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

$2,500-$4,999

  • Edward Abratowski
  • John Ainsworth & Shawn Ryan
  • David Amor
  • Laurence Bardoff & Lilli Alberga
  • Teresa Beck
  • Douglas Beckwith
  • Claire Best
  • Patter & Thomas Birsic
  • James Boyd
  • Leslie Braun
  • Juanita Bronstein
  • Marcy Carsey
  • Jill Carter
  • Michael Chrabaszcz
  • Suzette Clarke
  • Judith Cohen
  • Julie & Peter Cummings
  • Deborah & Forrest Danson
  • Eric Douat
  • Ruth Duenser
  • Amy & Harold Eckman
  • Jill & Andrew Ellner
  • Nancy Forster
  • Sheila Forsum
  • Amy Gary
  • Diane Geier
  • Alyssa Geiger
  • Craig Goldberg
  • Mary Ellyn & Tom Hogan
  • Phyllis Hollis
  • Jessica Houssian
  • Katherine Immerman
  • Leanne Jackson
  • Barbara & Leon Kalvaria
  • Seth Kaufman
  • Joy & Joel Kellman
  • Jungju Kim
  • Patricia Kivel
  • Bonnie & Mark Kowalsky
  • Lisa Koxlien
  • Jason Langston
  • David & Lori Larcher
  • Mary & Lincoln Leader
  • Larissa Malmstadt
  • Clare & Jack Marash
  • Leigh Matthes
  • Seema & Kevin McGrath
  • Janet McKinley
  • Daniel McSwain
  • Linda & George Mendelson
  • Lauren Merage
  • Robert Miller
  • Constance Mortell
  • Deena & Edward Nahmias
  • Sharon Nehls
  • Judy & Henry Otto
  • Kelly & Michael Palmer
  • Mong Penella
  • Barbara Portman
  • Leigh & John Reaves
  • Joyce & William Roberts
  • Mr. Howard R. Rothwell
  • Lawrence Rubin
  • Mara Sandler
  • Shauna Schmunk
  • Robert L. Seigel
  • Valerie Sestito
  • Deborah Shedlin
  • Dianna Shpritz
  • Ms. Kerry Smith
  • Shayna Smith
  • Helene Sorin
  • Pamela & Lawrence Stevenson
  • Anna Teeples
  • Elizabeth Tinkham
  • Dyan Triffo
  • Rosalind Walrath
  • Michael Walsh
  • Tom Warne
  • Emily White
  • Kat White
  • Sue & David Wishnow
  • Ethan Yake
  • Thomas Zimmermann
  • Lisa & Alan Zuccari

$5,000-9,999

  • Eric Albritton
  • Carlos Archilla
  • Stephanie & Daniel Aucunas
  • Lorna Auerbach & Larry Wheat
  • Francesca & Christopher Beale
  • Judith & Thomas Billings
  • Susan Blachman
  • Andy & Kathleen Blank
  • Craig & Dawn Budner
  • Marguerite & David Camarata
  • William Cameron
  • Buffy Castillo
  • Hannalorre & Mohamad Chahine
  • Jennifer Chaiken
  • Katherine & David Cheek
  • Carol & Larry Clemmensen
  • Katie & George Coleman
  • Amanda Corley
  • Pam Crooke
  • Margaret Crotty & Rory Riggs
  • Margaret & Yogen Dalal
  • Ruth & Phil Davidson
  • Anne & Pierre De Villemejane
  • Richard Desich
  • Karen DiNunzio
  • Linda & Tom Dupree
  • Leslie & William Elkus
  • David Elmore
  • The Eisenberg Family
  • Caterina Fake
  • Deborah Feo
  • Mary & Ken Ford
  • Molly Forstall
  • Pamela & Jeff Foxworthy
  • Tabitha Furyk
  • Linda Gelfond
  • Barbara & Peter Georgescu
  • Karen & Robert Gober
  • Andrew Goldstein
  • Shari Gottlieb
  • Kimberley Gray
  • Doris Harrigan
  • Linda & Malcolm Hastings
  • Laura & Clayton Heckler
  • Dayna & Harvey Heller
  • Don Hendricks
  • Alan Herzig
  • Rick Hillstead
  • Joan & George Hornig
  • Barbara & Julius Hyatt
  • Mary Innis
  • Mary Ishikawa
  • Karen Jacobson
  • Barbara & Bob Jones
  • Janet & Howard Kagan
  • Jean Kaplan
  • Heather Kenihan
  • Stefani & Scott Kimche
  • Andrea Kirstein
  • Katherine Kohatsu
  • Les Kratter
  • Mike Krieger
  • Karin Kukral
  • Frederic Lahey
  • Sherry Lansing & Bill Friedkin
  • Mary & Lindon Leader
  • Shari Levitin
  • Jeffrey Lindsay
  • Karen & Gregg Lund
  • Jennifer Lynch
  • Susannah Gray & John Lyons
  • Carey & Royden Maloumian
  • T.J. Marchetti
  • Sandra & Maurice McSweeney
  • Joanna Miles-Basta
  • Katherine Milias
  • Dale Miller
  • Rayna & Glen Mintz
  • Virginia Mithoff
  • Laura Moore
  • Irene & Gary Mottola
  • Diane Namm & Richard Schirtzer
  • Beth & Joshua Nash
  • John Nisson
  • Bonnie & Paul Offit
  • Natalie Orfalea Foundation
  • Kathryn Petersen
  • Patrice Picone
  • Jane & David Preiser
  • Stacey & Steven Rauch
  • Jen Roddick
  • Ellen & Mike Rosenberg
  • Caryn & Barry Rudofsky
  • Bird Runningwater
  • Stacey Sachen
  • Beth Sackler & Jeffrey Cohen
  • Sonja & Michael Saltman
  • Laurie & Owen Schwartz
  • Gary Semrow
  • Wendy & Frank Serrino
  • Emily & Rhod Shaw
  • Maureen & Tom Shea
  • Lisa & Joel Shine
  • Evan Singer
  • Elisa & Brian Slobodow
  • Linda & Rick Smaligo
  • Bruce & Joy Soll
  • Joseph Sorge
  • Susan Sosin
  • Betsi Steinberg
  • Dave Stroeve
  • Annsley & George Strong
  • Mary & Peter Tennyson
  • Elizabeth & James Tozer
  • Steve Tullman
  • Kristin & James Ulland
  • David Vise
  • William H Voge
  • Elaine & Joe Weis
  • Sheila & Walter Weisman
  • Martin Werner
  • Tiffany Wince & Patrick Hurley
  • Gayle & Sam Youngblood
  • Beth Zollars

