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 March 1, 2018

$2,500-$4,999

  • Farrah Abraham
  • Sylvia Atencio
  • Marilyn August
  • Cindi Ayala
  • Teresa Beck
  • Danielle Behrens
  • Shaida Brandon
  • Dinah Buechner
  • Patrick Carothers
  • Tara Chen
  • Melanie Clark
  • Lisa Donini
  • Anne Dougherty
  • Ruth Duenser
  • Marie Elena Cella
  • Oliver Evans
  • Chandler Evans
  • Ellen Falguiere
  • Trevor Fetter
  • Robert Finney
  • Nancy Forster
  • Omkar Gaitonde
  • Andrew Garbarino
  • Richard Gilroy
  • Joseph Gira
  • Roger Goldman
  • Peggy Gutterman
  • Edward Haddock
  • Lawrence Hambly
  • Allison Hill
  • Mary Ellyn Hogan
  • Andy Humes
  • Todd James
  • Allison Jones
  • Seth Kaufman
  • Ellen Kirsh
  • Patricia Kivel
  • Lisa Koxlien
  • Jill Carter
  • Peter LaFleche
  • S. Gelfond-Leong
  • Jacquelyn Loughery
  • Lisa Zuccari
  • Linda Mason
  • Janet McKinley
  • Linda Mendelson
  • Matthew Mirapaul
  • G Mason & Anna Morfit
  • Edward Nahmias
  • Sharon Nehls
  • Julie O'Loughlin
  • Bryan O'Keefe
  • Ethel Ozen
  • Nicholas Pardon
  • Cindy Pearlstein
  • Jodi Pliskin
  • Barry Ritter
  • William Roberts
  • Stephanie Robinson
  • Howard Rothwell
  • Lawrence Rubin
  • Stephen Schmidt
  • Valerie L. Sestito
  • Hillary Simon
  • Jim Souers
  • Elizabeth Tinkham
  • Dyan Triffo
  • William Unger
  • Jeannie Vaughn
  • Antoinette von dem Hagen
  • Elaine Weis
  • Kaylene Whalen
  • Emily White
  • Barbara Wolf
  • Lori L. Wulfe
  • Geoffrey Yarema
  • Diane Young
  • Yunya Yu
  • Thomas Zimmermann

$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
  • Dawn and Craig Budner
  • Millicent and Todd Tracey
  • Marguerite and David Camarata
  • Robyn Carp
  • Greg and David Carrico
  • Buffy Castillo
  • Leigh Ann Charlot
  • Marni and Bill Cohen
  • Grace Colby
  • Katie and George Coleman
  • Sarah Cuthill
  • Peggy and Yogen Dalal
  • Deborah and Forrest Danson
  • Ruth and Phil Davidson
  • Richard Desich
  • William Dietz
  • Linda and Thomas Dupree
  • Ms. Amy Eckman & Dr. Steven Pally
  • Av Edidin
  • Ryan Egypt
  • Leslie and William Elkus
  • Gayle and Chip Everest
  • Elizabeth and Jesse Fink
  • Eric Finley
  • Pamela and Jeff Foxworthy
  • Kieren Gallahue
  • Nancy and David Garrison
  • Robert Gober
  • Andrew Goldstein
  • 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
  • Elana and Andre Jassy
  • Chandra Jessee
  • Barbara and Bob Jones
  • Jean Kaplan
  • Heather Kenihan
  • Stefani and Scott Kimche
  • Andrea Kirstein
  • Karen Kolling
  • Leslie and Deborah Kratter
  • Christopher Krubert
  • Whitaker Lader
  • Mary and Lindon Leader
  • David Lee
  • Shari Levitin and Lee Gerstein
  • Kelley and Stephen Lubanko
  • Lauren and Todd Lustbader
  • Susannah Gray and John Lyons
  • Karen Malkin
  • Thomas Marchetti
  • Jenny and Andrew Mason
  • Rob and Laura Medway
  • Jigar Mehta
  • Katherine Milias
  • Dale Miller
  • Virginia Mithoff
  • Irene and Gary Mottola
  • Judy and Henry Otto
  • R. David Peeler
  • Kathryn Petersen
  • Juan Pope
  • Shelby Rachleff
  • Jennifer Rainin
  • Stacey and Steven Rauch
  • Sonja Saltman
  • Laurie and Owen Schwartz
  • Gary Semrow
  • Maureen Shea
  • Debbie Shedlin
  • Joel and Lisa Shine
  • Elisa and Brian Slobodow
  • Peter and Imelda Sobiloff
  • Joy and Bruce Soll
  • Carla Solomon
  • Helene Sorin
  • Sally Sterling
  • Jason Tan
  • Taucher Family Foundation
  • Judi and Howard Teig
  • Mary and Peter Tennyson
  • Stacey Thal
  • Zibby and Jim Tozer
  • Kristin and James Ulland
  • Christina Varotsis
  • Stacey and Paul Von Berg
  • Martin Werner
  • George and Victoria Whipple
  • Sue Wishnow
  • Debi Wisch
  • Bruce Woolen
  • Ethan Yake
  • Gayle and Sam Youngblood

