Individual Giving


Individual Giving

Sundance Institute is a champion and curator of independent stories. We believe that original voices and creative visions have the power to engage and connect us.

We provide the space for these storytellers to create and thrive through the Sundance Institute labs, and showcase their work at the annual Sundance Film Festival to a community of film lovers that ignites the new ideas that transform our culture and global narrative.

To learn more about how you can support our year-round artist support programs and experience the Sundance Film Festival, please contact the Individual Giving Office at (310) 492-2265 or

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At Sundance Institute, we are committed to providing and preserving the space for artists to create and thrive. Sundance Institute’s work to support artists of a variety of media is not possible without the generosity of our passionate supporters. Whether your gift is $65 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. To learn more about how you can further our work, please visit our donor programs below:

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Individual Supporters
As of May 3, 2023

$100,000 & above

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Aldag, Jr.
Peggy Bergmann
John Boccardo and J. Derek Esplin
Genuine Article Pictures

The Gruneich Foundation
Bill and Ruth Ann Harnisch – The Harnisch Foundation
Maja Kristin
Karen Lauder
The Lozen Foundation

Mary Lake Polan and Frank A. Bennack, Jr. – Hearst
Octavia Spencer
Kimberly Steward – K Period Media

Jenifer and Jeffrey Westphal
Elizabeth and Kenneth Whitney

$50,000 - $99,999

Charmaine and Sean Bailey
Jason Blum – Blumhouse Productions
Barbara Bridges

Ebs Burnough and Pierre LaGrange
Curtis Chambers

Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle – Chicago Media Project 
David and Linda Cornfield
Dwight Curry
Pascal Desroches and Yvette DeGannes

Abigail E. Disney and Pierre N. Hauser – Like a River Fund
Jana Edelbaum
Philipp Engelhorn and Cameron Yates
Caterina Fake

Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Linda and Bob Frankenberg
Andrew Hee and Rachel Erickson Hee
Ann Hill
The Horn Foundation
Yan Huo
Caroline and Edward Hyman
Amanda Kelso
Charles and Stacey King
Barrie Landry
Lyn and Norman Lear
Melony and Adam Lewis
Ann Lewnes
Shelly and Robert Light

Wonya Lucas
Alejandro Ramírez Magaña

Andrea Meditch
Cathy and Alex Mendez
Susan Bay Nimoy
Maureen Pelton
Bill Plapinger and Cassie Murray
David and Kate Porter
Matthew and Tatiana Prince
Gigi Pritzker and Michael Pucker

Rick and Melinda Reed
Max Rifkind-Barron
Thomas E. Rothman and Jessica Harper
Elena and Geoffrey Sands

Nadine Schiff and Fred Rosen
Florence and Harry Sloan
Violet Spitzer-Lucas and the Spitzer Family Foundation
John and Marva Warnock


Hallee Adelman

Frankie and Joseph Armstead
Phyllis and Scott Bedford

Colleen Bell
Paul and Katy Drake Bettner
Thor Bjorgolfsson and Kristin Olafsdottir
Nancy Blachman and David desJardins 
Michele Boal
Sue Bostrom
April and Andrew Bosworth

Jen Chaiken
Sharon Chang
Joseph Cleary 
Beth and Jeffrey Cohen
Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole
Robert A. Compton
The Sean Connery Foundation
Pamela Crooke
René Simon Cruz-Esperanza Entertainment, LLC
The Desich Family Foundation
Dobkin Family Foundation
John Driscoll
Roger Ehrenberg and Carin Levine-Ehrenberg
Chandler and Oliver Evans
Nina and David Fialkow
William and Sakurako Fisher
The Fledgling Fund

Janis Fleming
Scott and Molly Forstall
Scott and Jennifer Frank
The Fredston-Hermann Family
Wyck Godfrey
Marni Grossman
The Handasyde Group
Lauren Hantz
Deirdre Hegarty
Jason Hirschhorn
Jamie Hormel
Margaret Jacobs
Nicole Jordan-Webber
Phil Kent
Grace Lay 
Bruce and Lynn Lindsey
David and Jody Lippman
Lippman Family Foundation
Dave Liu
Ann Lovell
Crystal and Charles Maggelet
Philip Maritz
Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
Meryl Metni and Ubiquitous Entertainment Group
Pat Mitchell and Scott Seydel
Bayard Productions SA 
Natalie Orfalea Foundation and Lou Buglioli
Nicholas Pardon and Sean Devlin
Monika Parekh
Jeffrey Pechter

