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Creative Distribution Initiative

About the Creative Distribution Initiative

We help independent storytellers build audiences and sustain careers through innovations in marketing, distribution, and data transparency and imagine a world without barriers between storytellers and their audiences.

The Creative Distribution Initiative empowers filmmakers navigating the changing business of independent film. Through an array of online resources, the program provides support and insights on creative funding, marketing, and distribution. Stay tuned for more research projects coming in 2020.

Creative Distribution Case Studies

Creative Funding

Through the Creative Distribution Initiative, Sundance Institute became the first curatorial partner of the creative funding platform Kickstarter. Since launching the deal in 2011, with promotional support from Kickstarter and dedicated strategic consultation from the Creative Distribution Initiative staff, over 400 filmmakers have successfully completed fundraising campaigns.

Available CDI Titles

Support of the Creative Distribution Initiative

The Sundance Institute Creative Distribution Initiative is supported by Cinereach, National Endowment for the Arts, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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