Individual Giving

Ways to Participate

Find your home at Sundance Institute

At Sundance Institute we are committed to providing and preserving the space for artists to create and thrive. We invite you to find your home with us, whether your love is for theatre, film, the Festival or the Institute overall, we have the perfect program to connect you with your passion. We’ll even offer you a variety of benefits as a way of showing our gratitude. Our Leadership Programs provide an even deeper level of engagement with our Sundance artists, allowing donors to provide a philanthropic level of resources in the form of grants, fellowships and exclusive visionary support. There's also our Catalyst Program, which connects forward thinking financiers with the world of independent film and creates opportunities to invest in the production of compelling, unique stories. Our Sundance Circle program will give you an up close and personal Institute experience including great access to the Festival.

Whether your gift is $150 or $150,000, there is a place for you to profoundly connect with Sundance Institute. Join our community and become a champion for the independent artists and stories you love.


Programs Supported By Individuals

Donor Spotlight


Individual Supporters

As of October 31, 2018

$100,000 & above

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ed Aldag, Jr.
  • Mary Lake Polan and Frank A. Bennack, Jr. - Hearst
  • Peggy Bergmann
  • Sandra and Malcolm Berman Charitable Foundation
  • John Boccardo and J. Derek Esplin
  • Joe and Liz Casale
  • Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle - Chicago Media Project
  • Charles Engelhard Foundation
  • Ricki Jane Faber Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Genuine Article Pictures
  • Perry and Martin Granoff
  • Donna and Kevin Gruneich
  • Bill and Ruth Ann Harnisch - The Harnisch Foundation
  • Cindy Harrell Horn and Alan Horn
  • Lyn and Norman Lear
  • Lippman Family Foundation
  • Florence and Harry Sloan
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Kimberly Steward - K Period Media
  • Elizabeth & Kenneth Whitney

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Anonymous
  • Jill and Ryan Ahrens
  • Charmaine and Sean Bailey
  • Amy and Barry Baker Family Foundation
  • Paul and Katy Drake Bettner
  • Brad and Elizabeth Bird
  • Nancy Blachman and David desJardins
  • Barbara Bridges
  • Jennifer Carrico and Chris Kelly
  • David Chan
  • Don and Alexandra Clayton
  • Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole
  • David and Linda Cornfield
  • Abigail E. Disney & Pierre N. Hauser - Like a River Fund
  • Jeanne Donovan Fisher
  • Dana and Andy Eckert
  • Philipp Engelhorn and Cameron Yates
  • Barry R. Feirstein
  • Linda and Bob Frankenberg
  • The Fredston-Hermann Family
  • Ann Hill
  • Gillian Hormel
  • Caroline and Edward Hyman
  • Joanne Kagle
  • Jason Delane Lee and Yvonne Huff Lee
  • Bobbi and Marcus Lemonis
  • Shelly and Robert Light
  • David and Jody Lippman
  • Cristina Ljungberg
  • Ann Lovell
  • Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
  • Elizabeth and Chuck Mooty
  • Susan Bay Nimoy
  • Ken and Christina Nolan
  • Natalie Orfalea and Louis Buglioli
  • John and Marcia Price Family Foundation
  • Gigi Pritzker and Michael Pucker
  • Rick and Melinda Reed Family Foundation
  • Riccitiello Family
  • Brenda Robinson
  • Nadine Schiff and Fred Rosen
  • Thomas E. Rothman and Jessica Harper
  • Christina and David Royce
  • Jared Ruga
  • Elena and Geoffrey Sands
  • Iris and Michael Smith
  • David Stone-SmartBoies Productions-Smart Family Foundation
  • Jim and Susan Swartz
  • Janet and Gottfried Tittiger
  • John and Marva Warnock
  • Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin
  • Jenifer and Jeffrey Westphal
  • J.A. & H.G. Woodruff, Jr. Charitable Trust

