Sundance Institute has launched Sundance Co//ab, an emerging global creative platform for independent storytellers to learn, share and connect.
Sundance Co//ab advances Sundance Institute’s mission to discover, support and inspire independent artists by creating a digital community. The platform offers educational videos, webinars and curated resources, as well as deeper, interactive learning and individual project feedback.
Sundance Co//ab’s membership is already 20,000 strong and reaches 189 countries. The platform offers an array of interactive online courses ranging from three-hour intensives to eight-week deep dives with creative and industry professionals who engage with students and give feedback on their work. Subscribers are also invited to share their work and receive comments and evaluations from their peers and Sundance advisors. To promote inclusion and affordability on a global scale, Co//ab offers need-based scholarships to 20 percent of all participants.
For those who prefer to begin learning independently, the platform offers a free curated video library with self-paced learning pathways in English, Spanish and Arabic. In the next year, these pathways will expand into French and Portuguese, with additional languages to follow based on audience needs.
“Co//ab is a safe and generous space for artists to share their work, get feedback and become better storytellers,” said Michelle Satter, founding director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film program and vision and content lead at Sundance Co//ab. “We believe that storytellers have the power to describe, shape and imagine the world they want to live in; Co//ab gives them the tools, inspiration and community for their creative expression across all forms.”
“By offering a variety of interactive programs, Sundance Co//ab empowers global storytellers to participate in the rich conversations that normally take place in closed networks,” said Tara Hein-Phillips, Sundance Institute’s chief product officer. “Our community is inclusive to artists who, without Co//ab, may have never been part of these conversations.”