Indie Filmmakers Go Global on YouTube

Independent filmmakers will be given a chance to profit from sharing their work on YouTube, the Associated Press reports. Next Wednesday, the video-sharing site will launch a virtual screening room, a feature that will highlight four new short films every other week. Films will be chosen by an editorial panel that will cull material from direct submissions and film festivals. In addition to heightened exposure, the selected artists will be given a portion of the ad revenue generated by views of their films and the option of selling DVDs and digital copies of their creations through the site. Citing the YouTube success story of Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, who parlayed YouTube exposure into TV and DVD distribution deals, film and animation manager Sara Pollack said: “They ended up doing really, really well, ironically by putting their film online for free.”