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in Filmmaking
on Jan 20, 2010

Announced today, YouTube, which is sponsoring the Sundance Film Festival‘s NEXT section, is partnering with the fest to make five festival films (three from this year, two from ’09) available for rental on YouTube starting this Friday.

The five films will be:
Louis Psihoyos‘s The Cove
Tze Chun‘s Children of Invention
Michael Mohan‘s One Too Many Mornings
Brad & Todd Barnes‘s Homewrecker
Linas Phillips‘s Bass Ackwards

The films are only available during the festival for a three-day rental price of $3.99. The deal is a non-exclusive revenue share deal between YouTube and the filmmakers.

YouTube has also announced the start of “Filmmakers Wanted.” A campaign the site is doing at Sundance to entice more filmmakers to join their rental program.

Sundance will certainly be a hotbed for alternative distribution ideas this year. To read how other filmmakers plan to use Sundance to help their non-traditional distribution platforms, read Anthony Kaufman’s Industry Beat column in the Winter issue.

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