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Sundance Institute Receives Historic Endowment for Indigenous Talent

The Sundance Institute has received the largest gift in the nonprofit’s 40-year history to support its Indigenous talent program.

The Graton Rancheria Indian Federation has donated $4 million to the Institute’s Indigenous programs. An endowment known as the Graton Rancheria Federation of Indians | Sundance Institute Endowment will provide support to Indigenous artists from California tribes, both federally and non-federally recognized. (Graton Rancheria tribal lands in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California)

This endowment will immediately establish new scholarships for emerging and mid-career Indigenous artists with programs in development or in production. This scholarship will consist of a $25, grant, a one-year mentorship from Aboriginal program staff , as well as access to creative and professional development opportunities and support to participate in the annual Sundance Film Festival. The gift will also support the creation of fellowships with Sundance Collab, the Sundance Institute’s digital learning space.

FIGR Tribe President Greg Sarris, involved in the Sundance Institute 25 Screenwriting Lab, contributed to the donation convenience. “I have seen firsthand the incredible support the Institute provides to all artists, especially Indigenous talent,” Sarris said. “We are excited to see the creative breakthroughs of future fellows and fellowship recipients. Supporting and nurturing these artists will open paths to success for the entire Native California creative community and allow us to tell our stories.”

Sundance’s homegrown project started with

and supported Oscar winner Taika Waititi and Reservation Dogs creatives Sterlin Harjo and works by Sydney Freeland.

“So much of film history and the founding of the American film industry was made in California, but very little of those who sustained it on the land is included. That’s why a It is heartening to think that all of the artists will benefit from this generous gift,” said Adam Piron, director of Indigenous programs at the Sundance Institute. “The ripple effect of opportunity created through this donation will be enormous.”

At 1994 Sundance Film Festival, Aboriginal artist The 11 projects featured in feature films, short films and serials.



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