyperion Media Group
Nion McEvoy
Susan Bay-Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy
Pat Mitchell and Scott Seydel
Anne O’Shea and Brian Quattrini – Minerva Productions
Linden Rhoads
Burton and Stephanie Ritchie
Geoff and Elena Sands
Nadine Schiff and Fred RosenDebbie Silveira
Jim and Susan Swartz
Byron and Tina Trott
Lee Vickers
John and Marva Warnock
Sheila and Wally Weisman
Liz and Ken Whitney
J.A. & H.G. Woodruff, Jr. Charitable Trust
Laren Zalaznick and Phelim Dolan
The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation

Anonymous (2)
Thomas R. Ajamie
Teri and Jeffry Allen
Nancy Blachman and David desJardins
Pamela Boll
Larry Braitman and Angie Wang
Irwin Epstein
Jack and Marianne Ferraro
Peter Glenville Foundation
Debbie and Alan Gold
Donna and Kevin Gruneich
Bill Guthy and Victoria Jackson
Jamie Hormel
Olanrewaju Idewu
Mike Kaeske
Joyce Keil-Chafin and Bruce Chafin
Andrew and Walter Kortschak
Karen Lauder
Paulo Machline
Tom and Lynn Meredith
Sean Nevett and Brenna Montano
Scott Plan
Shari and Dan Plummer
Susanne Preissler
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation
Barbara Rapp
Rose-Lee and Keith Reinhard
Kathleen and Francis Rooney
Marie Savare de Laitre
Regina Kulik Scully and John Scully
Melissa Soros
Dori Sperko
Grazka Taylor
Rick and Rhona Thompson
David Watson
Adam Weiss and Lydia Callaghan
Matt Wigham
Michael J. Zak

Anonymous (3)
John August
Barry and Amy Baker
Phyllis and Scott Bedford
Allison and Larry Berg
Peggy Bergmann
Sandra and Malcolm Berman
Ellen Bialis
Andy and Kathleen Blank
Scott Blum
Neill and Linda Brownstein
David and Terry Camarata
Christopher and Kimberly Clarke
Carol and Larry Clemmensen
Dwight Curry
Ian Darling
Richard Desich
Stephanie De Vaan
Barbara B. Dobkin - Dobkin Family Foundation
David and Natasha Dolby
Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation
Dana and Andy Eckert
Susan and Eric Fredston – Hermann and Family
Mr. and Mrs. David W. Garrison
Peter and Barbara Georgescu
Sally Gepp
Mark and Nancy Gilbert
The Mark Gordon Company
Daniel and Robin Greenspun
Ken Grossinger and Micheline Klagsbrun, CrossCurrents Foundation
Kathleen Hagen
Andrew Hee
Steve and Janice Hefter
Harvey Heller
Ann Hill
Thomas Hill
Joan and George Hornig
Joel Hyatt
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hyman
Arlene Inch
Margaret and Ken Jacobs
David and Suzanne Johnson
Louisa Jane Judge
Ann Kaplan
Joy Kellman
Patricia Lambrecht
Gretchen King and Rachel McAree
Elizabeth Koch
Robert A. Kotick
Tyrene Christopulos and Kurt Larsen
Elissa Leonard
Ping and Kim Li
Robert and Rochelle Light
Damon and Heidi Lindelof
Chris and Susan Lockwood
Naja and David Lockwood
Hank and Diane Louis
Kelley Lubanko
Steven C. Ludwig, MD and Cynthia C. Amitin, MD
Crystal Maggelet
Carole and Michael Marks
J. Manus Foundation
Robert Marquardt
Steven and JoBeth Maxwell
Marni McKinney Waterfield
Michael Minor and Cynthia Zollinger
Ginni Mithoff
Elizabeth and Chuck Mooty
Ed and Irene Ojdana
Brian Pope
Bill Price
Gigi Pritzker, Odd Lot Entertainment
David E. Quinney III
Stacey and Steven Rauch
Diana and Bruce Rauner
Amy Rees Anderson
Robina and John Riccitiello
Adam Riemer
Rick Rosenthal – Rosenthal Family Foundation
Frederick Schantz
Beesham Seecharan
Maureen Shea
Elisa Slobodow
Kerry Smith
Jane Solomon
Marc and Audrey Solomon
Melissa Spellman
The Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation
Peter and Eileen Sudler
Tom and Marilyn Sutton
Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort
Aleda Toma and Mike McCoy
Kim and Jeff Trocin
Andrew Ungerleider and Gay Dillingham
Mark Wawro
Joe and Elaine Weis
Tiffany Wince
Bruce and Barbara Woollen
Jonathan and Lonna Young
Teri Zingale

