Director, Creative Producing Program
Anne Lai is Director of Creative Producing & Artist Support in the Feature Film Program at Sundance Institute, focusing on discovering and nurturing emerging independent producers, screenwriters, and directors in narrative features. Through Labs, granting, mentorship, networking events, and educational programming she tailors support for artists on their current feature film while also providing ongoing creative and strategic feedback. Recently supported films include writer/director Reinaldo Green and producer Elizabeth Lodge Stepp’s Monsters and Men, Geremy Jasper's Patti Cake$, Eliza Hittman's Beach Rats, Daniels’ Swiss Army Man, Marielle Heller’s Diary of a Teenage Girl, co-writer/director Susanna Fogel and producer Jordana Mollick’s Life Partners, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, and co-writer/director Benh Zeitlin and producers Dan Janvey and Josh Penn’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Anne also leads the annual Creative Producing Summit and curates narrative features for the Catalyst Forum which connects projects with potential financiers. Prior to joining Sundance, Anne served as Vice President of Production at Scott Free, the film and television company founded by directors Ridley and Tony Scott. She worked on films including Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, and Tristan & Isolde. Anne attended the University of Michigan and received her degree in film production from the University of Southern California.