Welcome to Our Membership Program!

Imagine being an undiscovered artist with a groundbreaking story to tell but no means to tell it. For many such artists, Sundance Institute funds one-of-a-kind labs that enable them to work on new projects for up to a month at a time, with intensive one-on-one mentoring from expert advisors as they create the next wave of independent film and theatre.

We believe that a story driven by an authentic voice can awaken new ideas, push creative boundaries, and spark new levels of empathy and understanding. That's why we're intensely committed to cultivating artists as they develop new stories. The Institute has supported such seminal works as critically acclaimed features Fruitvale Station, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Reservoir Dogs; Academy Award–nominated documentaries Cartel Land and The Act of Killing; and Tony Award–winning plays Fun Home and Spring Awakening.

We can’t wait to see what’s next. Will you join us?

For more information, contact the Membership Desk at (310) 492-2301 or email membership@sundance.org.

This Month's Benefits

  • Don’t miss out!
    To receive notifications about your membership benefits, you must agree to receive emails from us. Email membership@sundance.org to update your preferences and make sure that you’re not missing out.

    Note: Opting out of these emails will cause you to lose access to notifications about any Festival benefits included in your membership, as well as perks like our annual Shorts Collection, and more.

    Access to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Pre-sale (Become a Member by Jan. 1)
    All members receive access to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival pre-sale, an opportunity to purchase passes and tickets ahead of the general public. The pre-sale begins at noon MT on Jan. 4 and runs until the start of the public sale at noon MT on Jan.7. Get ready by creating an account at festival.sundance.org. *Please note that you must become a Member by 11:59 PM MT on January 1st to access the pre-sale. We cannot accommodate sign-ups after the deadline.

    Final Draft Discount
    Take advantage of our Members-only Final Draft discounts. Email membership@sundance.org for your discount code.

    It’s Here: The 2020 Shorts Collection
    The 2020 Shorts Collection is here —exclusively for Members. Curated specifically for you by our shorts programmers, this collection brings some of our Festival favorites right into your home.

    20% off Sundance Film Festival Merchandise
    Members receive 20% off merchandise for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. To use your benefit at our online store, email membership@sundance.org for your discount code.

    For access to the benefits mentioned or to ask questions, please contact membership@sundance.org .


Membership Levels and Benefits

Become a Sundance Institute Member and join a community of like-minded individuals who believe in the power of great art. Free from commercial and political pressures, the Institute is able to support the screenwriters, directors, composers, and theatre artists whose work makes our world a more informed, inspired, and human place. We provide storytellers with the tools to refine their artistic process and help present their stories to audiences worldwide. Want to be part of it? Join Sundance Institute today.

As a Sundance Institute Member, you’ll receive special benefits, discounts and premiums we’ve put together just for you. Your membership ensures that the Sundance Institute will continue to enrich our culture and change the world - one story at a time.

Sundance Institute provides storytellers with the tools to refine their artistic process and help present their stories to audiences worldwide.

    • YEAR-ROUND BENEFITS

      • Invitations to special events
        • Members receive invitations to special events, including digital discussions, throughout the year.
      • Annual collection of short films from the Sundance Film Festival
        • Enjoy a collection of shorts selected for you by Sundance short film programmers. Films are distributed through a private email link.
      • Discount on purchase of Final Draft software
      • One waived application fee for a Sundance Institute lab (during a yearlong membership)
        • (Please contact membership@sundance.org for more information.) If you are interested in applying for a Sundance lab or submitting a film for the Festival, please note that you must choose one or the other, you cannot receive a waived/discounted fee for both.
      • Special Offer on the Los Angeles Times
        • Institute Members receive a discount on a year of unlimited digital access to the Los Angeles Times. Contact membership@sundance.org to redeem this offer.

      FESTIVAL BENEFITS

      • Access to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival pre-sale
        • Members can purchase Festival passes and tickets ahead of the general public.
        • The pre-sale begins at noon MT on Jan. 4 and runs until the start of the public sale at noon MT on Jan.7.
        • The deadline to become a Member for pre-sale access is 11:59 PM MT on Jan. 1. We cannot accommodate late sign-ups.
        • 20% off all Sundance Film Festival merchandise
          • Your discount code is included in your welcome email. If you’re unable to find it, please contact membership@sundance.org
        • 50% off one early or official submission fee for the Sundance Film Festival
          • (Please contact membership@sundance.org for more information.) This discount only applies to early or official entries. It does not apply to late entries. If you are interested in applying for a Sundance lab or submitting a film for the Festival, please note that you must choose one or the other; you cannot receive a waived/discounted fee for both.
      Benefits are subject to change
  • Members at the Supporter level get access to all Indie year-round and Festival benefits, plus all of the following.

    FESTIVAL BENEFITS

    • Complimentary access to all Shorts, Indie Episodic, and New Frontier content available online during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

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    Benefits are subject to change

  • Members at the Storyteller level get access to all Supporter year-round and Festival benefits, plus the following.

    YEAR-ROUND BENEFITS

    • Recognition on our sundance.org donor list

    FESTIVAL BENEFITS

    • Invites to select special online engagements, including our annual Festival Sneak Preview events in December and our How to Fest events in January.

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    Benefits are subject to change

  • If you’re interested in learning about how to deepen your investment in independent storytelling beyond Membership, consider joining Sundance Circle. With each gift, donors receive a suite of benefits to the Sundance Film Festival, so you can celebrate all the work that you have made possible.

  • Artist Circle offers a unique opportunity to engage with the work and programs of Sundance Institute that you are most passionate about. As the Artist Circle community enables us to fund mentorships, residential labs, and public programming for artists at the forefront of storytelling in film, theatre, and emerging media, they’ll connect with those artists along with Institute and industry leaders throughout the year. We invite you to join us as a true stakeholder in our mission to empower the independent voices that ignite new ideas and transform our culture.

    To discuss this opportunity or the areas of Sundance Institute’s work that are of most interest to you, please email giving@sundance.org or call (310) 492-2265.

  • Your gift to Sundance Institute could be matched dollar for dollar by your employer! Many employers companies sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and/or their spouses. If you are unsure if your employer offers matching gifts, please contact us directly at (310) 492-2301 or email membership@sundance.org.

Collaborators

Sundance Institute Membership would like to acknowledge all of its Collaborators:

Alamo Drafthouse, Belcourt Theatre, Enzian Theatre, Final Draft Software, Hollywood Theatre, International Film Series, The Loft, Michigan Theatre, The Music Box, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, The Palm, Pickford Film Center, Railroad Square Cinema, Salt Lake Film Society

Festival Member Benefits FAQ

For ticketing information for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival please visit tickets.festival.sundance.org. Please note that for access to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival pre-sale, you must become a Member by 11:59 PM MT on January 1. We cannot accommodate sign-ups after that deadline.