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Hello, Sundance!

By Sara Pollack

YouTube Film

This evening, the 2008 Sundance Film Festival opens for business. By Saturday, the streets of Park City, Utah, will be mobbed with filmmakers, film lovers and those who love filmmakers. Isn't it convenient, then, that you can watch the festival - one of the most influential in the world - unfold from the warm glow of your computer, without having to worry about snow drifts or velvet ropes?

Indeed, for the next week you can find coverage of the festival, direct from Sundance

Channel, the festival's official broadcaster, updated daily in the spotlight and featured videos of the Film & Animation category. Look for filmmaker profiles, red carpet premiere coverage and interviews from the Sundance Channel's Park City studio, including an interview with the winning filmmaker from YouTube's first ever film competition, Project Direct.

Are you a filmmaker determined to brave the elements and head to Park City yourself? Let us know! A contingent of us YouTubers will be pounding the pavement, speaking on panels, watching films and talking to filmmakers, and we'd love to hear from you.

Ready to get started? Check out this classic moment from the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with Mr. Sundance himself, Robert Redford:

Happy film going,

Sara P.