$10,000-19,999

  • Anonymous
  • Cynthia C. Amitin, MD & Steven C. Ludwig, MD
  • Frankie & Joseph Armstead
  • Jennifer Bastos
  • Phyllis & Scott Bedford
  • Pamela Boll
  • Louis Buglioli
  • Kimberly & Christopher Clarke
  • David Cohen
  • Kenneth Cole & Maria Cuomo Cole
  • Melissa & Bradford Coolidge
  • Clifford Curtis
  • Susan Daley
  • Carlo Enrique Muzquis Davila
  • Stephanie & Jon DeVaan
  • Eric Diefenbach & JK Brown
  • Jill Edelson
  • Kevin Efrusy
  • Nina & David Fialkow
  • Elizabeth & Jesse Fink
  • Leslie & Jeffrey Fischer
  • Ronaldo M. Foresti
  • Nancy & David Garrison
  • Sally Gepp
  • Heather Goodman
  • Green Family Foundation
  • Frederick Green
  • Robin & Daniel Greenspun
  • James Heavener
  • Janice & Steven Hefter
  • Suzy Hendriksen
  • Marleen & David Hood
  • Karen & Mark James
  • Ann Kaplan & Robert Fippenger
  • Patrick Kennedy & Jamie Amos
  • Sharrington & Parker Kennedy
  • Jason Delane Lee & Yvonne Lee
  • George Levie
  • Lynn Lewis
  • Rachel McAree
  • Nancy Medford
  • Susan & Gib Myers
  • Lori & Janusz Ordover
  • Ken Pelletier
  • Timothy Peterson
  • William Price
  • Shari & David Quinney
  • Jennifer Rainin - in memory of Graham Leggat
  • Carol Rosebrough
  • Maile & Brian Roundtree
  • Jim Scott
  • Jane Solomon
  • Sir & Lady Martin Sorrell
  • Melissa Spellman
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Rosalie Swedlin & Robert Cort
  • Janet Tittiger
  • Kim & Jeff Trocin
  • Taika Waititi
  • Aleda Toma & Mike McCoy
  • Jenifer & Jeffrey Westphal
  • George Whipple
  • Teri Meno Zingale