Ken Pelletier
Jennifer Pelling
JS Plank and DM DiCarlo Family Foundation
Bill and Eva Price
SJ and Jessie E Quinney Foundation
Shelby Rachleff – Westridge Foundation
Diana and Bruce Rauner
Bill and Emily Reedy – Peak 5 Films
Robina Riccitiello
Adam Riemer
Carol Rosebrough
Jim and Stacy Scott
Jill and Niraj Shah
Iris Smith
Jane Solomon
Scott Sparvero
Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal
Christopher and Heidi Stolte
Fred Thompson
Janet and Gottfried Tittiger
Samantha Topping Gellert
Yoshinobu Tsuji and Shannon Akegarasu – Philote Factory
Kevin and Shelley Turner
Gayle and Barry Tyerman
Jeff Valaningham and Beth Galetti

Andrea van Beuren
Blaine Vess
Mark Wawro
Ed Wilson
Joanne Wilson


Amy Abrams
Cynthia C. Amitin, MD and Steven C. Ludwig, MD
Jamie Amos and Patrick Kennedy
Amy and Barry Baker Family Foundation
Elizabeth Barrow
Steven Boal
Bill and Maria Boyce
Benjamin Breitbart
David Chan
Kathy Chan
Lorinda Chiang
Elliot Cooperstone
Deborah and Forrest Danson
Fotene Demoulas and Tom Cote
John Driscoll
Dana and Andy Eckert
Richard and Jill Schnitzer Edelson
Kevin and Molly Efrusy
The Eisenberg Family
Wendy Ettinger
Leslie and Jeffrey Fischer
Greg and Patty Francfort
Susan Friedenberg

Anil Godhwani
David Golob
Robert Goodman
Heidi and Gardner Grout
Bill Guthy and Victoria Jackson
Kathleen Hagen
Linda and Malcolm Hastings

Hollie and Jay Haynes
Janice and Steven Hefter
Jim Hinrichs 
Terry and Ann Marie Horner
Arlene Inch
Barbara and Bob Jones
Sharrington and Parker Kennedy
Joshua Korman
Mischel Kwon
Antje Lechner
Alison Leupold
Naja Lockwood
Jesse Gordon Long
Kelley and Stephen Lubanko
Suzanne Lueder
John Lyons
Rob and Laura Medway

John Mooty Foundation – Elizabeth and Chuck Mooty
William Peteroy
Kathryn Petersen
Talechia Plumlee-Baker
Dwight Poler
Othon Prounis
Ellen and Michael Rosenberg
Caryn and Barry Rudofsky
Deborah and Gary Shedlin
Susan Sherrerd
Susan Shilliday
Melissa and Marc Spellman
Barry Stark
Laura Stuart
Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort

Konstantin Vertogradsky
Marni McKinney Waterfield and Richard Waterfield
Elaine Weis
Martin Werner
Gayle and Larry Wieseneck
Catherine Wyler
Diane Young

The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation


Amanda Archibald
Shizuka Asakawa
Laurence Bardoff and Lilli Alberga
Lisa Baronsky
Kenya Barris
Susan Barsamian
Jill Bee
William Bindley
Jeanne Blasberg
Anne and Jim Bodnar
Tanum Bohen
Alexandra Bowes
Mary Boyle
Neill and Linda Brownstein
Robyn Carp
Jessica and Robb Carter
Buffy Castillo
Scot Claus
Matthew Clyde
Marni Cohen
Deborah Collmer
Laura Cornish
Michael and Christine Curtis
Sarah Cuthill
Margaret and Yogen Dalal
Ruth and Phil Davidson
Sam Day
Eric Diefenbach and JK Brown
William Dietz
Ted Dintersmith and Elizabeth Hazard
Fred Egan
Ziad Elchaar
Beth Falcone
Hannah Fidell
Jesse Fink
Howard Fisher
Nancy Forster
Pamela and Jeff Foxworthy
Kevin Foyle
Chris Fralic
Jason Friedrichs
Leonard Gail
Mell and Kieran Gallahue

