Sundance Shrinks From Web as Online Video Explodes

Sundance says it wants a "webolution." Just don't look for it at the indie film fest's website, which has slashed its online offerings even as internet video is taking off.

This year's Sundance Film Festival, which opens Thursday in Park City, Utah, includes a panel called "Webolution" with Motion Picture Association of America chief Dan Glickman and representatives from online players Netflix, Veoh Networks and Joost.

At the same time, Sundance is beating a stealthy retreat from the web. Its Online Film Festival, launched in 2001, has suffered: In 2007, Sundance's site offered nearly 50 films continuously over the course of the festival; this year, it'll show just one for each of the festival's 10 days. (iTunes, Xbox Live Marketplace and Netflix will each make 35 additional Sundance shorts available for download, at $2 each, after the festival ends.)

Sundance programmer Trevor Groth said the program was reduced to eliminate competition with iTunes and other video sites.

(Source: Wired)

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