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Creative Producing Summit

2013 State of the Union panelists (left to right) Victoria Cook, Michael Barker, Anthony Bregman, Lisa Nishimura, Tom Quinn, Jess Search, John Sloss
Photo Credit: Jonathan Hickerson

As part of the Institute's evolving commitment to independent producers and in recognition of their importance in the creation and distribution of independent film, Sundance created the Creative Producing Summit, which takes place each summer at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

Over the three-day gathering, the Creative Producing Summit provides a forum for top industry professionals, producers, and directors to focus on three primary avenues of dialogue: narrative producing, documentary producing, and the state of the independent film industry. Over 40 panelists representing the leaders of the independent film industry are on hand for a series of curated panels, case studies, roundtables, and one-on-one meetings. Each day's programmed events allow for a revolving series of conversations around critical issues producers face such as financing, distribution, audience engagement, marketing, and sustainability.

The intense focus  of daily meetings is offset by a collegial and lively atmosphere during other events including evening receptions, group meals, and evening panels and presentations. Fostering community among participating producers with the involvement of key figures in the independent film industry continues to be cornerstones of the Creative Producing Summit.

The Summit is an invitation-only event for up to 40 producers and directors identified through the full array of the Institute's programs including the Sundance Film Festival. Building on Sundance Institute's philosophy of extending a broad continuum of creative and strategic support to diverse projects, the Summit targets producers and projects already being nurtured through Labs, Fellowships, grants, and Festival participation, or those with potential to be supported by Sundance Institute programs.

The 2013 Creative Producing Summit took place August 2 - 4, 2013 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Multimedia artist Doug Aitken, whose installation Sleepwalkers was featured in New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, delivered a keynote opening address on storytelling and the creative process.

The 2014 Creative Producing Summit took place August 1 - 4, 2014 at the Sundance Resort in Utah and included industry attendees such as Greg Ammon, Fido Features; Michael Barker, Sony Pictures Classics; Jason Michael Berman, Producer; Josh Braun, Submarine Entertainment; Ian Bricke, Netflix; Jeb Brody, Focus Features; Bonni Cohen, Actual Films; Wendy Cohen, Picture Motion; Victoria S. Cook, Frankfurt Kurnit; Philipp Engelhorn, Cinereach; Andrew Goldman, Motto Pictures; Bill Holderman, Wildwood Productions; Kevin Iwashina, Preferred Content; Ben Kramer, Creative Artists Agency; Jessica Lacy, ICM Partners; Julie Lynn, Mockingbird Pictures; Vinnie Malhotra, CNN Films; Riva Marker, Red Crown Productions; Sophie Mas, RT Features; Joe Matukewicz, Sony Pictures Worldwide; Deb McIntosh, William Morris Endeavor; Cara Mertes, Justfilms, Ford Foundation; Paul Mezey, Journeyman Pictures; Stephen Nemeth, Rhino Films; Brian Newman, Sub-Genre; Constance Orlando, BET Networks; Josh Penn, Court 13 Films;  Tom Quinn, Radius-TWC; Burton Richie, Heretic Films; Annie Roney, Ro*Co, Rena Ronson, United Talent Agency; Jonathan Schwartz, Super Crispy Entertainment; Jess Search, Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation; John Sloss, Cinetic Media; Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter; Molly Thompson, A&E IndieFilms; Christine Vachon, Killer Films; Joana Vicente, IFP; Laura Vigilante, Candescent Films; Lois Vossen, Independent Lens; Ryan Werner, Marketing and Publicity Consultant, Diane Weyermann, Participant Media; Nancy Willen, Acme Public Relations; Ron Yerxa, Bona Fide Productions.