$30,000-$49,999

  • Anonymous
  • David Abrams
  • Thomas R. Ajamie
  • Frankie and Joseph Armstead
  • Steven and Carolyn Barg
  • Jenn Bastos & Suzy Hendriksen
  • Francesca and Chris Beale
  • Joyce Keil-Chafin and Bruce Chafin
  • Sharon Chang
  • Dwight Curry
  • Ian Darling
  • Dana DiCarlo and Scott Plank
  • Karen DiNunzio and Monica McGrath
  • Dobkin Family Foundation
  • Richard and Jill Schnitzer Edelson
  • The Eisenberg Family
  • Chandler and Oliver Evans
  • Nina and David Fialkow
  • Robert Fisher
  • William and Sakurako Fisher
  • Sally Gepp
  • Frederick Green
  • Wyncote Foundation - Leonard Haas
  • Kathleen Hagen
  • Andrew Hee and Rachel Erickson Hee
  • Dayna and Harvey Heller
  • Don and Lisanne Hendricks
  • Tony Hsieh
  • Arlene Inch
  • Suraj Israni
  • Margo and Ken Jacobs
  • Jody Johnson
  • Mike Kaeske and Haven Parchinski
  • Ann Kaplan and Robert Fippenger
  • Philip Kent
  • Kim Keywell and Liz Lefkofsky
  • Julia Lebedev
  • Sebastien and Julie Lepinard
  • Debbie McLeod and Jay Sears
  • Cathy and Alex Mendez
  • Jason Milstein
  • Susan and Gib Myers
  • Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis
  • Connie Orlando
  • Jeffrey Pechter
  • Desiree and Kevin Plank
  • Joan Platt
  • Diana and Bruce Rauner
  • Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal
  • Caryn and Barry Rudofsky
  • Linda and Michael Sachs
  • Beth Sackler and Jeffrey Cohen
  • Mara Sandler
  • The Steiner King Family
  • Lessing Stern
  • Jane Solomon
  • Marilyn and Thomas Sutton
  • Marni and Richard Waterfield
  • Mark Wawro
  • Joanne Wilson
  • Jean and John Yablonski

$20,000-$29,999

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Hallee Adelman
  • Andrew and Vera Baker
  • Phyllis and Scott Bedford
  • Laurie and Bill Benenson
  • Jason Blum - Blumhouse Productions
  • Hannalorre and Mohamad Chahine
  • David Cohen
  • Joshua M. Cohen
  • Rene and Rena Cruz - Esperanza Arts Foundation
  • Gus Deardoff
  • Stephanie and Jon DeVaan
  • Distracted Globe Foundation
  • Tom Dolby
  • Bill and Martha Dudley
  • Jana Edelbaum
  • Vanessa and Rafaela Evans - Red Butterfly Foundation
  • Philip Fung - A3 Foundation
  • Matthew and Jillian Garretson
  • Ambassador Mark & Nancy Gilbert
  • Lynda Goldstein
  • Jason Hirschhorn
  • Amanda Kelso
  • Marilyn Labkon
  • Ann Lewnes
  • Susan and Christopher Lockwood
  • Crystal and Charles Maggelet
  • Robert & Suzanne Marquardt
  • Lynn and Tom Meredith
  • Anjay Nagpal - Bron Studios
  • Nicholas Pardon
  • Katherine Phillips
  • Stuart Pollard
  • David E. Quinney III
  • Carol Rosebrough
  • Ellen and Mike Rosenberg
  • Tricia and Bryan Smith
  • Melissa and Marc Spellman
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Grazka Taylor
  • Gayle and Barry Tyerman
  • Andrea van Beuren
  • Blaine Vess

$10,000-19,999

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Steven and Michael Boal
  • Andrew and April Bosworth
  • Larry and Carol Clemmensen
  • Melissa and Bradford Coolidge
  • Christine Curtis
  • Sarah Cuthill
  • Lisa and Francis D'Ambrosio
  • Eric Diefenbach and JK Brown
  • Kevin and Molly Efrusy
  • Molly Ferrante
  • Leslie and Jeffrey Fischer
  • Ronaldo M. Foresti
  • Lenny Gail
  • Heather Goodman
  • Shari Gottlieb
  • Robin and Daniel Greenspun
  • Anne and Mark Hansen
  • Janice and Steven Hefter
  • Marleen and David Hood
  • Sharrington and Parker Kennedy
  • Katherine Kohatsu
  • Alison Leupold
  • Kelley and Stephen Lubanko
  • Karen and Gregg Lund
  • Alan McConnell
  • Nancy Medford
  • Rob and Laura Medway
  • Buzz and Donna Miller
  • Angella Nazarian
  • Lori and Janusz Ordover
  • Iris Pattillo
  • R. David Peeler
  • Kathryn Petersen
  • Patrice Picone
  • Maile Roundtree
  • Stacy Sachen
  • Jim and Stacy Scott
  • Maureen and Tom Shea
  • Linda and Rick Smaligo
  • Barry Stark
  • Kitty Stoneburner
  • Laura Stuart
  • Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort
  • Nancy and Brent Trostle
  • George and Victoria Whipple
  • Justin and Tatiana Wills
  • Teri Meno Zingale

