Sundance’s bold first steps into distribution continue apace as it emerged that the Institute is collaborating with YouTube on three titles from the new Next strand set to receive their world premieres in Park City.

Linas Phillips’ road movie Bass Ackwards (pictured), Todd Barnes and Brad Barnes’ romance Homewrecker, and Michal Mohan’s friendship drama One Too Many Mornings will screen.

Commencing on January 22, the films will be showcased on the YouTube homepage, after which they will also be available until January 31 at YouTube Movies.

The Cove and Children Of Invention, two audience favorites from the 2009 festival, will also be made available for rental.

“It has been our goal this year to find opportunities for our film-makers by linking them to our technology partners and YouTube has been a great sponsor and partner,” Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper said. 

“The YouTube commitment to independent film is aligned with ours at Sundance. This begins a new age of connecting our artists directly to audiences.”

The films will be available for rental from January 22-31 priced at $3.99 and includes an unlimited number of views during a 48-hour period, with the exception of The Cove , which will be a 24-hour window.

Film-makers receive the majority of the revenue share, and none of the participating film-makers opted to have a cap on streams, meaning there will be no limit to how many rentals can be purchased during the 10-day period.

As of January 31, the films will no longer be available under their current deal with YouTube, however the film-makers will be able to negotiate new deals with YouTube.