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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Redford's Sundance Institute to finance films for phones

NEW YORK - Actor Robert Redford's Sundance Institute will commission independent filmmakers to make short films for mobile phones, Redford said Wednesday. While film content is already available for cell phones, six independent filmmakers will be the first commissioned to make short films especially for the medium, Redford said. The filmmakers include Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, whose successful debut feature film Little Miss Sunshine is playing in cinemas across the United States. The deal was reached with telecom industry group GSM Association, which represents 700 mobile-phone operators, Redford said. Cellular companies hope to attract customers by adding features to phones. The project would support short films, which were once regularly shown at cinemas before audiences were "shoved into theaters and shoved out like cattle," Redford said.

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