Individual Giving

Ways to Participate

Find your home at Sundance Institute

At Sundance Institute we are committed to providing and preserving the space for artists to create and thrive. We invite you to find your home with us, whether your love is for theatre, film, the Festival or the Institute overall, we have the perfect program to connect you with your passion. We’ll even offer you a variety of benefits as a way of showing our gratitude. Our Leadership Programs provide an even deeper level of engagement with our Sundance artists, allowing donors to provide a philanthropic level of resources in the form of grants, fellowships and exclusive visionary support. There's also our Catalyst Program, which connects forward thinking financiers with the world of independent film and creates opportunities to invest in the production of compelling, unique stories. Our Sundance Circle program will give you an up close and personal Institute experience including great access to the Festival.

Whether your gift is $150 or $150,000, there is a place for you to profoundly connect with Sundance Institute. Join our community and become a champion for the independent artists and stories you love.


Programs Supported By Individuals

Donor Spotlight


Individual Supporters

As of September 22, 2017

$2,500-$4,999

  • John Ainsworth and Shawn Ryan
  • Beth Alpert
  • Marilyn August
  • Teresa Beck
  • Thomas and Patter Birsic
  • Monica Bloom
  • Chris Brearton
  • Brendan Brown
  • Cara Calvin
  • Steven Cantor
  • Susan Capitelli
  • Jill Carter
  • Marie Elena Cella
  • Beth and Michael Chardack
  • Tracy Christian
  • Nancy Corliss
  • John and Debra Darrah
  • Judson Dayton
  • Jacquie Dorrance
  • Anne Dougherty
  • Ruth Duenser
  • Ronald Dunbar
  • Chandler Evans
  • Oliver Evans
  • Gayle Everest
  • Robert and Elisha Finney
  • Nancy Forster
  • Stephen and Leslie Francis
  • Jason Friedrichs
  • Jannat Gargi
  • Gabriella Glenn
  • Roger Goldman
  • Hunter Gray
  • Colleen Haddad
  • Karen Hammerman
  • Allison Hill
  • Mary Ellyn and Tom Hogan
  • Camille Huchton
  • Ashley Husich
  • Michael and Susan Jeffreys
  • Pamela Jolley
  • Allison Jones
  • Seth Kaufman
  • Patricia Kivel and Tom Biafore
  • Kelsey Koenig
  • Lisa Koxlien
  • Ki Ko-Young
  • Chris Krubert
  • Peter LaFleche
  • Shane Larson
  • Danielle Lauder
  • Jacquelyn Loughery
  • Kim McGuire
  • Janet McKinley
  • Marcela McWilliams
  • Linda and George Mendelson
  • Bruce Menin
  • Robert Miller
  • Mason Morfit
  • Deena and Edward Nahmias
  • Sharon Nehls
  • Rebecca Newhall
  • Petersen Niehoff
  • Katherine Oliver
  • Julie O'Loughlin
  • Julia Paige
  • Nicholas Pardon
  • Lauri Perry
  • Jodi Pilskin
  • Joanne Plasfky
  • Deborah Pshebniski
  • Leigh Reaves
  • Karen Reid
  • Danielle Renfrew Behrens
  • Gillianne Richards
  • Stephanie Robinson
  • Steven and Lisa Rosenfeld
  • Mr. Howard R. Rothwell
  • William and Lisa Ruh
  • Neil Sandler and Wendy Sandler
  • Christina Sayare
  • Shauna Schmunk
  • Elizabeth Schultz
  • Valerie Sestito
  • Deborah Shedlin
  • Susan Shilliday
  • Michael Sitrick
  • Jeremy Smith
  • Russell Smith
  • Helene Sorin
  • Pamela and Lawrence Stevenson
  • Dave Stroeve
  • Dyan Triffo
  • Tamara Turner
  • William Unger
  • Beth Viner
  • Antoinette von dem Hagen
  • Emily White
  • Tracey Wilen
  • Risë Wilson
  • Tom Wilson
  • Susan Wishnow
  • Barbara Wolf
  • Gwen Wynne
  • Geoffrey Yarema
  • Olivia Ziegler
  • Thomas Zimmermann
  • Beth Zollars
  • Lisa Zuccari

