Equity, Impact, and Belonging
Inclusion is one of the core values driving Sundance Institute’s work. The Equity, Impact, and Belonging Program encompasses our initiatives across all programs within our organization to deepen engagement with storytellers and audiences across ethnicities, genders, abilities, sexual orientations, and geographic regions. In doing so, we inspire emerging artists to tell their stories and we work to increase the diversity of projects submitted for consideration to all Institute programs — including labs, intensives, grants, and the Sundance Film Festival.
Direct Artist Support
Women at Sundance
Inclusion Resource Map
In order to enhance our understanding of the systematic barriers for artists from underrepresented communities, we collaborated with researchers to analyze the demographics of all Sundance Film Festival applicants and accepted participants, as well as select artist labs.
Press Inclusion Initiative
At the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, we increased the number of top-tier press credentials reserved for critics from underrepresented communities by 20 percent and provided travel stipends to 50 of those journalists. We are pleased to report that, as a result, 64 percent of the total press in attendance at the Festival were from underrepresented communities. The Sundance Institute Press Inclusion Initiative is made possible by founding support from: The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Netflix, Open Society Foundations, and Rotten Tomatoes. For more information on the Press Inclusion Initiative, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative aims to deepen our relationships and collaborations with like-minded arts organizations and companies that engage in the support and development of emerging artists from underrepresented communities.
Support for the Feature Film Program
The Sundance Institute Outreach & Inclusion Program is made possible by founding support from the Time Warner Foundation. Additional leadership support is provided by:
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation
The Harnisch Foundation
Warner Bros. Pictures
20th Century Fox
Jason Delane Lee and Yvonne Huff Lee
Rene and Rena Cruz — Esperanza Arts Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Philip Fung — A3 Foundation
Warner Media Group
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Open Society Foundations
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