$10,000-19,999

  • Anonymous
  • Andrew and April Bosworth
  • Larry and Carol Clemmensen
  • Martha Ehmann Conte & Jennifer Fonstad
  • Christine Curtis
  • Lisa and Francis D'Ambrosio
  • Eric Diefenbach and JK Brown
  • Kevin and Molly Efrusy
  • Molly Ferrante
  • Dr. David and Alicia Fife
  • Leslie and Jeffrey Fischer
  • Ronaldo M. Foresti
  • Lenny Gail
  • Shari Gottlieb
  • Robin and Daniel Greenspun
  • Anne and Mark Hansen
  • Janice and Steven Hefter
  • Marleen and David Hood
  • Karen and Mark James
  • Patrick Kennedy and Jamie Amos
  • Sharrington and Parker Kennedy
  • Katherine Kohatsu
  • Alison Leupold
  • Alan McConnell
  • Nancy Medford
  • Angella Nazarian
  • Lori and Janusz Ordover
  • Iris Pattillo
  • Patrice Picone
  • Maile Roundtree
  • Stacy Sachen
  • Jim and Stacy Scott
  • Susan Hito Shapiro
  • Maureen and Tom Shea
  • Linda and Rick Smaligo
  • Barry Stark
  • Kitty Stoneburner
  • Laura Stuart
  • Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort
  • Nancy and Brent Trostle
  • Justin and Tatiana Wills
  • Teri Meno Zingale

$20,000-$29,999

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Cynthia C. Amitin, MD and Steven C. Ludwig, MD
  • Andrew and Vera Baker
  • Phyllis and Scott Bedford
  • Laurie and Bill Benenson
  • Nancy Blachman and David desJardins
  • 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
  • Ambassador Mark & Nancy Gilbert
  • Lynda Goldstein
  • Heather Goodman
  • Jason Hirschhorn
  • Nancy and Andrew Jarecki
  • Amanda Kelso
  • Marilyn Labkon
  • Crystal and Charles Maggelet
  • Robert & Suzanne Marquardt
  • Anjay Nagpal - Bron Studios
  • Evan Perlmutter and Adam Rauch
  • Katherine Phillips
  • Brian Pope
  • David E. Quinney III
  • Carol Rosebrough
  • Ellen and Mike Rosenberg
  • Caryn and Barry Rudofsky
  • Jane Solomon
  • Melissa and Marc Spellman
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Grazka Taylor
  • Gayle and Barry Tyerman
  • Andrea van Beuren
  • Blaine Vess

$30,000-$49,999

  • Anonymous
  • David Abrams
  • The Adams/Cohen Family
  • 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
  • Nina and David Fialkow
  • William and Sakurako Fisher
  • Sally Gepp
  • Frederick Green
  • Wyncote Foundation - Leonard Haas
  • Kathleen Hagen
  • Andrew Hee and Rachel Erickson Hee
  • Dayna and Harvey Heller
  • Anthony Hsieh
  • Arlene Inch
  • Margo and Ken Jacobs
  • Mike Kaeske and Haven Parchinski
  • Ann Kaplan and Robert Fippenger
  • Philip Kent
  • Elizabeth King
  • Julia Lebedev
  • Christopher McGurk
  • Debbie McLeod and Jay Sears
  • Cathy and Alex Mendez
  • Jason Milstein
  • Miner Foundation
  • Susan and Gib Myers
  • Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis
  • Connie Orlando
  • Jeffrey Pechter
  • Desiree and Kevin Plank
  • Joan Platt
  • Stuart Pollard
  • Diana and Bruce Rauner
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation
  • Carolyn and Charles Rozwat
  • Beth Sackler and Jeffrey Cohen
  • Mara Sandler
  • The Steiner King Family
  • Marilyn and Thomas Sutton
  • Marni and Richard Waterfield
  • Mark Wawro
  • Joanne Wilson
  • Jean and John Yablonski

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Anonymous
  • Jill and Ryan Ahrens
  • Charmaine and Sean Bailey
  • Amy and Barry Baker Family Foundation
  • Katherine and Paul Bettner
  • Brad and Elizabeth Bird
  • Barbara Bridges
  • Jennifer Carrico and Chris Kelly
  • Joe and Liz Casale
  • David Chan
  • Don and Alexandra Clayton
  • Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole
  • David and Linda Cornfield
  • Ted Dintersmith and Elizabeth Hazard
  • Abigail Disney and Pierre Hauser
  • Jeanne Donovan Fisher
  • Dana and Andy Eckert
  • Richard and Jill Schnitzer Edelson
  • Philipp Engelhorn and Cameron Yates
  • Barry R. Feirstein
  • Linda and Bob Frankenberg
  • The Fredston-Hermann Family
  • Debbie and Alan Gold
  • Ann Hill
  • Gillian Hormel
  • Caroline and Edward Hyman
  • 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

$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 Derek Esplin
  • Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle - Chicago Media Project
  • Charles Engelhard Foundation
  • Ricki J. Faber
  • 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
  • Elizabeth & Kenneth Whitney
  • The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation

Individual Supporters