$5,000-9,999

  • Anonymous (4)
  • Carlos Archilla
  • Gayane Ardjian
  • Stephanie and Daniel Aucunas
  • Jana Babatunde-Bey
  • Maiken Baird
  • Laurence Bardoff and Lilli Alberga
  • Judith and Thomas Billings
  • Alexandra Bowes
  • Dawn and Craig Budner
  • Millicent Calinog
  • Marguerite and David Camarata
  • William Cameron
  • Buffy Castillo
  • Hannalorre and Mohamad Chahine
  • Grace Colby
  • Marni and Bill Cohen
  • Katie and George Coleman
  • Carlos Cusco
  • Deborah and Forrest Danson
  • Ruth and Phil Davidson
  • Richard Desich
  • William Dietz
  • Lisa Donini
  • Linda and Thomas Dupree
  • Ms. Amy Eckman & Dr. Steven Pally
  • Jana Edelbaum
  • Di-Ann Eisnor
  • Leslie and William Elkus
  • Maziar Farzam
  • Elizabeth and Jesse Fink
  • Pamela and Jeff Foxworthy
  • Sandy Gelfond
  • Lea Ann Germinder
  • Mark and Debra Gregg
  • Doris Harrigan
  • Linda and Malcolm Hastings
  • Robin Hauser
  • Janice and Steven Hefter
  • Lisanne Hendricks
  • Terry and Ann Marie Horner
  • Barbara and Julius Hyatt
  • Mary Innis
  • Justine Jacob
  • Chandra Jessee
  • Barbara and Bob Jones
  • Jean Kaplan
  • Gabriella Kelly
  • Heather Kenihan
  • Stefani and Scott Kimche
  • Ellen Kirsh
  • Leslie and Deborah Kratter
  • Colin le Duc
  • Mary and Lindon Leader
  • Yvonne and Jason Lee
  • Shari Levitin and Lee Gerstein
  • Karen and Gregg Lund
  • Susannah Gray and John Lyons
  • Kay Malone
  • Thomas Marchetti
  • Jenny and Andrew Mason
  • Robyn McCormick
  • Allison and Jeffrey McKibben
  • Sandra and Maurice McSweeney
  • Carole Meiselman
  • Mary Melot & Robbin Beebe
  • Dale Miller
  • Irene and Gary Mottola
  • Michael Musci
  • Suzanne Niedland
  • Judy and Henry Otto
  • R. David Peeler
  • Kathryn Petersen
  • Juan Pope
  • Othon Prounis
  • Elizabeth Quail
  • Stacey and Steven Rauch
  • Deborah Reinisch
  • Brenda Robinson
  • Sonja Saltman
  • Andrew Schapiro
  • Laurie and Owen Schwartz
  • Julie and Bradley Senet
  • Elisa and Brian Slobodow
  • Richard and Linda Smaligo
  • Nicholas Snow
  • Karin Sporn
  • Brian Steward
  • David Sutphen
  • Taucher Family Foundation
  • Judi and Howard Teig
  • Mary and Peter Tennyson
  • Stacey Thal
  • Carolynn Towbin
  • Steve Tullman
  • Kristin and James Ulland
  • Christina Varotsis
  • Stacey and Paul Von Berg
  • Martin Werner
  • Gayle and Sam Youngblood

$10,000-19,999

  • Anonymous
  • Cynthia C. Amitin, MD and Steven C. Ludwig, MD
  • Laurie and Bill Benenson
  • Neill and Linda Brownstein
  • Larry and Carol Clemmensen
  • Kevin and Molly Efrusy
  • Molly Ferrante
  • Leslie and Jeffrey Fischer
  • Ronaldo M. Foresti
  • Nancy and David Garrison
  • Shari Gottlieb
  • Robin and Daniel Greenspun
  • Anne and Mark Hansen
  • Ryan Hastings
  • Marleen and David Hood
  • Karen and Mark James
  • Patrick Kennedy and Jamie Amos
  • Sharrington and Parker Kennedy
  • Nancy Medford
  • Ruth Mutch
  • Lori and Janusz Ordover
  • Iris Pattillo
  • Ellen and Mike Rosenberg
  • Stacy Sachen
  • Jim Scott
  • Maureen and Tom Shea
  • Linda and Rick Smaligo
  • Laura Stuart
  • Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort
  • Kim and Jeff Trocin
  • Nancy and Brent Trostle
  • Teri Meno Zingale

