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Sundance Institute is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences.

At our core, we believe that individuals can spark new ideas that entertain, push creative boundaries, and ignite empathy and understanding that can ultimately lead to social change. We look for these attributes not only in the artists we support but also in the extraordinary talent that we hire to bring our mission to life. We’re building a talent community full of inspired individuals who want to be a part of the action through our Institute roles, Festival positions, and other short-term, internship, and volunteer opportunities. With that, we encourage individuals from diverse and historically underrepresented communities, as well as those with unique and transferable skill-sets from various industries, to apply to join the Sundance Institute community.

If you’re looking for a place where creativity, passion, and collaboration come together in support of a unifying purpose, Sundance Institute is where you belong.If you have the qualifications and feel you would enjoy and excel in any of these positions, please prepare a cover letter and resume for your application to give us a summary of an accomplishment in a similar role and why Sundance Institute would be your employer of choice!

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  • There are no internship openings at this time. Please check back for future opportunities.

  • Volunteer Opportunities
    Volunteer positions are available for varying lengths of time during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Sundance Film Festival: London, our summer benefit event in Los Angeles, and our summer labs in the Utah mountains. See more details at sundance.org/volunteer.

Why Sundance

Sundance Institute offers an unparalleled experience, with the opportunity to make a real impact both personally and professionally. We are dedicated to creating the best employee experience and invite you to learn more about why our culture, people, and perks make us a great place to work.

  • At Sundance Institute, we are united by a commitment to support the storytellers who impact our world, and to bring their work to new audiences. We aim to create an environment where the values of openness, honesty, creativity, engagement, and rigor are at the forefront of everything we do.

    Behind the scenes, we know that it takes the right culture and people to create big ideas. All of us at the Institute commit ourselves to this vision by upholding our core values:

    • Build open and honest relationships
    • Be creative and open-minded
    • Connect and engage
    • Work rigorously and skillfully
  • Our employees enjoy a variety of total rewards, including:

    • A weeklong summer break allowing everyone to take a vacation at the same time so no one falls behind
    • Over 15 paid holidays, in addition to federal holidays and others we added just because we can!
    • The opportunity to work from home one day a week (upon specific requirements)
    • Salt Lake City–to–Park City vanpool, a transit flexible spending account (FSA benefit in New York), and parking reimbursement in Los Angeles
    • Summer barbecues (Park City) and block parties (Los Angeles)
    • Weekly short film breaks in Park City and Los Angeles

    Staff also enjoy access to the world-class Sundance Film Festival, with complimentary advance tickets, a staff credential, and an official staff jacket. Additionally, staff have opportunities to attend informal discussions with Sundance Institute–supported artists who periodically visit our offices.

  • When joining the Institute, you are entering a community of inspiring and dedicated individuals who collectively create a culture worth celebrating. Hear firsthand from a few of our people on why they’re excited to come to work each day.

    Allegra Amend (Coordinator, Accounts Payable): "I love that we're all intensely passionate about the mission of Sundance Institute, and I know hardly any of us would be here if we weren't. We want untold stories to be heard loud and clear."

    Rosie Wong (Director, Industry Relations): “I love working with amazing colleagues and industry members. I have worked here for 15 years and have met so many wonderful people both within the organization and in the industry, many of whom have become friends over the years.”

    Romina Garcia (Coordinator, Labs Ground Transportation): “When I first came to Sundance Institute, I immediately felt like I belonged. … I cannot count the number of times I have been sitting in the room and thinking, ‘What a privilege. I am so lucky to be part of this.’ … This organization is so much more than just a group of stories and storytellers. It is a legacy of human experience, and it is also my family."

    Christopher Hibma (Director, Theatre Program): “It's been a joy to witness how our organization embraces innovation and new ideas. We are a people who have interrogated our purpose deeply and we are not afraid to think big.”

  • Our employees are deeply invested in the Institute, and we strive to invest in our people. Our year-round employees enjoy the following benefits:*

    • Health, vision, and dental insurance
    • Optional flexible spending accounts
    • Health insurance waiver reimbursement (proof of other medical insurance required)
    • Life, accident, and disability insurance (short- and long-term disability)
    • A retirement savings plan with an automatic 7% employer contribution after one year
    • Paid vacation time and over 15 paid holidays
    • Paid sick time (with a policy that allows you to take time off to care for sick pets)
    • Paid family and medical leave
    • Access to professional development funds

    *Benefits vary by position. Each job listing will indicate whether the position is eligible for benefits.

