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Sundance Institute’s Opening Night Gala honors Pat Mitchell

PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Institute has unveiled the lineup for its 2024 Sundance Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala, celebrating 40 years of impactful storytelling. Set for Jan. 18 at the DeJoria Center in Utah, this prestigious event recognizes remarkable contributors to the narrative arts.

This year, the Institute will honor Pat Mitchell, former Board Chair and trustee, with the Vanguard Award for Philanthropy, acknowledging her exceptional commitment to the Institute’s mission and her philanthropic endeavors.

The Gala serves as a pivotal fundraiser, supporting independent artists worldwide through labs, grants, and public programs. Generously supported by Chase Sapphire and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, this event marks the kickoff for the Sundance Film Festival running from Jan. 18–28, in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, along with online screenings from Jan. 25–28.

Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente expressed excitement in honoring Pat Mitchell, highlighting her advocacy for media and storytelling as agents of social change and her commitment to gender and racial equality.

In response, Pat Mitchell emphasized Sundance’s mission of fostering stories that transcend boundaries and unite communities of storytellers and change-makers, recognizing the privilege of contributing to this cause.

Pat Mitchell, an award-winning journalist and producer, has received numerous accolades throughout her career, breaking barriers for women in media and advocating for social change. She is the author of “Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World” and leads the global climate justice campaign Project Dandelion.

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The 2024 Sundance Film Festival promises to celebrate not only exceptional cinematic talent but also individuals like Pat Mitchell, whose dedication has left an indelible mark on storytelling while championing social causes and inclusivity.

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