Film Preservation

Despite their historical and cultural value, independent films are extremely vulnerable to loss or damage. As a result, negatives and quality prints of many seminal independent films - some made as recently as the past decade – have been lost or damaged.

For that reason, Sundance Institute and the UCLA Film & Television Archive joined forces in 1997 to establish the Sundance Institute Collection at UCLA, a groundbreaking archive that exists to protect, preserve, and restore independent work.

Film Preservation
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs

Comprised of features, documentaries, and shorts and made possible through donated prints and videos from distributors as well as hundreds of individual filmmakers, the Collection now includes over 1,900 films, including sex, lies and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, The Living End, Smoke Signals, Amores Perros, Harlan County USA, Love & Basketball, Welcome to the Dollhouse, and many other works

As the only archive of its kind, the Collection also provides a central resource for research through an extensive video library housed at the Archive Research and Study Center in UCLA's Powell Library.

What You Can Do

Help us protect your work. If your film screened at the Sundance Film Festival or was supported by any of our artist development programs, please help us establish the whereabouts and condition of your original materials (negative, IN/IP, sound masters, etc.) and consider depositing them in a proper archive like UCLA along with a print, tape master and access copy. Click here to get started preserving your film!

Film Preservation
Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes

Our company donors have included Artisan Entertainment, Gramercy Pictures, Lionsgate, Miramax Films, New Line Cinema, October Films, OTM, Sony Pictures Classics, Strand Releasing, Trimark Pictures, and Zeitgeist Films. We would also like to thank the members of the Collector's Circle for their generous support of the Sundance Collection at UCLA.

Click here to learn how you can join this important group of supporters.