Sundance Circle

Welcome to Sundance Circle

Sundance Circle is a vibrant community of supporters passionate about independent artists and new ideas. As a part of Sundance Circle you are invited to immerse yourself in a wide range of Institute programs, throughout the year and during the Sundance Film Festival.

As we continue to refine the Sundance Circle program to best serve our donors, the benefits listed below may be subject to change for the 2017 Festival. All benefit changes will be messaged to current members and adjusted on the website once confirmed. Thank you for your support!

Advocate ($5,000)

BE A PART OF CREATIVE DISCOVERY.

7,000+ students attend free private screenings at the Sundance Film Festival every year because of Sundance Circle support.

Inspire a new generation of artists and audiences to discover the power of storytelling. Your gift directly impacts programs such as Film Forward, Sundance Kids and Utah Community Student Programs that use the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity, and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, religions, ethnicities and borders.

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Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages and Tickets

  • Pre-select up to 10 complimentary tickets directly through the Sundance Circle Office before the Festival (subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per screening)
  • Purchase up to 2 Festival Express Pass and Ticket Package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability; excludes First Half Pass items)
  • Opportunity to request up to 2 Sundance Film Festival Credentials for access to select non-theatrical venues
  • Enjoy VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office including on site ticket exchanging & purchasing

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Sundance Circle Membership Card for discounts at Festival Merchandise Stores
  • Exclusive Sundance Circle tote bag
  • Complimentary Festival Catalog

Mix & Mingle with Your Festival Community

  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle screenings and receptions at the Sundance Film Festival
  • 2 tickets to your choice of the Day One Party or Awards Night Party (subject to change)

Engage with Sundance Year Round

  • Invitation to Cocktails with Cooper, a Festival preview event series where you will get insider recommendations on must-see films from Festival Director John Cooper and our senior programmers (events take place in December in Los Angeles, Park City and New York)
  • Subscription to all Sundance Institute publications including the Annual Report, Sundance Circle newsletters, Institute magazine and more
  • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities and invitations to events for all Sundance Festivals around the world

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on the Sundance Institute website and in the Sundance Institute Annual Report

We are pleased to accept donations in the form of wire or stock transfers. Please contact the Individual Giving office for instructions at (310) 492-2317 or giving@sundance.org.

Guardian ($10,000)

PRESERVE THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE.

Sundance Circle support ensures the preservation of more than 1,900 films housed through the Sundance Collection at UCLA.

Protect the history of storytelling, inspire the stories of tomorrow and preserve independent voices through the Sundance Institute Archive & Collection. The Sundance Collection has lead the charge in re-mastering such indie classics as Hoop Dreams, Paris is Burning, and Gods and Monsters, and the Archive has chronicled the artistic journey of such famed Sundance Alumni as Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Laura Poitras and Roger Ross Williams.

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Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages and Tickets

  • Pre-select up to 20 complimentary tickets directly through the Sundance Circle Office before the Festival (subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per screening)
  • Purchase up to 2 Festival Pass and Ticket Package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office -- access to First Half Eccles Passes! (subject to availability; First Half Express Passes by waitlist only)
  • Opportunity to request up to 4 Sundance Film Festival Credentials for access to select non-theatrical venues
  • Enjoy VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office including on site ticket exchanging & purchasing

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Sundance Circle Membership Card for discounts at Festival Merchandise Stores
  • Exclusive Sundance Circle tote bag
  • Complimentary Festival Catalog

Mix & Mingle with Your Festival Community

  • Invitation to a “From the Archive” Collection screening at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle private screenings and receptions at the Sundance Film Festival
  • 2 tickets to your choice of the Day One Party or Awards Night Party (subject to change)

Engage with Sundance Year Round

  • Invitation to Cocktails with Cooper, a Festival preview event series where you will get insider recommendations on must-see films from Festival Director John Cooper and our senior programmers (events take place in December in Los Angeles, Park City and New York)
  • Subscription to all Sundance Institute publications including the Annual Report, Sundance Circle newsletters, Institute magazine and more
  • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities and invitations to events for all Sundance Festivals around the world

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on the Sundance Institute website and in the Sundance Institute Annual Report, Lab Books, and Festival Catalogs

We are pleased to accept donations in the form of wire or stock transfers. Please contact the Individual Giving office for instructions at (310) 492-2317 or giving@sundance.org.

