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Sundance Online Film Festival is Underway with Third Installment

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire December 18, 2002 at 2:0AM

Sundance Online Film Festival is Underway with Third Installment
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Sundance Online Film Festival is Underway with Third Installment

by Brian Brooks




(indieWIRE: 12.18.02) -- The Sundance Online Film Festival began its third
installment late Monday night as the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Park
City, Utah gears up for its event which opens January 16. This year's Online
Festival, which originally launched during the go-go dotcom heyday of early
2000, features 31 projects in four categories including animation, short
subject, "Gallery," and "New Forms." The non-competitive Gallery section
features a diverse collection of web sites primarily focused as online
galleries as an "evolving art form," while the New Forms section presents
work including "imaginary environments" to "full immersion documentaries"
and three-dimensional experimental creations. "The New Forms category points
to the future of storytelling," Online fest organizers said in a prepared
statement.

The Sundance Online Film Festival will also feature its Short Films Showcase
over the web, allowing visitors to view shorts that are screening at the
Sundance Film Festival. The Short Film Showcase will be announced prior to
the actual Park City event and will run concurrently.

Attendees to the Sundance Film Festival can view participating online films
at the Zenith Theatre and Sundance Digital Center. HP is supplying the event
PCs located at various festival venues in order to allow festgoers the
chance to view the online festival as well. Participants can vote for their
favorite and the winner will be awarded the Sundance Online Film Festival
Award on January 23. Awards will also be presented to one film from both the
animation and shorts categories.

"The state of art and media on the Internet is maturing rapidly. The 31
projects selected for the Online Film Festival are entertaining, while being
extremely different from traditional film," said John Cooper, director of
programming for the Sundance Film Festival. "This year's program represents
the breadth and creativity of artists developing work for exhibition on the
Internet." The Sundance Online Film Festival concludes February 5. [Brian
Brooks]