Festival Shorts Online
Park City, UT, December 5, 2007–Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival Short Film Program comprises 83 short films representing 17 countries from 5,107 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by more than 15% over last year. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.
Short films screen in Festival theatres prior to a feature film or as part of one of the Festival’s eight short film programs. As it has in the past, Sundance Institute will continue its tradition of streaming an exclusive selection of short films online, free of charge at the official website www.sundance.org/festival. Every day of the Festival, one new short film will premiere online for 24 hours. Starting in 2006, The Short Film Program, both at the Festival and online, has been graciously supported by Festival Presenting Level Sponsor, Adobe Systems Incorporated.
In addition, Sundance Institute continues to support its mission of building audiences for short films by announcing one-of-a-kind partnerships to make a selection of Festival shorts available for purchase and download on three platforms: Apple’s iTunes Movie Store, Xbox LIVE, the online entertainment network for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and the Netflix member Web Site.
Presented in collaboration with Sundance Channel, the shorts available online will launch simultaneously on all three platforms beginning January 18, 2008 and run through 2011. These films will be accessible to audiences far beyond the streets of Park City on www.sundance.org /festival, and on the iTunes Movie Store, Netflix, and Xbox 360. The selected program of shorts available on these platforms will be announced just prior to the beginning of the Festival.
“Sundance Institute and the Film Festival have spent eight quiet years in the online community supporting self-distribution for filmmakers. We cannot wait to get back onto iTunes with our new 2008 program. We’ve been getting requests all year from our past alumni, wanting to get in on the deal,” said Joseph Beyer, Producer, Sundance Institute Online. “Adding Netflix and Xbox 360 creates an opportunity for short films that is unparalleled right now. It’s truly emerging as an entirely new marketplace.”
Sundance Film Festival Short Films will be priced at $1.99 each with www.iTunes.com/sundance [www.itunes.com] being the primary download-to-own platform for viewing on an iPhone, iPod, or widescreen TV with Apple TV. Netflix is making the Sundance shorts available to its subscribers at no additional fee through its instant watching feature, which offers thousands of films and TV episodes to be viewed instantly on PCs. Xbox 360 will offer yet another $1.99 download-to-own platform from Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store. More information can be found at www.xbox.com [www.xbox.com].
During the Festival, a Short Film Jury awards prizes based on outstanding achievement and merit in American and International Short Filmmaking. Over the years, the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program has become a prime source for discovering filmmaking’s newest voices, including Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, David O. Russell, Tamara Jenkins, Nicole Holofcener, and Alexander Payne.
Maintaining its core mission of supporting filmmakers, Sundance Institute has partnered with industry leader and digital media aggregator Mediastile, Inc. to provide ongoing digital distribution and encoding services to the 2008 Filmmakers. As the Official Digital Clearinghouse of the Sundance Film Festival, Mediastile provides a digital on-ramp to content retailers for filmmakers around the world.