Sundance Circle

INVEST IN STORYTELLERS. JOIN SUNDANCE CIRCLE.

When you join Sundance Circle, you enter a culturally curious global community. Your support is essential to the vitality of our programs that advance diverse and independent voices around the world in narrative film, documentary, theatre, new media, and beyond. Together we can ensure that the most important stories of our time will be told and heard.

Sundance Circle is a vibrant community of supporters passionate about independent artists and new ideas. As a part of Sundance Circle you are invited to immerse yourself in a wide range of Institute programs, throughout the year and during the Sundance Film Festival.

  • BE A PART OF CREATIVE DISCOVERY.

    11,000+ students attend free private screenings at the Sundance Film Festival every year because of Sundance Circle support.

    Inspire a new generation of artists and audiences to discover the power of storytelling. Your gift directly impacts programs such as Film Forward, Sundance Kids and Utah Community Student Programs that use the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity, and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, religions, ethnicities and borders.

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    Engage with Sundance Year-Round

    • Invitations to public events throughout the year, including screenplay readings, special screenings, panels, and more
    • Subscription to all Institute publications, including the annual report, Sundance Circle newsletters, and more
    • Festival Sneak Preview: Cocktails with Cooper, an event featuring insider recommendations on must-see Festival films from director John Cooper and senior programmers (events take place in December in Los Angeles, Park City, and New York)

    Join Us at the Festival

    Premium Access

    • 10 tickets to the Sundance Film Festival selected in advance directly through the Sundance Circle office
    • 2 Express Pass and ticket package items available to purchase in advance directly through the Sundance Circle Office (excludes First Half Express Passes)
    • 2 standard credentials, which provide access to non-theatrical venues that house select panels, concerts, and events
    • Sundance Circle Festival Office VIP services, including on-site ticket exchange and purchases

    Survival Kit

    • Discount at Festival stores
    • Sundance Circle tote bag
    • Festival catalog

    Mix & Mingle

    • Private Sundance Circle screenings and receptions
    • 2 Awards Night Party Tickets

    Accept Our Thanks

    • Recognition on Sundance.org and in our annual report
  • PRESERVE THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE.

    Sundance Circle support ensures the preservation of more than 2,500 films housed through the Sundance Collection at UCLA.

    Protect the history of storytelling, inspire the stories of tomorrow and preserve independent voices through the Sundance Institute Archive & Collection. The Sundance Collection has lead the charge in re-mastering such indie classics as Hoop Dreams, Paris is Burning, and Gods and Monsters, and the Archive has chronicled the artistic journey of such famed Sundance Alumni as Paul Thomas Anderson, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, and Roger Ross Williams.

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    Engage with Sundance Year-Round

    • All year-round benefits listed under Advocate

    Join Us at the Festival

    Premium Access

    • 20 tickets to the Sundance Film Festival selected in advance directly through the Sundance Circle office
    • 2 Express Pass and ticket package items available to purchase in advance directly through the Sundance Circle Office (excludes First Half Express Passes)
    • 2 Second Half Express Ticket Credentials - which, with a ticket, grant access to the pass holder line
    • 4 standard credentials, which provide access to non-theatrical venues that house select panels, concerts, and events
    • Sundance Circle Festival Office VIP services, including on-site ticket exchange and purchases

    Survival Kit

    • All “Survival Kit” benefits listed under Advocate

    Mix & Mingle

    • Invitation to a From the Collection screening
    • All “Mix & Mingle” benefits listed under Advocate

    Accept Our Thanks

    • Recognition on Sundance.org and in our annual report
  • CONNECT INDEPENDENT ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES.

    With the help of Sundance Circle, Sundance Institute programs over 90 public events across the country, engaging 94,000 people annually.

    Ensure that Sundance Institute can share its work and the work of its artists with audiences across the country. Engage and inspire audiences through screenings, panels, workshops and Day Labs in 33 states from coast to coast including California, New Mexico, Utah, Michigan, Illinois and Florida. Be a part of creating a growing community of independent storytellers and enthusiasts.

    JOIN RENEW

    Engage with Sundance Year-Round

    • All year-round benefits listed under Advocate

    Join Us at the Festival

    First In Line

    • 4 Express Ticket Credentials - which, with a ticket, grant access to pass holder lines (option of 2 First Half and 2 Second Half Credentials or 4 Second Half Credentials; nontransferable)

    Premium Access

    • 40 tickets to the Sundance Film Festival selected in advance directly through the Sundance Circle office
    • 4 Express Pass and ticket package items available to purchase in advance directly through the Sundance Circle Office (limit 1 First Half Express Pass, by waitlist only)
    • 6 standard credentials, which provide access to non-theatrical venues that house select panels, concerts, and events
    • Sundance Circle Festival Office VIP services, including on-site ticket exchange and purchases

    Survival Kit

    • All “Survival Kit” benefits listed under Advocate

    Mix & Mingle

    • Private Sundance Circle screenings and receptions
    • 4 Awards Ceremony and Party tickets with roped seating
    • Invitations to exclusive gatherings with Sundance’s executive director, program directors, and leading independent film and theatre artists

    Accept Our Thanks

    • Recognition on Sundance.org and in our annual report
  • INSPIRE THE EXCHANGE OF NEW IDEAS.