$20,000-$29,999

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Thomas R. Ajamie
  • Phyllis and Scott Bedford
  • Nancy Blachman and David desJardins
  • Jason Blum - Blumhouse Productions
  • Sharon Chang
  • David Cohen
  • Joshua M. Cohen
  • Margaret and Yogen Dalal
  • Gus Deardoff
  • Stephanie and Jon DeVaan
  • Tom Dolby
  • Jason Hirschhorn
  • Lynda Goldstein
  • Heather Goodman
  • James Heavener
  • Suzy Hendriksen
  • Arlene Inch
  • Nancy and Andrew Jarecki
  • Amanda Kelso
  • Thomas Lee
  • Kim and Ping Li
  • Kelley and Stephen Lubanko
  • Michael Luisi
  • Crystal and Charles Maggelet
  • Susan and Gib Myers
  • Katherine Phillips
  • Brian Pope
  • David E. Quinney III
  • Brenda Rever
  • Carol Rosebrough
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation
  • Robert and Deborah Schiller
  • Jane Solomon
  • Melissa Spellman
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Grazka Taylor
  • Gayle and Barry Tyerman
  • Van Beuren Charitable Foundation
  • Ethan C. Yake

$30,000-$49,999

  • Anonymous
  • Frankie and Joseph Armstead
  • Francesca and Chris Beale
  • Dr. Jan Broberg Carter - Rabbit Road Productions, CEO
  • Joyce Keil-Chafin and Bruce Chafin
  • David Chan
  • Dwight Curry
  • Ian Darling
  • Dana DiCarlo and Scott Plank
  • Dobkin Family Foundation
  • Dana and Andy Eckert
  • Nina and David Fialkow
  • William and Sakurako Fisher
  • Philip Fung - A3 Foundation
  • Sally Gepp
  • Debbie and Alan Gold
  • Frederick Green
  • Leonard Haas
  • Kathleen Hagen
  • Rachel and Andrew Hee
  • Dayna and Harvey Heller
  • Gillian Hormel
  • Anthony Hsieh
  • Margo and Ken Jacobs
  • Philip Kent
  • Lynn and Bruce Lindsey
  • Debbie McLeod and Jay Sears
  • Cathy and Alex Mendez
  • Jeffrey Pechter
  • Desiree and Kevin Plank
  • Stuart Pollard
  • Diana and Bruce Rauner
  • Riccitiello Family
  • Beth Sackler and Jeffrey Cohen
  • Spencer Silna and Nicole Barton
  • The Steiner King Family
  • Marilyn and Thomas Sutton
  • Chris Towt and Ellie Price
  • Marni and Richard Waterfield
  • Mark Wawro
  • George and Victoria Whipple
  • Joanne Wilson
  • Jean and John Yablonski

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Anonymous
  • Jill and Ryan Ahrens
  • Charmaine and Sean Bailey
  • Katherine and Paul Bettner
  • Brad and Elizabeth Bird
  • Barbara Bridges
  • Joe and Liz Casale
  • Jennifer Carrico and Chris Kelly
  • Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole
  • David and Linda Cornfield
  • Ted Dintersmith and Elizabeth Hazard
  • Abigail Disney and Pierre Hauser
  • Jeanne Donovan Fisher
  • Jill Edelson
  • Philipp Engelhorn and Cameron Yates
  • Barry Feirstein
  • Linda and Bob Frankenberg
  • The Fredston-Hermann Family
  • Donna and Kevin Gruneich
  • Caroline and Edward Hyman
  • Mike Kaeske and Haven Parchinski
  • Jason Delane Lee and Yvonne Huff Lee
  • Bobbi and Marcus Lemonis
  • Shelly and Robert Light
  • Ann Lovell
  • Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
  • Elizabeth and Chuck Mooty
  • Susan Bay Nimoy
  • Natalie Orfalea and Louis Buglioli
  • John and Marcia Price Family Foundation
  • Gigi Pritzker and Michael Pucker
  • Rick and Melinda Reed Family Foundation
  • Thomas E. Rothman and Jessica Harper
  • Christina and David Royce
  • Carolyn and Charles Rozwat
  • Jared Ruga
  • Elena and Geoffrey Sands
  • Robina Riccitiello
  • Nadine Schiff and Fred Rosen
  • Iris and Michael Smith
  • David Stone
  • Jim and Susan Swartz
  • Janet and Gottfried Tittiger
  • John and Marva Warnock
  • Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin
  • Jenifer and Jeffrey Westphal
  • J.A. & H.G. Woodruff, Jr. Charitable Trust
  • The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation

$100,000 & above

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ed Aldag, Jr.
  • Mary Lake Polan and Frank A. Bennack, Jr. - Hearst
  • Peggy Bergmann
  • John Boccardo and Derek Esplin
  • Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle - Chicago Media Project
  • Charles Engelhard Foundation
  • Genuine Article Pictures
  • Perry and Martin Granoff
  • Bill and Ruth Ann Harnisch - The Harnisch Foundation
  • Cindy Harrell Horn and Alan Horn
  • Lyn and Norman Lear
  • Lippman Family Foundation
  • Kimberly Steward
  • Elizabeth & Kenneth Whitney

Individual Supporters