Indigenous Program

Sundance Institute's commitment to supporting Native American artists is woven throughout the history of the Institute. Since its beginning, Native American filmmakers have been involved in the Institute, including Larry Little Bird (Taos Pueblo) and Chris Spotted Eagle (Houmas Nation). Following President and Founder Robert Redford's original vision, the Institute has remained committed to supporting Native American artists. From Sundance Institute's first support of Greg Sarris' (Coast Miwok) Grand Avenue at the June Screenwriters Lab in 1992 to Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiaq) winning the 2008 Sundance Film Festival's Short Filmmaking Jury Prize for his film Sikumi, the Institute has established a rich legacy of work.


As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]