Sundance Circle

INVEST IN STORYTELLERS. JOIN SUNDANCE CIRCLE.

Sundance Institute is a champion and curator of independent stories. We believe that films and plays marked by an original voice and a creative vision have the power to engage and connect us. We provide and preserve the space for these storytellers to create and thrive through the Sundance Labs, and our Sundance Film Festival invites artists and audiences into a community that ignites the new ideas that inform and transform our culture.

When you join Sundance Circle, you enter a culturally curious global community. Your support is essential to the vitality of our programs that advance diverse independent voices around the world in narrative film, documentary, theatre, new media, and beyond. Together we can ensure that the most important stories of our time will be told and heard.

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.

11,000+ 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

  • Ability to pre-select up to 10 complimentary tickets directly through the Sundance Circle Office before the Festival (subject to availability, limit 4 per screening)
  • Opportunity to 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)
  • Option to request up to 2 Festival credentials for access to select non-theatre venues
  • VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office, including on-site ticket exchanging and 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 Festival
  • 2 tickets to the Awards Night Party

Engage with Sundance Year-Round

  • Invitation to Festival Sneak Preview: Cocktails with Cooper, an 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 and more
  • Opportunities and invitations to engage with Sundance Institute throughout the year

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on the Sundance Institute website and in our 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 2,500 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

  • Ability to pre-select up to 20 complimentary tickets directly through the Sundance Circle Office before the Festival (subject to availability, limit 4 per screening)
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 2 Festival Express pass and ticket package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office, including access to First Half Eccles Passes! (subject to availability; limit 1 First Half Express Pass per membership; First Half Express Passes by waitlist only)
  • NEW: Option to request 1 complimentary Express Ticket Credential for each Eccles Pass purchased (limit 2)—exclusive to Guardian level!
  • Option to request up to 4 Festival credentials for access to select non-theatre venues
  • VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office, including on-site ticket exchanging and 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 Collection” screening at the Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle private screenings and receptions at the Festival
  • 2 tickets to the Awards Night Party

Engage with Sundance Year-Round

  • Invitation to Festival Sneak Preview: Cocktails with Cooper, an 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 and more
  • Opportunities and invitations to engage with Sundance Institute throughout the year

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on the Sundance Institute website and in our annual report, lab books, and Festival catalog

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 90 public events across the country, engaging 94,000 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

  • Option to request up to 4 Festival Express Ticket Credentials—when used with a ticket, these grant access to priority pass holder lines (option of 2 First Half and 2 Second Half Credentials or 4 Second Half Credentials; nontransferable)

Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages, and Tickets

  • Ability to pre-select up to 40 complimentary tickets directly through the Sundance Circle Office before the Festival (subject to availability, limit 4 per screening)
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 4 Festival Express Pass and ticket package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office, including access to First Half Express Passes! (subject to availability; limit 1 First Half Express Pass per membership; waitlist only)
  • Option to request up to 6 Festival credentials for access to select non-theatre venues
  • VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office, including on-site ticket exchanging and purchasing

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Opportunity to purchase Festival parking passes directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability)
  • 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 Premiere Party, Celebration of Music in Film, Feature Film Program Reception, Shorts Awards Party, Documentary Film Program Reception, and more.)
  • Invitation to a “From the Collection” screening at the Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle private screenings and receptions at the Festival
  • 4 tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Party wit roped seating

Engage with Sundance Year-Round

  • Invitation to Festival Sneak Preview: Cocktails with Cooper, an 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 and more
  • Opportunities and invitations to engage with Sundance Institute throughout the year

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on the Sundance Institute website and in our annual report, lab books, and Festival catalog

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 15 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 1,010 artist Fellows annually, representing 50 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 or last 5 days of the Festival
  • Option to request up to 4 Festival Express Ticket Credentials—when used with a ticket, these grant access to priority pass holder lines (option of 2 First Half and 2 Second Half Credentials OR 4 Second Half Credentials; nontransferable)

Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages, and Tickets

  • Ability to pre-select up to 40 complimentary tickets before the Festival (subject to availability, limit 4 per screening)
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 4 Festival Express Pass and ticket package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability; limit 1 First Half Express Pass per membership)
  • Option to request up to 8 Festival credentials for access to select non-theatre venues
  • VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office, including on-site ticket exchanging and purchasing

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Opportunity to purchase Festival parking passes directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability)
  • 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 Premiere Party, Celebration of Music in Film, Feature Film Program Reception, Shorts Awards Party, Documentary Film Program Reception, and more.)
  • Invitation to a “From the Collection” screening at the Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle private screenings and receptions at the Festival
  • 4 tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Party wit roped seating

Engage with Sundance Year-Round

  • Opportunity to connect with Sundance leadership and artist alumni at exclusive program and leadership events throughout the year
  • Exclusive invitations to additional year-round Sundance Institute events
  • Invitation to Festival Sneak Preview: Cocktails with Cooper, an 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 and more
  • Opportunities and invitations to engage with Sundance Institute throughout the year

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on screen before every film during the Sundance Film Festival, in all 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 $3.28 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
  • Option 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 (no restrictions on choice of First Half or Second Half credentials)
  • Complimentary Sundance Circle staff assistance with all your purchased ticket package selections, bypassing the online timeslot selection process
  • Personal assistance with your Festival ticketing, lodging, parking, transportation plus delivery of Festival materials to your Park City lodging

Premium Access to Festival Passes, Packages, and Tickets

  • Ability to pre-select up to 40 complimentary tickets directly through the Sundance Circle Office before the Festival (subject to availability, limit 4 per screening)
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 4 Festival Express Pass and ticket package items directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability; limit 2 First Half Express Passes per membership)
  • Option to request up to 8 Festival credentials for access to select non-theatre venues
  • VIP services through the members-only Sundance Circle Festival Office, including on-site ticket exchanging and purchasing

Sundance Circle Survival Kit

  • Opportunity to request complimentary Temple Parking Pass and purchase additional Festival parking passes directly through the Sundance Circle Office (subject to availability)
  • Sundance Circle membership card for discounts at Festival merchandise stores
  • Complimentary Festival catalog

Mix & Mingle with Your Festival Community

  • Invitation to intimate program dinners with Festival artists and Institute leadership
  • 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 Premiere Party, Celebration of Music in Film, Feature Film Program Reception, Shorts Awards Party, Documentary Film Program Reception, and more.)
  • Invitation to a “From the Collection” screening at the Festival
  • Invitation to exclusive Sundance Circle private screenings and receptions at the Festival
  • 4 tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Party wit roped seating

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 Festival Sneak Preview: Cocktails with Cooper, an 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 and more
  • Opportunities and invitations to engage with Sundance Institute throughout the year

Donor Appreciation

  • Recognition on screen before every film during the Sundance Film Festival, in all 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 to to our leadership donors.

*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.

ATTEND AN ARTIST AT THE TABLE

Each year, we kick off the Festival with our Artist at the Table benefit celebration — an evening that includes a ticket to our opening night film, followed by a dinner where guests are seated with a Festival filmmaker. Get to know an up-and-coming artist over a delicious meal and a program of live entertainment, all while supporting the year-round work of Sundance Institute.

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