Ambassador Mark and Nancy Gilbert
Whitney Goin
Mark and Debra Gregg
Vishal Gurbuxani
Carlton Guthrie
Brian Halligan
Anne and Mark Hansen
Barbara Hulit
Mary Innis
Justine Jacob
Glenn Jaffe
Karen and Mark James
Andrea Jaron
Allison Jones
Jon Kamen
MaryBeth Kane
Jean Kaplan
Stephen Kay and Susan Bloch Kay
Joyce Keil-Chafin and Bruce Chafin
Brynn Kelly
Heather Kenihan
Stefani and Scott Kimche
Ellen Kirsh
Rahul Kishore
Patricia Kivel and Tom Biafore
Katherine Kohatsu
Leslie Kratter
Whitaker Lader
Shari Levitin and Lee Gerstein
Susan E. Lockwood
Jonathan Logan
Bethany Mayer and Dale Jantzen
James McElwee
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton McNeel
Ian and Julie McNeel
Nancy Medford
Katherine Milias
Dale Miller
Beth Monaghan
Julie Morris and Diane Philips
Susan Morrison
Irene and Gary Mottola
Susan and Gib Myers
Reid Nagle

Monica O’Neil
Judy and Henry Otto
Kelly and Michael Palmer
Cindy Pearlstein
Joshua Peek
Allen Pixton
John and Marcia Price Family Foundation
Othon Prounis
David Pruner
Jennifer Rainin – in memory of Graham Leggat
Robin Hauser Reynolds
Adam Riemer
Kara Ross
Ruthanne Roth
Mr. Howard R. Rothwell
Stacy Sachen
Woody Shackleton
Robert and Deborah Schiller
Laurie and Owen Schwartz
Beesham Seecharan
Dina Shaw
Maureen and Tom Shea
Joel and Lisa Shine
Elisa and Brian Slobodow
Jenn Lee Smith – Bewilder Films
Ragen Smith
Joy and Bruce Soll
The Steiner King Family
Jane Syrquin
Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer
Mary and Peter Tennyson
Zibby and Jim Tozer
Millicent and Todd Tracey
Brent Trostle
Christina Varotsis
Arun Vijayvergiya
Stacey and Paul Von Berg
Kelly Waller
Margot Weinstein
Martin Werner
George and Victoria Whipple
Kelly Whitcomb
Kat White
Chelsea Winstanley
Susan Wishnow
Barbara Wolf
Jean Wyman
David Zapolsky
Samantha Zinober


Sandy Abrams
Julie Baker
Susan Barsamian
Lorna Borenstein
Marcy Carsey
Jill Carter
Christine Costa
James Cox
James Cox
Michael Curry
Maryann Detmering
Lisa Donini
Ruth Duenser
Rita Edlein
Ellen Falguiere
Elisha Finney
Robert and Elisha Finney
Julie Fisher
Amy George
Shari Gottlieb
John Graham
Kenneth Ham
Brad Hart

Amy Haught
Julie Hickson David
Peter and Sharon Ivany

Kathy Izard
Octavio Karbank
Lisa Koxlien
Susanna Lachs
Peter LaFleche
Treffle Lafleche
Craig Langdon
Sandy Leong
Sandy Gelfond
Robert Lusardi
Rosena Marley
Lynda and John Marren
Alison Mars
Kris Mcgarry
Erin Moos
Rishita Mukherjee
Deena and Edward Nahmias
Deena and Edward Nahmias
Anna Near
Melissa and Michael Neborak

Thomas Ogden
Bryan Okeefe
Beth Park
Barvette Patterson
Diane Phillips
Joe Poletto
Carrie Pomerantz
Barbara Puestow
Tiffany Schauer
Ms. Lizzie Schwartz
Anastasiya Sergienya
Michelle Simon
Michelle Skally Doilney
Harrison Smith
Samuel Strang
Katherine Tallering
Grazka Taylor
Leslie and Ken Tepper
Jon Tullis
Liesl Wilke
Sharon Wolford
Dale Yake