Sundance Festival promises free movies at iTunes

The Sundance Film Festival will make ten short films of the 96 entered into its latest event available for free download through iTunes.

This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises a record 96 short films from 5,632 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by 10% over last year.
The 25th Sundance Film Festival takes place between January 15-25, 2009.

Overall categories included within the latest Sundance Festival include, US Dramatic Shorts; US Documentary Shorts; US Animated Shorts; International Dramatic Shorts; International Documentary Shorts; International Animated Shorts and New Frontier Shorts.

“The shorts program at Sundance has long been a place to discover new talent, and this year’s directors are no exception,” said John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming. “We are seeing very accomplished filmmaking, with some of the most entertaining and engaging films in the Festival.”

This year, the Sundance Film Festival will highlight an exclusive selection of 10 short films over 10 days on the iTunes Store.

All 10 films will be available as free downloads beginning January 15 and running through January 25, 2009. Sundance has partnered with Shorts International to provide digital distribution services and encoding services to the selection of 2009 films.

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