Sundance Alumni Artists


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.

  • All Sundance Institute alumni are eligible for one Alumni Festival Credential. This complimentary credential allows you to experience the 2020 Sundance Film Festival first hand and connect with fellow artists from all programs of the Sundance Institute. Each registered alum receives access to

    • All non-theater/non-ticketed venues
    • Purchase up to 6 tickets for Public screenings at the Alumni Desk ($25 each, based upon availability during alumni desk hours)
    • Up to two (2) complimentary tickets to select Sundance Institute Events during the Festival (based upon availability at the Alumni Desk)

    Alumni Festival Credential registration starts on Tuesday, November 12, and continues until Friday, December 13. The Alumni Credential is complimentary (registration fees apply) for those who meet eligibility requirements. 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.

  • 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.

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

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

    Hours of Availability

    January 23 - February 1, 2020 - 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
    February 2, 2020
    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

  • You’re making history. From feature-length films to shorts to new-media projects, the work you create shapes independent storytelling and the heritage of Sundance Institute. We help you tell your stories—and we help you protect and preserve them, too. That’s why we’re offering, for the first time ever, open applications for the Sundance Preservation Fund, which provides $500–5,000 grants to support the preservation and restoration of all Sundance-supported projects. Our grant will contribute to funding preservation consultation, scanning services, remastering, restoration, and preservation hardware, migration, and upkeep of your project. Applications for preservation grants are now open, and the first round of grants will be awarded in August 2019. Make history—and make it last.

    Apply Now.

    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.

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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.

Artist Trustees

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.

  • Ritesh Batra is a BAFTA Award nominated writer-director who was named one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2017. His most recent film, Photograph, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and was released by Amazon Studios in May. His previous films include Our Souls at Night, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, for Netflix, and The Sense of an Ending for BBC and FilmNation starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. Ritesh’s debut feature film The Lunchbox, was supported by Sundance and premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Rail d’Or. It was one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and nominated for the 2015 BAFTA Awards for “Best Film Not In The English Language.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lynette Wallworth is an Emmy and AACTA award winning Australian artist/filmmaker who frequently pushes the boundaries with new technologies. Her most recent works have been Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality immersive documentaries.

    Wallworth’s work has been shown at Sundance New Frontiers since 2009 when her installation Evolution of Fearlessness was invited by Shari Frilot. She has been a regular presenter at New Frontiers since that time. Wallworth received Sundance Institute New Frontiers inaugural Virtual Reality residency which partnered her with Jaunt VR and a residency at the Technicolor Experience Center.

    Wallworth’s work has shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian, Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London Cultural Olympiad; Auckland Triennial; Adelaide Biennial; Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others as well as film festivals including-Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival. Her works have been presented at the UN General Congress New York, in the UN Vienna, at the Australian Parliament and at the Washington State Department.

    Wallworth’s works include the interactive video installation Evolution of Fearlessness; the award winning full-dome feature Coral, with it's accompanying augmented reality work; the AACTA award winning documentary Tender, the Emmy award winning virtual reality narrative Collisions which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos and her most recent XR work ‘Awavena’ which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2018.

    Wallworth has been awarded an International Fellowship from the Arts Council England, a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural Australian Film, Television and Radio School Creative Fellowship, the Joan and Kim Williams Documentary Fellowship and a Skoll Stories of Change/Sundance Impact Fellowship. She has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence presented by George Miller, and in 2016 she was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She has been a frequent advisor at Sundance Labs. She is a Cultural Leader at the World Economic Forum and is a member of the World Economic Forums’ Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality



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