Leader ($20,000)

CONNECT INDEPENDENT ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES.

With the help of Sundance Circle, Sundance Institute programs over 70 public events across the country, engaging 106,000 people annually.

Ensure that Sundance Institute can share its work and the work of its artists with audiences across the country. Engage and inspire audiences through screenings, panels, workshops and Day Labs in 33 states from coast to coast including California, New Mexico, Utah, Michigan, Illinois and Florida. Be a part of creating a growing community of independent storytellers and enthusiasts.

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First In Line at Fest

  • Opportunity to request up to 4 Festival Express Ticket Credentials – when used with a ticket, these grant access to priority pass holder lines – two can be transferable for more flexibility with your guests (option of 2 First Half & 2 Second Half Credentials or 4 Second Half Credentials)

Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages and Tickets

  • Receive up to 50 complimentary tickets total. This includes:
    • A complimentary Sundance Circle Ticket Package which includes 20 tickets for any date of the Festival (select tickets during assigned online selection window* -- subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per screening)
    • Up to 30 complimentary tickets selected directly through the Sundance Circle Office before the Festival (subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per screening)
  • Purchase up to 4 Festival Express Pass and Ticket Package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office -- access to First Half Express Passes! (subject to availability; max 2 First Half Express Passes per membership)
  • Opportunity to request up to 6 Sundance Film Festival Credentials for access to select non-theatrical venues
  • Enjoy VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office including on site ticket exchanging & purchasing
  • With an additional contribution of $5,000 Sundance Circle staff will assist with all your complimentary and purchased ticket package selections, bypassing the online timeslot selection process

*With an additional contribution of $5,000 Sundance Circle staff will assist with all your complimentary and purchased ticket package selections, bypassing the online timeslot selection process

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Opportunity to purchase Festival Parking Passes directly through the Sundance Circle Office (as long as supplies last)
  • Sundance Circle Membership Card for discounts at Festival Merchandise Stores
  • Exclusive Sundance Circle tote bag
  • Complimentary Festival Catalog

Mix & Mingle with Your Festival Community

  • Invitations to exclusive Festival gatherings with Sundance Institute Executive Director, Keri Putnam, leading artists of independent film and theatre, and our artist development directors (Events may include: New Frontier Premier Party, Celebration of Music in Film, Feature Film Program Reception, Shorts Awards Party, Documentary Film Program Reception and more)
  • 4 tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Party with roped seating
  • Invitation to a “From the Archive” Collection screening at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle private screenings and receptions at the Sundance Film Festival
  • 4 tickets to the Day One Party (subject to change)

Engage with Sundance Year Round

  • Invitation to an intimate Sundance Institute Program Spotlight Dinner in New York
  • Invitation to Cocktails with Cooper, a Festival preview event series where you will get insider recommendations on must-see films from Festival Director John Cooper and our senior programmers (events take place in December in Los Angeles, Park City and New York)
  • Subscription to all Sundance Institute publications including the Annual Report, Sundance Circle newsletters, Institute magazine and more
  • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities and invitations to events for all Sundance Festivals around the world

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on the Sundance Institute website and in the Sundance Institute Annual Report, Lab Books, and Festival Catalogs

We are pleased to accept donations in the form of wire or stock transfers. Please contact the Individual Giving office for instructions at (310) 492-2317 or giving@sundance.org.

Champion ($30,000)

INSPIRE THE EXCHANGE OF NEW IDEAS.

Sundance Circle support makes possible the growing active artist development programs that are hosted each year in 14 countries worldwide.

Storytelling is alive in all corners of the world and your support makes it possible for Sundance Institute to find and nurture the International artists whose stories create global impact. Sundance Institute Artist Lab programs and extended post-Lab support fosters 677 artist Fellows annually, representing 48 countries of origin. Invest in Sundance’s global reach and sustain a diversity of voices telling our world’s stories.

