Indigenous Program




The Sundance Institute Indigenous Program champions and provides deep support of Indigenous-created stories on a global scale. From labs and fellowships to screenings and gatherings around the world, the program’s offerings are designed in response to the specific needs of Native and Indigenous storytellers. Through our work, we emulate our core values of decolonizing the screen and uplifting the voices of Indigenous artists, recognizing that telling their stories comes with great responsibility and obligation towards Indigenous peoples, communities and their sovereignty.

Indigenous Shorts Tour

The 2022 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a program of six short films selected from recent editions of the Sundance Film Festival directed by Indigenous filmmakers. The tour includes fiction, documentary, animation and experimental works from around the world, giving new audiences a taste of what the Festival’s Indigenous filmmakers have to offer. This year, the tour will be available to watch in person at various of our partner venues throughout the country from June 3-17, 2022. Find a venue near you and register for the events on the partner websites.

Santa Fe, New Mexico*

Detroit, Michigan*

Vicksburg, Mississippi*

Los Angeles, California

Clewiston, Florida

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

*Additional support for screenings in New Mexico, Michigan, and Mississippi is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Indigenous Program Calendar

The Indigenous Program focuses on the specific development of storytellers from Native and Indigenous backgrounds, encompassing feature film and episodic work. Fellows will receive hands-on support from the Institute and advisors, including one-on-one feedback sessions and roundtable discussions.

Upcoming Opportunities

Location Details


Online & Santa Fe, NM


Support for the Indigenous Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Nia Tero Foundation

Indigenous Screen Office


New Zealand Film Commission

Jenifer and Jeffrey Westphal

Indigenous Media Initiatives

Felix Culpa

Sarah Luther

Susan Shilliday

Photo Gallery

A look inside our Indigenous Program Labs and Intensives