Sundance Institute Layoffs Hit 6% Of Workforce Across All Departments

Sundance Institute has laid off nearly a dozen staffers across its departments, representing about 6% of its 180- workforce, Deadline has confirmed. The cuts are part of a three- to five-year strategic plan to strengthen the organization amid a challenging economic landscape.

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Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the nonprofit institute runs the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City — which will run January 19-28 next year — along with labs, fellowships and mentorships that support more than 1,000 artists each year. It also hosts many public programs in the U.S. and around the world.

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The Sundance film fest returned to an in-person event in 2023 after two years away from Park City, bringing deals, cash and some hope to a thawing post-Covid market.

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