You don't need a Sundance Film Festival pass or a flight to Park City, Utah, to get a front row seat at this year's festival.
Launching today in conjunction with the start of the festival, the Screening Room YouTube channel will showcase 12 short films from the 2013 Sundance Short Film program.
The Sundance programming team selected 65 short films from a record 8,102 submissions. Out of the 65 short films selected, 12 will be shown on the Screening Room YouTube channel.
Broken Night, the nightmarish film from award-winning writer Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams, Babel) and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan), will be one of the 12 shorts making their debut today.
"Short films have always been a very important part of our programming mix," says Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute. "It's a very exciting opportunity to partner with YouTube to share these films with a much wider audience."
The partnership supports YouTube's ongoing efforts to bring professionally produced quality programming to the Web, while allowing Sundance to raise awareness for outstanding short films online and outside of the festival circuit.
In addition to short films, the Screening Room on YouTube will showcase two films every week from the Sundance archives and other film festivals around the world starting Feb. 1. Also, as part of the partnership, festival goers will be seeing YouTube content from its original channels before each screening of the shorts selection.