Thirty years ago Robert Redford founded the Sundance Institute to nurture and celebrate independent film. In the years since, the Institute has used its platform to launch the most prestigious film festival in the world; a groundbreaking labs series to develop promising screenwriters, producers, directors, and playwrights; and the careers of some of the most distinguished filmmakers in the history of cinema. Its impact on film cannot be overstated.
Today we’re thrilled to announce a new collaboration between Kickstarter and the Sundance Institute. Beginning next month, Sundance will begin curating Kickstarter projects from its distinguished alumni of artists. There will be plays, documentaries, feature films, shorts and other works from current and former Sundance Fellows utilizing Kickstarter to bring their visions to life.
These will not be the first Sundance-affiliated projects on Kickstarter. Last year Sundance Fellows Zana Briski (Born Into Brothels) and Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Lodging) launched successful Kickstarter projects, and this year’s Sundance Film Festival included at least five films that had received funding on Kickstarter: The Woods, Pariah, Resurrect Dead, The Strange Ones, and The Catechism Cataclysm. It’s an incredible accomplishment for all of these filmmakers, and we’re proud of the part Kickstarter played in their work.
Expect the first projects from this collaboration in the coming weeks. We’re looking forward to them.