Fest's last party also to air

NEW YORK — Sundance Channel, host of the official Sundance Film Festival Web site, will stream a live Webcast of the fest’s awards ceremony on its site, SundanceChannel.com.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to provide the excitement and energy of the Sundance Film Festival to anyone with access to the Internet,” said Michael Gnojewski, Sundance Channel’s VP, new media. “For the first time, people all over the world will be able to see this event.”

The Web site will also provide a virtual ticket to the fest’s closing night party with an interactive Internet-controlled Webcam.

Separately, Sundance Channel announced it will launch its first original series, “Conversations in World Cinema,” on Feb. 17. The monthly half-hour program will feature a different filmmaker each month, kicking off with Jane Campion. Produced in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, “World Cinema” will be hosted by Richard Pena, chair of the selection committee of the New York Film Festival and program director of the Film Society. Sundance Channel’s Adam Pincus and Liz Manne and the Film Society’s Graham Leggat will exec produce. Future shows will feature Mike Leigh, Atom Egoyan and Clair Denis.

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