Sundance Shorts Come to iTunes15 Jan, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf
This year, everyone can get a little taste of the Sundance Film Festival, even if a wintry trip to Park City, Utah is out of the equation.
Starting Jan. 22, the Sundance Institute and Sundance Channel will offer shorts from the narrative, documentary and animation genres from the 2007 Sundance Film Festival for download via Apple's iTunes download store. A broad selection of short films from this year's Sundance will be available for download at $1.99 each.
Sundance is committed to using technology to widen the audience for the well-known festival and its filmmakers, according to the organization.
“I have felt, from the earliest days, that if people really care about independent film, they should pay particular attention to short filmmakers, who are the best indicators of what is coming down the creative pike,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute and founder of Sundance Channel.”
The films available on iTunes are drawn from the 71 Sundance Film Festival short films, representing 19 countries and 4,445 submissions from American and international filmmakers. Also available on the iTunes Store will be free podcasts that take film lovers behind the scenes of the Sundance Film Festival including panels with filmmakers, journalists and industry representatives direct from Prospector Square and live performances straight from the Music Caf? in Park City.
Sundance Institute will continue to stream a selection of free short films at sundance.org. These short films will be posted after they have screened at the Festival, starting Jan. 18 through April 18.