Edward Abratowski
Dr. Carlos A. Archilla
Frankie and Joseph Armstead
Stephanie Aucunas
Laurence Bardoff and Lilli Alberga
Kathleen Barksdale
Amy Jones Baskin
Michael Benaroya
Laurie and Bill Benenson
Sarah Benner
Judge Judith Billings and Tom Billings
Steven Boal
James Boyd
Michael Cassidy
Hannalorre and Mohamad Chahine
Jennifer Chaiken
Don and Alexandra Clayton
Judy and Larry Cohen
Stan and Elaine Cohen
Steve Cohen
Amanda Corley
Yogen and Peggy Dalal
Deborah Dalebout-Feo
Susan Daley
Bill and Jeanne Davison
Anne and Pierre de Villemejane
Valerie DeMartin
Karen DiNunzio and Carey Maloumian
Abigail Disney and Pierre Hauser
Robin Dunbar
Tom and Linda Dupree
Jill Edelson
John Ehlenbach
Max Eisenberg and Family
Leslie and Bill Elkus
Nina Fialkow
Jeff and Leslie Fischer
P. Gregg Foxworthy
Leslie and John Francis
Tabitha Furyk
Linda Gelfond
Bryan Glazer
Bruce and Madelyn Glickfeld
Dr. Robert and Karen Gober
Heather Goodman
Shari Gottlieb
Tim Gray
Deborah Green
Frederick W. Green
Melanie and Mark Greenberg
Gardner Grout
Nadine Hays – Verisk Health
Laura and Clay Heckler
David and Marleen Hood
Herbert and Leila Hooper
Jonathan Horwitz and Patricia Kravtin
Julie Howe
Barbara and Julius Hyatt
Karen Jacobson
Mark and Karen James
Barbara and Bob Jones
Jean Kaplan
Heather Kenihan
Parker and Sherry Kennedy
Stefani and Scott Kimche
Scott Kluth
Christine Lahti
George Levie
Shari Levitin
Elaine Levy
Jefery and Pamela Levy
Lynne Love
Mark Love
William Low
Michael Luisi – WWE Studios
John Lyons
Mark and Diane McCary
Mike McCoy
Seema and Kevin McGrath
Katherine Milias
Dale Miller
Rayna and Glen Mintz
Laura Moore
Laurie Morella
Rory Murphy
Susan and Gib Myers
Joshua and Beth Nash
Lori Ordover
Natalie Orfalea
Michael Palmer
Anne Perfall
Dyan and Jim Pignatelli
J. Craig Weakley and Maria T. Poli
Greg Pollack
Jane Preiser
Richard Prins
Shar Quinney
Jennifer Rainin – in memory of Graham Leggat
Carol Rosebrough
Ellen and Mike Rosenberg
Maile Roundtree
Caryn Bronstein and Barry Rudofsky
Beth Sackler and Jeff Cohen
Sonja Saltman
Sandra Lee Inc.
Robert Schiller
Gary and Elisabeth Schonfeld
Laurie and Owen Schwartz
Wendy and Frank Serrino
Joel and Lisa Shine
Evan Singer
Linda and Rick Smaligo
Joe Sorge
Susan Sosin
Isaac and Maddy Stein
Betsi Steinberg
Steiner-King Foundation
John Stifter and Maura Siegenthaler
George and Annsley Strong
Mary Tennyson
Anthony and Beth Terrana
Janet Tittiger
Zibby and Jim Tozer
Barry and Gaye Tyerman
Kris and Jim Ulland
Andrea Van Beuren
Barbara and Stephan Vermut
David Vise
Lola Williams
Bruno Wu
John and Jean Yablonski

Teresa Beck
Michael Chrabaszcz
Coley Clark
Jonathan Cohen
Leslie Cornfeld
Ruth Davidson
Judson Dayton
Eric Diefenbach
David Donohue
Jill Ellner
Molly Forstall
Rebecca Gallander
Alyssa Geiger
Andrew Goldstein
Larry Grafstein
Eileen Guggenheim
Peggy and Sam Gutterman
May Ellyn Hogan
Janet Horn
Mary Ishikawa
Cris Jacobson
Michael Jeffreys
Neil Johnson
Seth Kaufman
Jungu Kim
Ellen Kirsh
Ken Kornblau
Mark Kowalsky
Melissa Letendre
Lynn Lindsey
Karen Lund
Bryan Magers
Nancy Mannix
Sheri Merkel
Catherine Morgan
Constance Mortell
Susan Morrison
Dave Nader
Sharon Nehls
Susan and Nick Noyes
Henry Otto
Debora Ouellette
Sharon Prince
Susan Rittscher
Liza Salowey
Miriam Scharf
Laurie Scher
Shauna Schmunk
Sandra Secord
Emily Shaw
Laurie and Charles Sims
Michael Steiner
Pamela Stevenson
Andrew Stone
Diana Sturr
Kaye Westmark
Thomas Zimmerman
Lisa Zuccari


$1,000,000 and above
The Annenberg Foundation
Ford Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation
Open Society Foundations

The Charles Engelhard Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Time Warner Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Skoll Foundation

Arcus Foundation
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Embrey Family Foundation
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
Surdna Foundation

The Ammon Foundation
Compton Foundation
LUMA Foundation
Norlien Foundation
The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
Threshold Foundation

The Film Music Foundation
Firestone / von Winterfeldt Family Fund
Gruber Family Foundation
JL Foundation
Princess Grace Foundation-USA
Zygmunt & Audrey Wilf Foundation

The Carrie Louise Hamilton Foundation
Promontory Foundation
The Tony Randall Theatrical Fund, Inc.

Government Agencies

Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities
Summit County Restaurant Tax

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Salt Lake County Economic Development Department
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) Program
Summit County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Utah Division of Arts & Museums

French Embassy in the U.S. Mission for Culture and Higher Education
Salt Lake City Arts Council

Special thanks to the State of Utah, Utah Office of Tourism, Utah Film Commission, Park City Municipal Corporation, and Park City Visitors Bureau and Film Commission.



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