Annenberg Foundation Donates $1 Million to Sundance Institute

The three-year grant will provide general operating support for the institute's programs, including the Sundance Film Festival.

The Annenberg Foundation has awarded a $1 million, three-year grant to the Sundance Institute, it was announced Monday.

The grant will provide general operating support for the institute’s year-round programs for independent film and theater artists. It also will further the institute’s mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences through labs, grants, the #ArtistServices initiative and public programs, including the Sundance Film Festival – the institute’s largest annual community program.

The Annenberg Foundation’s previous support of the Sundance Institute includes the Annenberg Film Fellows Program (2004-11), which helped cultivate film projects by 102 artists including Sterlin Harjo (Four Sheets to the Wind, Barking Water), Dee Rees (Pariah), Sean Durkin and Josh Mond (Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

"Sundance Institute’s programs support diverse storytellers and promote their work in a way we hope enriches contemporary culture. We are indebted to the Annenberg Foundation for their exceptional continued support,” said Sundance president and founder Robert Redford.

Added Wallis Annenberg, chairman of the board and president and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation: "We continue to be impressed with Sundance Institute’s role in supporting artists who have a transformative impact on our culture. We have long believed that the arts play a vital role in our communities and improve the public well-being by communicating unique perspectives, new practices and universal themes. Sundance Institute proves this through its distinguished legacy and ability to promote innovation and creativity in independent film, theater communities and industries in the U.S. and abroad.”