Sundance Institute today announced that $1 million in new funding from the John S. and James
L. Knight Foundation will bring artist development labs to 8 cities across the USA, over the next 3 years. Programming will target filmmakers, screenwriters, producers and composers with
workshops that extend the experience of Sundance Institute’s annual labs.
In addition, over the course of the 3 years,12 filmmakers from the selected cities will be named “Sundance | Knight
Fellows,” and will participate in special screenings, panels and professional development opportunities at the annual
Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The cities are: Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Miami; Macon, Ga.; Philadelphia; San Jose, Calif.; and St. Paul, Minn.
Keri Putnam, Sundance Institute Executive Director, said, “Sundance Institute is committed to supporting diverse
independent artists at an early stage in their career. Building on the success of last year’s Knight Fellows Pilot
Project, we are now able to directly reach independent artists in regions across the country.”
Sundance alumni will provide mentorship and panelist support, and will also work with local host arts organizations to develop programming partnerships in each city. The new funding follows a successful pilot project in Miami and
Philadelphia during the past year, where hundreds of filmmakers took part.
“Over the last few years, independent filmmakers in these communities have begun to use film to tell unique and
compelling stories about their cities that resound with audiences around the globe,” said Dennis Scholl, Vice
President of Arts for Knight Foundation. “By bringing Sundance Institute to these eight cities, we hope that
emerging filmmakers will have access to the training necessary to launch their films and, eventually, a connect
with a wider audience.”
An Artist Services workshop on Saturday, October 25, at O Cinema in Miami, will be the first event of the series.
Industry experts will lead discussions on the latest technology, tools and tactics in creative financing, digital
distribution, guerilla marketing and independent theatrical distribution. Participation is free and RSVP required at
Workshops will take place in the other communities beginning in 2015.