$20,000-$29,999

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Thomas R. Ajamie
  • Teri & Jeffry Allen
  • Chris Beck & Jane Wang
  • Peggy Bergmann
  • Nancy Blachman & David desJardins
  • Jason Blum - Blumhouse Productions
  • Laurence Braitman & Angie Wang
  • Barbara Bridges
  • Joseph Casale
  • Sean Combs & Sarah Snedeker - Revolt Films
  • Philip Fung - A3 Foundation
  • Duncan Cole Frates
  • Susan & Eric Fredston-Hermann & Family
  • Ken Grossinger & Micheline Klagsbrun - CrossCurrents Foundation
  • Kathleen Hagen
  • Jason Hirschhorn
  • Susan & Joel Hyatt
  • Caroline & Edward Hyman
  • Arlene Inch
  • Blake Krikorian
  • Kim & Ping Li
  • Ann Lovell
  • Michael Luisi
  • Crystal & Charles Maggelet
  • Carole Meiselman
  • Lynn & Tom Meredith
  • North Texas Young Presidents' Organization
  • Stuart Pollard
  • David E. Quinney III
  • Diana & Bruce Rauner
  • Gayle & Barry Tyerman
  • Van Beuren Charitable Foundation
  • Mark Wawro
  • Michael J. Zak

$30,000-$49,999

  • Anonymous (2)
  • The Baker & Sudler Families
  • Katherine & Paul Bettner
  • Elizabeth & Brad Bird
  • Greg Brockman
  • Dr. Jan Broberg Carter - Rabbit Road Productions, CEO
  • Steve Cohen & Paula Froehle - Chicago Media Project
  • Dwight Curry
  • Ian Darling
  • Tamra & Chris Faulkner
  • Debbie & Alan Gold
  • Anonymous/Insurgent Media
  • Melanie & Mark Greenberg
  • Rachel & Andrew Hee
  • Geri Hormel
  • Gillian Hormel
  • Anthony Hsieh
  • Ken & Margaret Jacobs
  • Joyce Keil-Chafin & Bruce Chafin
  • Philip Kent
  • Steiner King Foundation
  • Robert & Shelly Light
  • Lynn & Bruce Lindsey
  • Kelley & Stephen Lubanko
  • Cathy & Alex Mendez
  • Debbie McLeod & Jay Sears
  • Ruth Mutch
  • Kathy & David Perno
  • Dana DiCarlo & Scott Plank
  • Joan & Lewis Platt Foundation
  • Susanne Preissler - Independent Media, Inc.
  • Robina & John Riccitiello
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation
  • Gigi & Andrew Schwertfeger
  • Marilyn & Thomas Sutton
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Grazka Taylor Productions
  • M Brent Trostle
  • Lee Vickers - Trine LA
  • David Wanek & Maribeth Portz
  • Marni & Richard Waterfield
  • Jean & John Yablonski

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Jill & Ryan Ahrens
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ed Aldag, Jr.
  • Charmaine & Sean Bailey
  • John Boccardo & Derek Esplin
  • Angus Deardoff
  • Ted Dintersmith & Elizabeth Hazard
  • Abigail Disney & Pierre Hauser
  • Philipp Engelhorn & Cameron Yates
  • J.A. & H.G. Woodruff, Jr. Charitable Trust
  • Barry R. Feirstein
  • Linda & Bob Frankenberg
  • Aaron Gilbert & Jason Cloth - Bron Studios
  • Lynn Gorman
  • Gardner Grout
  • Donna & Kevin Gruneich
  • Michael Kaeske & Haven Parchinski
  • Chris Kelly & Jennifer Carrico
  • Lisa Leder
  • Martha & Carl Lindner
  • Lippman Family Foundation
  • Katherine Lo
  • Michael Mailis
  • Jenny & Andrew Mason
  • Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman
  • Kate & Michel Merkt
  • Elizabeth & Chuck Mooty
  • Manish & Pramila Mundra
  • Susan Bay Nimoy
  • James & Laura Parra - Valley Packline Solutions, Inc.
  • John & Marcia Price Family Foundation
  • Gigi Pritzker & Michael Pucker
  • Erik & Melinda Reed
  • Burton & Stephanie Ritchie - Heretic Films
  • Thomas Rothman & Jessica Harper
  • David & Christina Royce
  • Carolyn & Charles Rozwat
  • Elena & Geoffrey Sands
  • Nadine Schiff & Fred Rosen
  • Spencer Silna & Nicole Barton
  • Iris & Michael Smith
  • Jim & Susan Swartz
  • Wendy Vanden Heuval - Distracted Globe Foundation
  • John & Marva Warnock
  • Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin
  • Elizabeth & Kenneth Whitney

$100,000 & above

  • Anonymous
  • Bertha Foundation
  • Frank A. Bennack, Jr. & Mary Lake Polan - Hearst Communications
  • Robert A. Compton
  • Jeanne Donovan Fisher
  • Perry & Martin Granoff
  • Ruth Ann Harnisch & William Harnisch - The Harnisch Foundation
  • Cindy Harrell Horn & Alan Horn
  • Lyn & Norman Lear
  • Liminal Fund
  • The Jacquelyn & Gregory Zehner Foundation

Individual Supporters