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YouTube, Sundance Institute Team Up to Nurture Emerging Voices in Episodic Storytelling

YouTube, Sundance Institute Team Up to Nurture Emerging Voices in Episodic Storytelling

YouTube and the Sundance Institute—which have collaborated for several years to present the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program and bring a tour of the festival’s award-winning short films to arthouse cinemas across the U.S. and Canada—are expanding their association in 2016 with a raft of new programs designed to discover and support emerging talent in the world of episodic content. 

READ MORE: “Sundance 2016 Shorts Program Features Films by Bryce Dallas Howard, Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva, More”

Among the highlights are the Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab, in which fellows will work with creators, showrunners, and episodic producers to develop innovative projects, and the Sundance Institute | YouTube Creators Intensive, after which participants may be eligible for a first-look deal with YouTube Originals. Though the ranks of the latter have already been chosen, applications for the former will be accepted from February 15 – March 27. Visit the Sundance Institute website for details, and to apply.  

Check out YouTube’s panels and screenings at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which begins Thursday, below.

READ MORE: “Sundance 2016 Panels to Feature Christopher Nolan, Werner Herzog, Lena Dunham, and More”   

YouTube & The Rise of Virtual Reality Panel Discussion
Saturday, January 23, 3 – 4:30pm
New Frontier Gateway (Microcinema) 136 Heber Ave Park City, UT 84060

Virtual reality and 360-degree video on YouTube are transforming how we experience stories. Join a discussion with Global Head of Original Content, YouTube, Susanne Daniels, Head of content strategy for VR team, Todd Shaiman, Co-Founder and CTO of VRSE, Aaron Koblin and Matthew Patrick from The Game Theorists on how innovations in video offer a new way for filmmakers to tell, share and connect stories with a digital audience.

YouTube Red Originals Showcase & Panel

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm

Holiday Theater, Park City, UT 

Global Head of Original Content, YouTube, Susanne Daniels,
will be joined by YouTube stars Lilly Singh (A Trip to Unicorn Island) and
Gavin Free (Lazer Team) and Awesomeness Films head Matt Kaplan (Dance Camp) to
preview and discuss their upcoming projects that will debut exclusively on
YouTube Red in early February, as well as how to build a community around
content on YouTube. This session will be moderated by co-editor in chief for
Variety, Andrew Wallenstein.

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