$5,000-9,999

  • Anonymous (4)
  • Michael Antonov
  • Carlos Archilla
  • Stephanie and Daniel Aucunas
  • Laurence Bardoff and Lilli Alberga
  • Judith and Thomas Billings
  • Lisa Baronsky
  • Alexandra Bowes
  • David Burt
  • Noah Brandon and Shaida Talebreza Brandon
  • Marguerite and David Camarata
  • Robyn Carp
  • Greg and David Carrico
  • Ron Carson
  • Buffy Castillo
  • Leigh Ann Charlot
  • Eric Chern
  • Marni and Bill Cohen
  • Grace Colby
  • Katie and George Coleman
  • Allison Cook
  • Peggy and Yogen Dalal
  • Deborah and Forrest Danson
  • Richard Desich
  • Anne and Pierre De Villemejane
  • William Dietz
  • Linda and Thomas Dupree
  • Ms. Amy Eckman & Dr. Steven Pally
  • Ryan Egypt
  • Leslie and William Elkus
  • Gayle and Chip Everest
  • Elizabeth and Jesse Fink
  • Eric Finley
  • Craig and Andrea Firpo
  • Pamela and Jeff Foxworthy
  • Kieran Gallahue
  • Nancy and David Garrison
  • Richard Gilroy
  • Robert Gober
  • Andrew Goldstein
  • Sapphira Goradia
  • Mark and Debra Gregg
  • Amy Miller Gross
  • Heidi and Gardner Grout
  • Linda and Malcolm Hastings
  • Robin Hauser Reynolds
  • James Heavener
  • Ashley Hirt and Dean Beeler
  • Terry and Ann Marie Horner
  • Barbara and Julius Hyatt
  • Mary Innis
  • Tasha Jamaluddin
  • Elana and Andre Jassy
  • Chandra Jessee
  • Barbara and Bob Jones
  • Jean Kaplan
  • Heather Kenihan
  • Mina Kim
  • Stefani and Scott Kimche
  • Andrea Kirstein
  • Patricia Kivel
  • Karen Kolling
  • Bonnie and Mark Kowalsky
  • Leslie and Deborah Kratter
  • Derek Kroeger
  • Christopher Krubert
  • Whitaker Lader
  • Mary and Lindon Leader
  • David Lee
  • Suzanne Lerner
  • Shari Levitin and Lee Gerstein
  • Michael Levinthal
  • Lauren and Todd Lustbader
  • Susannah Gray and John Lyons
  • Karen Malkin
  • Thomas Marchetti
  • Jenny and Andrew Mason
  • Linda Mason
  • Mike McCoy and Aleda Toma
  • Mr. & Mrs. Clayton McNeel
  • Katherine Milias
  • Dale Miller
  • Virginia Mithoff
  • Laura Awazu and David Moromisato
  • Irene and Gary Mottola
  • Judy and Henry Otto
  • Cindy Pearlstein
  • Juan Pope
  • Helen & Richard porter
  • Shelby Rachleff
  • Jennifer Rainin
  • Stacey and Steven Rauch
  • Michelle and Larry Richman
  • Sonja Saltman
  • Wendy and Neil Sandler
  • Laurie and Owen Schwartz
  • Wendy and Frank Serrino
  • Maureen Shea
  • Debbie Shedlin
  • Joel and Lisa Shine
  • Elisa and Brian Slobodow
  • Joy and Bruce Soll
  • Carla Solomon
  • Helene Sorin
  • Sally Sterling
  • Jason Tan
  • Taucher Family Foundation
  • Judi and Howard Teig
  • Mary and Peter Tennyson
  • Zibby and Jim Tozer
  • Millicent and Todd Tracey
  • Kristin and James Ulland
  • Christina Varotsis
  • Stacey and Paul Von Berg
  • Kelly Waller
  • Gary and Margo Weinstein
  • Martin Werner
  • Sue Wishnow
  • Debi Wisch
  • Bruce Woolen
  • Jean Wyman
  • Ethan Yake
  • Gayle and Sam Youngblood

$2,500-$4,999

  • Sid Ahl
  • Lisa Anderson
  • Sylvia Atencio
  • Marilyn August
  • Brian Azouz
  • Teresa Beck
  • Julie Beffort
  • Alice Berger
  • Danielle Behrens
  • Mary Boyle
  • Dinah Buechner

Individual Supporters