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First In Line at Fest

  • Your choice of 2 complimentary First Half Express Passes OR Second Half Express Passes for easy entrance to screenings during either the first 5 days of the Festival or last 5 days of the Festival
  • Opportunity to request up to 4 Festival Express Ticket Credentials – when used with a ticket, these grant access to priority pass holder lines – all four can be transferable for more flexibility with your guests (option of 2 First Half & Second Half Credentials or 4 Second Half Credentials)

Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages and Tickets

  • Complimentary Sundance Circle staff assistance with all your ticket package selection, bypassing the online timeslot selection process
  • Enjoy Express Check In and VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office including on site ticket exchanging & purchasing
  • Pre-select up to 40 complimentary tickets before the Festival (subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per screening)
  • Purchase up to 4 Festival Express Pass and Ticket Package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability; max 2 First Half Express Passes per membership)
  • Opportunity to request up to 8 Sundance Film Festival credentials for access to select non-theatrical venues

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Opportunity to purchase Festival Parking Passes directly through the Sundance Circle Office (as long as supplies last)
  • Exclusive Festival Gift Bag
  • Sundance Circle Membership Card for discounts at Festival Merchandise Stores
  • Exclusive Sundance Circle tote bag
  • Complimentary Festival Catalog

Mix & Mingle with Your Festival Community

  • Roped seating at the Park City Day One First Screening at Eccles Theatre
  • Invitations to exclusive Festival gatherings with Sundance Institute Executive Director, Keri Putnam, leading artists of independent film and theatre, and our artist development directors (Events may include: New Frontier Premier Party, Celebration of Music in Film, Feature Film Program Reception, Shorts Awards Party, Documentary Film Program Reception and more)
  • 4 tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Party with roped seating
  • Invitation to a “From the Archive” Collection screening at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle screenings and receptions at the Sundance Film Festival
  • 4 tickets to the Day One Party (subject to change)

Engage with Sundance Year Round

  • Opportunity to connect with Sundance leadership and artist alumni at exclusive program and leadership events throughout the year
  • Invitation to an intimate Sundance Institute Program Spotlight Dinner in New York
  • Invitation to Cocktails with Cooper, a Festival preview event series where you will get insider recommendations on must-see films from Festival Director John Cooper and our senior programmers (events take place in December in Los Angeles, Park City and New York)
  • Subscription to all Sundance Institute publications including the Annual Report, Sundance Circle newsletters, Institute magazine and more
  • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities and invitations to events for all Sundance Festivals around the world

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on-screen before every film during the Sundance Film Festival, in all Sundance Film Festival and Institute publications and on the Sundance Institute website

We are pleased to accept donations in the form of wire or stock transfers. Please contact the Individual Giving office for instructions at (310) 492-2317 or giving@sundance.org.

Visionary ($50,000)

INVEST IN TRANSFORMATIVE STORYTELLING.

Visionary support contributes $2.9 million in direct grants for artists to develop new work.

At its core, Sundance Institute is about Artist Support – providing a place for artists to explore and experiment with their work, free from the pressures of the marketplace. The signature residential artist development lab created by Robert Redford in 1981 continues to thrive, providing artists with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to incubate their most audacious ideas in an environment where risk-taking is encouraged and failure is regarded as a valuable step in a project’s creative evolution.

As a Visionary, your vital contribution keeps the Lab programs alive so that the most exciting independent voices of our time continue to be heard. Your gift also allows the Institute to provide extended financial, strategic, and create support for artists through direct project granting, post-Lab workshops and intensives, and continuous contact with Advisors.

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To discuss becoming an instrumental donor to Sundance Institute at the Visionary level please contact Rachel Denny at 646-863-5993 or rachel_denny@sundance.org.

