Sundance Artist Alumni


Throughout your creative career, the Institute provides a range of professional resources and social opportunities. Benefits include alumni ticket packages for the Sundance Film Festival, events throughout the year, film preservation, consultation and support on Kickstarter campaigns, and access to digital distribution. Please find more details about each of these benefits below:

Sundance Film Festival

We’re thrilled to offer the following benefits to Sundance Alumni at the Sundance Film Festival, including Alumni Credentials and ticketing access.

  • We are offering the Alumni 10 Ticket Package which includes a Festival credential and 10 tickets for $300.
    Dates Valid: January 24-February 3, 2019
    Cost: $300

    • Package includes 10 tickets to regular screenings and/or panel discussions.
    • Limit of 4 tickets total per screening or panel discussion (based upon availability).
    • Package includes one non-photo Festival Credential. Credentials permit access to non-theatre venues (including all sponsor venues).

    The Alumni 10 Ticket Package Registration starts on Tuesday, November 13 and continues as inventory lasts until Friday, December 14. Registration and sale will be first-come, first-served provided you meet eligibility requirements. To request to be added to the mailing list to receive information on Alumni 10 Ticket Package Registration, please email

    Please note that if you have a film that has been accepted into the 2019 Festival, you are not eligible to purchase an Alumni 10 Ticket Package; you will receive additional information about ticketing opportunities from your assigned Artist Relations Liaison.

    Questions? Contact the Sundance Alumni Relations Department at

  • If you choose not to purchase an Alumni Ticket Package, all Sundance Institute supported alumni are eligible for one complimentary 2019 Sundance Film Festival Alumni Credential (see requirements below). Alumni Credentials provide access to:

    • All non-ticketed official Festival venues
    • Access to Sundance Industry Office (SIO) Lounge (located right next door in Ballroom 1)
    • Purchase up to 6 tickets (based on availability) at the Alumni Desk (see below for more information)
    • Choose up to 2 event/party tickets (based on availability) at the Alumni Desk

    Alumni Credential Registration starts on Tuesday, November 13 and continues until Friday, December 14. The Alumni Credential is complimentary (registration fees apply) for those who meet eligibility requirements. If you request to purchase an Alumni 10-Ticket Package, you will not need to additionally request an Alumni Festival Credential, as the ticket package includes an Alumni Festival Credential. To request to be added to the mailing list to receive information about Alumni Credential Registration, please email

    Credentials will be available for pick-up beginning January 24 at the Alumni Desk at Festival Headquarters. After December 14, Alumni Credentials are only available for request onsite at the Alumni Desk during the Festival, which may take up to an hour or more to process.

  • With an Alumni Credential, each alumni may purchase up to six tickets (per credential and based on availability) during the Festival (not per day) onsite at the Alumni Desk during the Festival. This is a special alumni-only pool of tickets, and sales will be first-come, first-served and must be made in person at the Alumni Desk. If you purchased an Alumni Ticket Package, you may also request to purchase up to six tickets (based on availability); however, alumni who do not have an Alumni Ticket Package will take priority over those that do.

  • We have a select number of Institute and Festival event invitations set aside for our alumni during the Festival to meet other filmmakers, artists, composers, and industry. With an Alumni Credential or Alumni 10 Ticket Package, each alumni may request two event tickets (per credential and based on availability) onsite at the Alumni Desk. All requests must be made in person at the Alumni Desk.

  • The Alumni Desk is located at Festival Headquarters at the Park City Marriott. Fully staffed with volunteers to help you as needed, you can check-in and pick up your Credentials/Ticket Packages here, as well as request event tickets or purchase additional screening tickets (based on availability).

    Alumni Desk
    Located near Film and Press Office Headquarters, Ballrooms 1 and 2
    Park City Marriott
    1895 Sidewinder Drive

    Hours of Availability

    January 24-February 2, 2019
    8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
    February 3, 2019
    We all had that sense of community our first time at Sundance – whether it was at the Lab, hunkered down at the Owl Bar, or battling the snow and the crowds up Main Street at the Festival. The Sundance Alumni Program is about building that community, both as a resource for you and for us.
    To qualify as Sundance Institute Alumni, you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • A filmmaker/artist that has been selected for and received support from an Institute residency lab, initiative, fellowship, or grant.
    • A filmmaker/artist that has directed a film/installation that has been selected for inclusion in the Sundance Film Festival.

Ongoing Support

  • The Creative Distribution Initiative helps independent storytellers build audiences and sustain careers through innovations in marketing, distribution, and data transparency. Click here to learn more.

  • If your work has passed through the Sundance Film Festival or any of our artist development programs, the Sundance Collection at UCLA can help ensure that it is properly archived. Click here to learn more about film preservation.

  • Are you promoting a Sundance Institute supported play, film, project or artist? We've got laurels that you can use for marketing for all Festival years, awards, and Institute programs. Email us at

Giving Back

Alumni involvement is essential to the ongoing health and success of Sundance Institute. We are happy to offer a wide range of ways for alumni to participate, including serving as a panelist at a workshop or festival, advising at a residential lab, joining the Institute’s Membership program and promoting the work of the Institute through live events or web content.

Please email for more information about getting involved.


In 2003, the Institute began the Artist Trustee program in order to formally engage artists at the highest level of the organization. Representing the voices and needs of creators and their respective fields, these influential Trustees provide critical insights and enlightened perspectives that inform the Institute’s full range of activities.

  • Ryan Coogler began his film career at USC and garnered attention for his feature film Fruitvale Station and his three short films Locks, Gap and Fig which have played numerous film festivals and won numerous awards over the past few years. Ryan was a participant in the 2013 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab where he developed his first feature, Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. The film won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and also won the Un Certain Regard category at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 2013 Vanguard Award presented by Sundance Institute and Tiffany & Co. Ryan’s next feature project was Creed, a revival of the Rocky franchise, which premiered in 2015. Ryan is not only an accomplished filmmaker but also a passionate activist. Most recently, he organized a #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event in Flint, Michigan to raise money and awareness for the Flint water crisis. In April of 2016, he was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. Ryan’s next feature project will be writing and directing Black Panther for Marvel.

  • Ava is a filmmaker, marketer and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, she became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director prize for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere (US Dramatic Competition).

    Previously, she formed the DuVernay Agency, now known as DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. The award-winning marketing and publicity firm has provided strategy and execution for more than 100 film and TV projects by directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.

    Ava participated as a mentee in the inaugural year of Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative mentorship program, and was a mentor at FFP’s 2013 Screenwriters Intensive. Ava is based in Los Angeles.

  • Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. She wrote the book and lyrics for musical Fun Home, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori, which won five 2015 Tony awards including Best Musical and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lisa’s other plays include In The Wake, Well, and the Obie Award winning 2.5 Minute Ride. As an actor she received a Tony award nomination for her performance in Well and a Lortel Award for her turn as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, a Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and grants from the Creative Capital and NYFA. Lisa is also founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers. She serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony and the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.



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