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"Bugcrush" is showing at festival.sundance.org/2006.
This year, Sundance Online hopes the additional online content will serve as a virtual extension of the festival. "We're trying to reach an international audience," says Joseph Beyer, associate programmer, Sundance Film Festival producer, Sundance Institute Online. "Last year we had people from all over the world on our site."
The 2006 Sundance Web site underwent an overhaul to make navigation easier and to bring the film festival online. Improvements include faster downloads, sharper graphics, an expanded help section, and weather and news updates on the home page. "We're superexcited to be using Flash 8 codec this year," Beyer says. "We think it's an amazing upgrade to Flash video, and we're extremely pleased with the results." The films are being offered at 700 Kbps for high-bandwidth users. It gives them a much larger video window in which to enjoy the shorts.
The film festival is put on by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of artists. It's held each January in Park City, Utah.