Festival to offer features online

Slamdance has become the latest fest to go online, partnering with Indieroad.net to stream the 2009 fest’s films hours after they preem in Park City, Utah.  

For films opting into the program, high- and low-resolution streams will be available on Indieroad for $9. Filmmakers will get $3 of that sum; Slamdance and Indieroad will split the rest.  

“It’s a way of empowering the filmmaker at a time when many are still dependent on a broken distribution system,” said Slamdance topper Peter Baxter. “This way, we are making these films available to everyone and taking our festival worldwide.”

Baxter said the two-hour delay between preem and stream is their way of prioritizing the theatrical experience.  Sales agents prefer that buyers watch an available title on the bigscreen with a receptive audience. 

Indieroad creative director Vince Di Pierro said films will only be available during the fest. “Because it’s a stream and not a download we’ll have the ability to pull the film immediately if a distributor wants to buy it.”

Launched this year, Indieroad specializes in streaming fest films, charging between 80¢ and $2, depending on run time.

The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival announced a similar collaboration with SnagFilms last week (Daily Variety, Sept. 16).  Sundance has also moved online with Apple, offering some of its shorts on iTunes and sharing the proceeds with filmmakers.

The 15th annual Slamdance Film fest unspools Jan. 15-23 in Park City. The site indieroad.net/slamdance will stream the films.

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