Were you not able to make it to Utah to attend the 2014 Sundance Film Festival?
This year, YouTube may be able to solve your problem.
YouTube is offering viewers the opportunity to view 15 short films selected by the Sundance Institute and showing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
By opening this opportunity to the public, YouTube is allowing thousands of viewers to catch some of the funny and inspiring short films they may not otherwise have seen.
One such example is the short film Gregory Go Boom, starring Arrested Development’s Michael Cera as a paraplegic leaving home to be on his own.
Danielle Tiedt, vice president for marketing at YouTube stated, “There’s about 50,000 people who come through to the festival, but YouTube reaches a billion people every month. It’s the type of content that doesn’t get blockbuster billing, but there’s a huge community for it, and that’s what YouTube is built for-helping people find content that they really care about and can’t get anywhere else.”
After viewing the short films, viewers can cast their vote for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Audience Award.
The short film with the most YouTube views will take home the award.
Voting ends January 24, just in time for the Festival’s awards ceremony on January 25 at 6 PM MT.
The ceremony will be hosted by Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, 21 Jump Street) and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace, Parks and Recreation) and will be live-streamed via YouTube at www.youtube.com/sff.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs through January 26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
For a complete list of films and events, visit www.sundance.org/festival.