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Catalyst is Sundance Institute’s film financing program. We aim to build a culture of partnership between independent investors and filmmakers; to unlock funding for ambitious new independent films; and to grow the community of indie-film supporters.

Catalyst’s year-round investor track serves new and experienced film funders through educational and cultural programming, highly curated financing opportunities, and ongoing engagement with the wider Sundance community.

We offer new investors a guided entry into film financing, and we present our entire cohort with filmmaker and industry talks, social events, personalized support in developing partnerships with filmmakers, and access to exceptional projects through programs like Catalyst Forum, which features a curated slate of films seeking funds.

Catalyst’s filmmaker track offers tailored guidance on how to develop financing plans, build successful investor relationships, and effectively present projects for independent financing. We work with selected filmmakers through a rigorous, custom lab program as they prepare for Catalyst Forum, and we provide them with continued support throughout the lives of their projects.

The signature Catalyst Forum is where our investor and filmmaker tracks meet. Over three days at the Sundance Resort, filmmakers and investors connect through presentations, individual meetings, panels, and informal social moments. 

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