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Is Film Piracy Hurting Sundance Filmmakers? This Eye-Opening Infographic Has the Answer

Is Film Piracy Hurting Sundance Filmmakers? This Eye-Opening Infographic Has the Answer

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The annual Sundance infographic is back to shed some light into how the films from last year’s festival performed over the past 12 months, and many of the statistics reveal disheartening information.

One notable highlight rapidly occurring in the film industry is the fact that while many feature films get picked up for distribution, they will ultimately fail to see a significant financial return. Could this statistic be attributed to piracy? 

The infographic, created by Adam Leipzig, includes the cost of illegally downloading previous Sundance features this year. The graph includes Oscar winners and nominees like “Whiplash,” “Boyhood” and “Brooklyn.” The statistic hopes to encourage viewers to support indie filmmakers by buying movies instead of illegally downloading them. 

IFC Films and Sundance Selects President Jonathan Sehring, a producer of “Boyhood,” stated in regards to rising film piracy, “Obviously piracy hurts every film company and any owner of intellectual property, regardless of size and scope. It is painful to look at those numbers and try to rationalize why people do this, especially to indie films.”

You can read the full analysis by clicking here to head over to Cultural Weekly. Check out the infographic below for more interesting information about the festival.

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