Where We Are

Park City
Our Park City office boasts access to world-class outdoor recreation, with ski lifts, hiking, and mountain bike trails just minutes from our front door. Park City employees enjoy the opportunity to ride a free staff vanpool from Salt Lake City to the office each day as space permits. The Utah Transit Authority also runs a bus with limited service from the Salt Lake Valley to Park City, and there is free bus service within Park City.

Los Angeles
Centrally located in the heart of Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood, our LA office is right across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the La Brea Tar Pits, and the soon-to-be-completed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. There is also easy access to plenty of nearby restaurants and food trucks.

New York
Our New York office is situated in the center of the Theater District in midtown Manhattan, with access to world-class arts and performance venues and a vast array of restaurants. Just a short walk from Times Square, the office is also easily accessible via subway.

Commitment to Inclusion

Inclusion is a core value at Sundance Institute. We are proud of the work we do in this area with artists, and we are equally committed to diversity within our halls. We welcome individuals of all ethnicities, religions, genders, and abilities to join our team.

FAQs

  • Does Sundance Institute hire international applicants?

    Yes. Applicants must have a current and valid U.S. work authorization. We do not sponsor employees at this time. However, it is important to note that our unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities do not require work authorization.

    I just submitted my application. What happens next?
    Thank you for applying! Our team will review your application and get back to you if there is a potential fit. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder for an email from us.


    I want to apply for multiple positions. Does that hurt my chances?
    No. However, if you are interested in multiple positions, we ask that you submit an application for only those jobs that match your skill set.

    How long does the interview process take?
    The timeline varies depending on the position and the departments involved. However, we do notify all candidates at the beginning of the interview process and keep them apprised of their status as we move along, no matter the outcome.

    I’ve applied for an opening and haven’t heard anything back. How can I find the status of my application?
    Usually, if a position is still listed on our website, we are still accepting and reviewing applications. Please bear with us! We do our best to keep our careers page up to date. We receive numerous applications for our openings and we make an honest effort to get a response to everyone. If you haven’t heard anything in over two weeks, you can email us at hr@sundance.org.

  • Festival Roles

    If I am hired to work for a Sundance Film Festival position in Park City and I am coming from out of state, will housing be provided?
    Sundance Institute is unable to provide long-term employee housing. Once you are hired, we can point out some local resources for finding housing, but employees are responsible for their own living arrangements.

    Will I be required to work on holidays and weekends?
    It depends on the position, but most Festival roles do require our staff to work extended hours, including late nights, early mornings, weekends, and some holidays. Time off will be determined by your supervisor, in accordance with the needs of the business, after your start date.

    Will I get to see films during the Festival?
    The opportunity to see films varies depending upon workload, but all staff do receive a number of complimentary tickets or vouchers as well as a Festival credential, which allows staff to waitlist for films and enter free of charge.

    Lab Roles

    The job description says I may be required to live on-site at Sundance Mountain Resort for a certain amount of time, but I live nearby. Can I just commute?
    Unfortunately, no. Due to the nature of the work at the labs, we need our staff to live on the mountain during assigned times.

    I’d love to live at the resort to work for the labs. Can I bring my partner/pet/family member?
    Because staff lodging is in shared homes, we have to restrict visitors. Additionally, pets are not allowed in the homes we provide to our staff.

    What can I expect for work-life balance when working at the labs?
    Because work hours can fluctuate significantly, our staff are required to live and work at the labs. The lab positions require a lot of long days and nontraditional hours. However, we make sure everyone gets time off the mountain each week for rest and recovery.

    I’m an aspiring filmmaker/writer/actor. Will I be able to share my projects with the artists attending the labs?
    Our mission is to provide the artists we are supporting with the space to be creative. Because of this, we want to respect boundaries. It is not appropriate to use your position for personal gain.

Sundance Institute participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture, and we do not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected under federal, state, or local laws. The Institute will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

The Sundance Group is a collective of nonprofit and for-profit entities that share a commitment to independent expression, original thinking, and the natural environment. It is composed of Sundance Institute, the Sundance Catalog, Sundance Mountain Resort, SundanceTV, and Sundance Now. However, each entity operates independently.

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