have announced an expansion of their multi-year collaboration to support the development of emerging storytellers. New initiatives in 2016 include a
curated festival experience and storytelling intensive workshop for YouTube Creators and a joint Sundance Institute | YouTube Lab to discover and support
new artists creating episodic content.
“On YouTube, there are no limits to creative freedom and we are committed to actively advancing the work of innovative, risk-taking storytellers
worldwide,” said Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer, YouTube. “Our extensive collaboration with Sundance Institute furthers our mission to connect
with, inspire and support independent creators.”
“The Sundance Institute | YouTube Creators Intensive and New Voices Lab will discover and nurture a new class of visionary independent artists creating
episodic content. Together with our broader Episodic Storytelling Initiative, these programs will support the next generation of artists who are shaping
the very nature of the form and bringing fresh, original series to audiences,” said Michelle Satter, Founding Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film
The YouTube and Sundance Institute 2016 collaboration includes the following five elements:
Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab
For over thirty years, Sundance Institute has supported and championed many leading independent storytellers through their year-round Labs program. The
Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab
will take place November 16 – 18, 2016 at YouTube Space LA. Fellows who are accepted into the program will work with an accomplished group of creators,
showrunners and episodic producers to develop projects in an environment that encourages risk-taking, experimentation and innovation. Afterwards, Fellows
will have access to Sundance Institute’s Alumni community, along with customized, year-round creative and strategic support. Visit
to apply for the Lab beginning February 15, 2016 through March 27, 2016.
Sundance Institute | YouTube Creators Intensive
A class of YouTube Creators have been selected to participate in this inaugural ‘Intensive’ — a two-part program that begins on-site at the 2016 Sundance
Film Festival, followed by a three-day workshop at YouTube Space LA from March 31 – April 2, 2016. With the Institute’s world-renowned Labs serving as a
model, this immersive experience will support YouTube creators in developing new series and films. Upon completion, participants may be eligible for a
first look deal with YouTube Originals. The creators selected for this workshop include Anna Akana, The Gregory Brothers, Devin Graham of DevinSupertramp,
Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn of Just Between Us, Yulin Kuang of YulinIsWorking, Nikki Limo, Franchesca Ramsey, Jus Reign (Jasmeet), and Adande Thorne aka
YouTube Presents the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program
For the fourth year in a row, YouTube presents the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Shorts program that showcases short-form independent cinema. As part of this
sponsorship, YouTube will host the opening reception for the Festival Shorts directors.
YouTube Panels and Screenings for 2016 Sundance Film Festival Attendees
YouTube presented the two panels during the festival which included:
Global Head of Original Content, YouTube,
Susanne Daniels, YouTube stars
“A Trip to Unicorn Island”), Gavin Free
), Awesomeness Films head
(“Dance Camp”) Todd Shaiman
, Co-Founder and CTO of VRSE,
from The Game Theorists.
Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, Presented by YouTube
YouTube will present the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour, a theatrical program of each year’s award-winning shorts from the Festival, playing in art
house theaters in over 50 cities in the US and Canada.
The creative partnership between YouTube and Sundance Institute builds upon YouTube’s long-standing commitment to investing in creative voices around the
world. In 2015, YouTube’s Susanne Daniels announced a slate of
YouTube Red Originals Series and Films
that will premiere throughout 2016. YouTube also opened new
production facilities in Berlin, Paris and Mumbai; announced plans for future Spaces in Rio and Toronto; and expanded creator programs at existing Spaces
in Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo and Sao Paulo, including free workshops, community events and production resources. The
YouTube Creator Academy
also provides a myriad of online learning resources to help creators anywhere in the world build a community and a business on YouTube.