Government Support

Donor Spotlight

Programs Supported by Government Agencies:

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Sundance Institute honors the following legacy donors for many years of very generous support. These government funders have nurtured the growth of the Institute and its role in the community. We express our gratitude to each of them.

  • The National Endowment for the Arts has supported Sundance Institute since its founding in 1981. Currently NEA grants aid the Feature Film Program, the Theatre Program, and #ArtistServices. NEA is also one of four federal partners that supports Film Forward.

  • The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is committed to economic development statewide, and the mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. The state of Utah has supported Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival for over 20 years, and since 2011 Utah has been recognized as the Festival Host State. Their support will continue and expand in 2015 to include Sundance London, NEXT FEST, and Utah Community Programs.


Support received from the following government donors throughout the past year has helped sustain Sundance Institute’s ability to serve independent film and theatre artists in numerous ways.

  • The Consulate General of France is a French government entity in the United States that supports French Culture abroad. Their grant supported New Frontier artist, Lauren Moffat, who lives and works in France, at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services is one of four federal partners that has supported the Film Forward initiative since its inception in 2010. This unique partnership has brought independent films and filmmakers to communities in the U.S. and around the world. Featured films include Another Earth, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Boy, Fruitvale Station, Last Train Home, On the Ice, Town of Runners, and Twenty Feet from Stardom.

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities is a valued federal partner on the Film Forward initiative.

  • Park City Municipal Corporation has supported community programming during the Sundance Film Festival for more than a decade, including the Student Screening program and Filmmakers in the Classroom for Park City students and teachers.

  • The Park City Visitors Bureau and Film Commission is part of the municipal government that promotes Park City as a tourist and film destination. Park City Visitors Bureau is a valued supporter of the Sundance Film Festival.

  • The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is one of four federal partners that has supported Film Forward since its inception in 2010.

  • The Salt Lake County Economic Development Department recognizes the annual economic impact of the Sundance Film Festival. To help bolster the County’s economy and bring benefits to SLC residents, the Department supports Community Programming, including the Summer Film Series, and Festival Student Screenings.

  • The Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) Program seeks to enhance Salt Lake County resident and visitor experiences through art, cultural, and recreational offerings. Currently ZAP funds support Community Programs in Salt Lake County, including: Community Screenings; Summer Film Series; and Festival Student Screenings.

  • The Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) Program seeks to enhance Salt Lake County resident and visitor experiences through art, cultural, and recreational offerings. Currently ZAP funds support Community Programs in Salt Lake County, including: Community Screenings; Summer Film Series; and Festival Student Screenings.

  • Summit County Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) is responsible for maintaining the County’s park space and encouraging cultural and arts activities. RAP funds currently support Community Programming in Summit County, Filmmakers in the Classroom, and Festival Student Screenings.

  • Summit County Restaurant Tax is a grant program that supports marketing efforts to promote the Sundance Film Festival.

  • The Division of Arts and Museums currently supports Community Programs in Utah including various Festival Community Outreach Programs and Student Screenings.

  • The mission of the USHRAB has been to assist public and private nonprofit organizations throughout the state in the acquisition, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. To that end, USHRAB’s grant is supporting improvements to the Sundance Institute Archives which house seminal works in independent film, interviews with independent filmmakers, and other media from the Institute’s 30+ year history.

  • Visit Salt Lake is an Official Provider to the Sundance Film Festival and provide marketing support in the promotion of the Festival.