The Sundance Film Festival is coming to iTunes.

According to Home Media Retailing, beginning on January 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." The short films will each be available for $1.99.

"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," stated Robert Redford, the man behind the Sundance Institute and founder of Sundance Channel.

The films that iTunes is making available have been culled from "71 Sundance Film Festival short films, representing 19 countries and 4,445 submissions from American and international filmmakers."

In addition to this, the iTunes Store will also offer users "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 Café in Park City."

Evan Jacobs at Movieweb
Evan Jacobs