Foundation Giving


Foundation Giving

Foundation Giving enables Sundance Institute to support the vital work of independent storytellers. We work closely with each foundation to connect it to Institute activities that reflect shared values and priorities. Through these efforts, we have built a community of donors who share our commitment to cultivating original voices in film and television media. Foundation grants provide stability for existing Programs and seed the launch of new initiatives. These activities empower artists to create high-quality stories that inspire audiences by speaking to the issues that shape our world. Foundations also help us achieve excellence as an organization and foster a culture of learning, mentorship, and accountability.

Programs Supported By Foundations

Feature Film

Documentary Film

Outreach and Inclusion

Indigenous Program

Women At Sundance

Sundance Film Festival

New Frontier

Creative Distribution Initiative

Film Music


Sundance Institute honors the following legacy funders for their very generous commitment to our work. These donors have provided founding support for Institute Programs or seeded major new initiatives. We are deeply grateful to each of them.

Acton Family Giving More >, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation More >
Cinereach More >
The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund More >
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation More >
The Charles Engelhard Foundation More >
Ford Foundation More >
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation More >
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation More >
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation More >
Sandbox Films More >
The Open Society Foundations More >
Skoll Foundation More >
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation More >

Sundance Institute gratefully acknowledges support received throughout the past year from the following foundations, which have helped sustain our ability to serve independent artists in numerous ways.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) More >

Arison Arts Foundation

Asante Family Philanthropic Fund

Bertha FoundationMore >

Robert Chinn Foundation

Code Blue FoundationMore >

Compton FoundationMore >

Critical Minded

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus FoundationMore >

EarthSense Foundation

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles FoundationMore >

Emerson Collective

The Film Music FoundationMore >

The Fledgling FundMore >

Gruber Family FoundationMore >

The Carrie Louise Hamilton FoundationMore >


The Harnisch Foundation

Hollywood Foreign Press Association More >

Indigenous Screen Office

JL FoundationMore >

W.K. Kellogg FoundationMore >

The Kendeda FundMore >

The David and Lura Lovell Foundation

Luma FoundationMore >


Nia Tero Foundation

Joan and Lewis Platt FoundationMore >

Promontory FoundationMore >

Deborah Reinisch and Michael Theodore Fund

Ruderman Family FoundationMore >

The Shubert Foundation, Inc.More >

Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation

The Yellow Chair Foundation