    Sundance Circle support makes possible the growing active artist development programs that are hosted each year in 15 countries worldwide.

    Storytelling is alive in all corners of the world and your support makes it possible for Sundance Institute to find and nurture the International artists whose stories create global impact. Sundance Institute Artist Lab programs and extended post-Lab support fosters 1,010 artist Fellows annually, representing 50 countries of origin. Invest in Sundance’s global reach and sustain a diversity of voices telling our world’s stories.

    JOIN RENEW

    Engage with Sundance Year-Round

    • Exclusive events with artists, alumni, and leadership
    • All year-round benefits listed under Advocate

    Join Us at the Festival

    First In Line

    • 2 complimentary First Half Express Passes or Second Half Express Passes for easy screening access during your chosen half of the Festival
    • 4 Express Ticket Credentials - which, with a ticket, grant access to pass holder lines (option of 2 First Half and 2 Second Half Credentials or 4 Second Half Credentials; nontransferable)

    Premium Access

    • 40 tickets to the Sundance Film Festival selected in advance directly through the Sundance Circle office
    • 4 Express Pass and ticket package items available to purchase in advance directly through the Sundance Circle Office (limit 1 First Half Express Pass, by waitlist only)
    • 8 standard credentials, which provide access to non-theatrical venues that house select panels, concerts, and events
    • Sundance Circle Festival Office VIP services, including on-site ticket exchange and purchases

    Survival Kit

    • All “Survival Kit” benefits listed under Advocate

    Mix & Mingle

    • Private Sundance Circle screenings and receptions
    • 4 Awards Ceremony and Party tickets with roped seating
    • Invitations to exclusive gatherings with Sundance’s executive director, program directors, and leading independent film and theatre artists

    Accept Our Thanks

    • Recognition on screen before every film during the Sundance Film Festival, in all Festival and Institute publications, and on Sundance.org
  • INVEST IN TRANSFORMATIVE STORYTELLING.

    Visionary support contributes $3.28 million in direct grants for artists to develop new work.

    At its core, Sundance Institute is about Artist Support – providing a place for artists to explore and experiment with their work, free from the pressures of the marketplace. The signature residential artist development lab created by Robert Redford in 1981 continues to thrive, providing artists with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to incubate their most audacious ideas in an environment where risk-taking is encouraged and failure is regarded as a valuable step in a project’s creative evolution.

    As a Visionary, your vital contribution keeps the Lab programs alive so that the most exciting independent voices of our time continue to be heard. Your gift also allows the Institute to provide extended financial, strategic, and creative support for artists through direct project granting, post-Lab workshops and intensives, and continuous contact with Advisors.

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    To discuss becoming an instrumental donor to Sundance Institute at the Visionary level please contact Rachel Denny at 646-863-5993 or rachel_denny@sundance.org.

    Engage with Sundance Year-Round

    • Exclusive events with artists, alumni, and leadership
    • All year-round benefits listed under Advocate

    Join Us at the Festival

    First In Line

    • 2 complimentary First Half Express Passes and Second Half Express Passes for easy screening access during your chosen half of the Festival
    • 4 Express Ticket Credentials - which, with a ticket, grant access to pass holder lines (option of 2 First Half and 2 Second Half Credentials or 4 Second Half Credentials; nontransferable)

    Premium Access

    • All “Premium Access” benefits listed under Champion, plus an increase to 2 total purchasable First Half Express Passes
    • Staff assistance with fulfilling all purchased ticket packages, bypassing the online time slot process
    • Personal assistance with other ticketing needs, lodging, parking, and transportation, plus delivery of Festival materials to your lodging

    Survival Kit

    • All “Survival Kit” benefits listed under Advocate

    Mix & Mingle

    • All “Mix & Mingle” benefits listed under Leader

    Accept Our Thanks

    • Recognition on screen before every film during the Sundance Film Festival, in all Festival and Institute publications, and on Sundance.org
  • Artist Circle offers a unique opportunity to engage with the work and programs of Sundance Institute 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 as well as with Institute and industry leaders throughout the year. We invite you to join us as true stakeholders 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.

We are pleased to accept donations via mail at:

Sundance Institute
Attn: Accounting, Sundance Circle
PO Box 684429
Park City, UT 84068-4429

If you prefer to pay in the form of wire or stock transfers, please contact the Sundance Circle office at (310) 492-2265 or sundancecircle@sundance.org for instructions.

All passes, tickets, and credentials are subject to availability. All ticket allotments are limited to four tickets per screening. Sundance Circle contributions are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the Festival for any reason, your donation can be made fully tax-deductible. Festival benefits cannot be transferred to future years.

Attend An Artist at the Table

Each year, we kick off the Festival with our Artist at the Table benefit celebration — an evening that includes a ticket to our opening night film, followed by a dinner where guests are seated with a Festival filmmaker. Get to know an up-and-coming artist over a delicious meal and a program of live entertainment, all while supporting the year-round work of Sundance Institute.

Learn more

Brochure and contact info

Download the Sundance Circle brochure. If you have questions or simply want more information, email sundancecircle@sundance.org or call (310) 492-2265.