The Sundance Institute's Safety and Belonging Survey

In June, the Sundance Institute publicly acknowledged that our Festival and Labs have not always been safe spaces for our BIPOC community members. We reaffirmed our commitment to the principles central to our mission: equity, inclusivity, and accessibility, and our commitment to reimagine the Sundance experience at our Festival and beyond.

A critical part of this process is to engage more deeply with our community of artists, audiences, and staff to identify and understand past experiences so that we can use the information to shape safer and more inclusive spaces, especially in time for the 2021 Festival. We have committed ourselves to the long-term work required to yield real change. This survey is one step in that process.

For our part, we are committed to doing the work necessary—both short and long term—to build a framework for change, and build spaces that are not just welcoming and more inclusive, but where our artists, staff, and audiences—especially those from BIPOC communities—feel fully uplifted, cared for, and valued.

We have shared this survey with recent participants who have had projects in the Sundance Film Festival and who took part in the Lab programs, as well as staff and Ignite Ticket Package buyers. If you had a film or project in the Festival or participated in a Lab and would like to participate but did not directly receive the survey, please email safetyandbelonging@sundance.org to receive a secure link.

We extend our deepest gratitude for those who take the time to partner with us in this work.

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