By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire August 28, 2012 at 9:47AM
On Monday, Sundance Institute announced that the Annenberg Foundation has bestowed a $1 million three-year grant on the independent film and theater non-profit organization. The funds will go toward supporting the Institute’s many initiatives, including its Artist Services Program and the Sundance Film Festival.
"Sundance Institute’s programs support diverse storytellers and promote their work in a way we hope enriches contemporary culture,” said Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford. “We are indebted to the Annenberg Foundation for their exceptional continued support.”
The foundation had previously created the Institute’s Annenberg Film Fellows Program, which from 2004-2011 cultivated film projects such as “Pariah,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and 2012 grand jury prize winner “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The new donation will bolster Sundance activities through July 31, 2015.
"We continue to be impressed with Sundance Institute’s role in supporting artists who have a transformative impact on our culture,” said Annenberg Foundation CEO Wallis Annenberg. “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, theatre communities, and industries in the U.S. and abroad."