Equity, Impact, and Belonging

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

Upcoming Opportunities

Location Details


Momentum Fellowship



Women at Sundance



Inclusion Resource Map



Indigenous Program



Field-Wide Leadership


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.

Race & Gender Analysis of Sundance Submissions & Acceptances More >

Barriers and Opportunities for Women Filmmakers More >

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 press@sundance.org.

Cultivating Community

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

Emerson Collective

Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation


The Harnisch Foundation

Warner Bros. Pictures


20th Century Fox


Ford Foundation

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

Photo Gallery

A look inside Equity, Impact, and Belonging