First In Line at Fest

  • 2 complimentary First Half Express Passes and Second Half Express Passes for easy entrance to screenings throughout the full Festival
  • Opportunity to request 1 complimentary First Half Eccles Pass and Second Half Eccles Pass to bring a guest with you to all screenings at the Eccles Theatre (additional goods and services fees will apply)
  • Opportunity to request up to 4 Festival Express Ticket Credentials – when used with a ticket, these let you use priority pass holder lines – all four can be transferable for more flexibility with your guests (no restrictions on choice of First Half or Second Half week credentials)

Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages and Tickets

  • Personal assistance with your Festival ticketing, lodging, parking, transportation, restaurant reservations and delivery of Festival materials to your Park City lodging
  • Complimentary Sundance Circle staff assistance with all your purchased ticket package selections, bypassing the online timeslot selection process
  • Enjoy Express Check In and VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office including on site ticket exchanging & purchasing
  • Pre-select up to 40 complimentary tickets before the Festival (subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per screening)
  • Purchase up to 4 Festival Express Pass and Ticket Package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability; max 2 First Half Express Passes per membership)
  • Opportunity to request up to 8 Sundance Film Festival Credentials for access to select non-theatrical venues

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Opportunity to request complimentary Temple Parking Pass and purchase additional Festival Parking Passes directly through the Sundance Circle Office (as long as supplies last)
  • Festival merchandise gift bag
  • Sundance Circle Membership Card for discounts at Festival Merchandise Stores
  • Exclusive Sundance Circle tote bag
  • Complimentary Festival Catalog

Mix & Mingle with Your Festival Community

  • Opportunity to request 2 complimentary tickets to Artist at the The Table opening night Festival event (additional goods and services fees will apply)
  • Invitation to intimate Program dinners with Festival artists and Institute Leadership
  • Roped seating at the Park City Day One First Screening at Eccles Theatre
  • Invitations to exclusive Festival gatherings with Sundance Institute Executive Director, Keri Putnam, leading artists of independent film and theatre, and our artist development directors (Events may include: New Frontier Premier Party, Celebration of Music in Film, Feature Film Program Reception, Shorts Awards Party, Documentary Film Program Reception and more)
  • 4 tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Party with roped seating
  • Invitation to a “From the Archive” Collection screening at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle screenings and receptions at the Sundance Film Festival
  • 4 tickets to the Day One Party (subject to change)

Engage with Sundance Year Round

  • Opportunity to connect with Sundance leadership and artist alumni at exclusive program and leadership events throughout the year
  • Invitation to an intimate Sundance Institute Program Spotlight Dinner in New York
  • Invitation to Cocktails with Cooper, a Festival preview event series where you will get insider recommendations on must-see films from Festival Director John Cooper and our senior programmers (events take place in December in Los Angeles, Park City and New York)
  • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities and invitations to events for all Sundance Festivals around the world
  • Subscription to all Sundance Institute publications including the Annual Report, Sundance Circle newsletters, Institute magazine and more

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on-screen before every film during the Sundance Film Festival, in all Sundance Film Festival and Institute publications and on the Sundance Institute website

We are pleased to accept donations in the form of wire or stock transfers. Please contact the Individual Giving office for instructions at (310) 492-2317 or giving@sundance.org.

Leadership Giving (above $50,000)

Leadership Giving donors make a profound investment in Sundance Institute’s artist development programs. These most generous donors are part of a vibrant community of like-minded philanthropists supporting the voices telling the most innovative and influential stories of our time. In addition to making a tangible impact at Sundance Institute, giving above the Visionary level grants access to customized festival and year-round benefits. Leadership Giving donors may choose to direct their support to the program of their choice. Please visit our Leadership Giving page to learn more about the work your gift makes possible.

Please be in touch with Rachel Denny, Director of Individual Giving at (646) 863-5993 or rachel_denny@sundance.org to discuss the many possibilities available at this most generous level of giving.

*Sundance Circle contributions are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the Festival for any reason, your donation can be made fully tax-deductible. Festival benefits cannot be transferred to future years.

Brochure download and contact info

Download the full Institute Circle brochure, or just the printable form for joining. If you have questions or simply want more information, email abigail_smayda@sundance.org or call (310) 492-2338.