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

Discover New Voices

As a thank-you for the support of our Members, we’ve curated 12 Sundance Film Festival shorts to watch during June and July, including the winner of the 2021 Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction, Bambirak. Join below to watch these diverse shorts today and discover your new favorite filmmaker!*

Click below to hear about this year’s collection from our featured artists!

The Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program Is Presented by XRM Media

Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launchpad for many prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years, the Sundance Film Festival Shorts program includes fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world, with a wild variety of style and story. This collection gives you a small sample of the program offered every January.

*Members received an email with a code to access. If you experience any issues or missed this email, please contact

Membership Levels and Benefits

The 2024 Sundance Film Festival season will be here before you know it! Renew your support today to ensure you can enjoy benefits through the next Festival and throughout the year. This site will be refreshed with 2024 Festival benefits at the end of the summer, but please reference our 2023 benefits listed below for an idea of what’s to come. We look forward to having you join us on the mountain again next year!








Sundance Film Festival Benefits

Access to the single film ticket pre-sale for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival

  • Members must join by January 6th for access to the 2023 individual ticket presale which will take place on January 10th at 10am MT.

Access to a package pre-sale and ticket selection ahead of the general public

  • Members must join by January 2nd for access to priority ticket package selection which will take place on January 5th at 10am MT.

Ability to purchase ticket packages above the general public limit for a total of 3 Festival Packages (10 tickets each)

Invitation to annual Sundance Film Festival sneak preview events

20% off Sundance Film Festival merchandise

  • Discount code will be included in your welcome email

50% off one early- or official submission fee for the Sundance Film Festival*

  • This discount does not apply to late entries. Those interested in applying for a Sundance lab or submitting a film for the Festival, please note that you must choose one. You cannot receive a waived/discounted fee for both.

Access to a Membership desk for customer support and box office services during the Sundance Film Festival

Year-Round Benefits

Invitations to special events, including digital discussions, throughout the year.

A collection of shorts selected for you by Sundance Institute short film programmers (Films are distributed through a private email link.)

A discount on Final Draft software*

One waived application fee for a Sundance Institute lab*

  • Those interested in applying for a Sundance lab or submitting a film for the Festival, please note that you must choose one. You cannot receive a waived/discounted fee for both.

Special offers and discounts with partners throughout the year 

Invites to membership screenings and special engagements

Recognition on our donor list     

*Please reach out to for more information on how to use this benefit.

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*For additional questions or if issues arise, please email  

*Benefits are subject to change

This Month's Benefits

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To receive notifications about your membership benefits, you must agree to receive emails from us. Email 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.

Sundance Circle

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.

Matching Gifts

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

Festival Member Benefits FAQ

The 2022 Festival will take place in-person and online January 20-30. We are in the process of designing a safe and accessible Festival where our audiences and artists can come together to celebrate and discover new work, and each other. Mark your calendars and stay tuned: This summer we will have more details to help you craft your plan and arrange for any travel.