YouTube has just launched a new area, called the Screening Room, for independent shorts. According to Ars, the Screening Room “will feature four high-quality short films each week from independent film makers around the world.” A further sign that the internet – even the low-brow, kitten video internet – is becoming a great venue for independent filmmakers to get their previously-obscure work out there.
Apparently, the Screening Room will actually generate revenue for the starving artists. The filmmakers will get a cut of YouTube’s ad revenue and the Screening Room will give individuals the option of purchasing the movies at low cost.
If this first foray into independent film proves successful, one may wonder what’s next for YouTube. Perhaps a YouTube film festival?