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Sundance Film Festival takes a bite of BURGER!     

Sundance Film Festival takes a bite of BURGER! The late night goings on in a Cardiff burger bar will this week appear on the big screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. However, you don’t need a ticket for the film festival to see the film. Organisers of the Sundance Film Festival have invited Burger to join 14 other short films to be screened on YouTube.

BURGER directed by Magnus Mork is the fourth short film to be produced by the Iris Prize, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation.

“Burger will be available for 10 days via YouTube and is expected to secure up to 25,000 views each day, a staggering 250,000 views over the 10 day period of the festival. The Iris Prize has been committed to sharing LGBT stories with as wide an audience as possible and this opportunity to reach a global audience is amazing,” said Festival Director, Berwyn Rowlands.

“In recent years we’ve turned to digital tools and technology to extend the festival experience to audiences who are not with us in Utah, and our initiatives this year make the festival more accessible than ever before,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute. “Our initiative with YouTube allows people everywhere to see a selection of short films at the same time they premiere at this year’s festival bringing more awareness to one of the favorite and most renowned sections.”

Filmed on location in a Cardiff burger bar the short drama is a beautifully observed study of the characters that inhabit the twilight world of late night burger bars. The 11 min short film includes strong performances from the ensemble cast of colourful characters which includes actors from Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

“This recognition by the Sundance Film Festival is yet more confirmation that Magnus Mork is a huge talent. This is also wonderful news for the Iris Prize and further highlights our work in supporting LGBT film talent,” said Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair.

“I’m very excited to have my film chosen for Sundance. I’m pleased with the finished piece and can’t wait for more people to see the film. The exposure from Sundance will help us get Burger into more festivals“, said Magnus Mork.

“This will be my first trip to Sundance so I’m just a little apprehensive about the experience. I’m also working on a new film so I guess I’m heading to the right place to discuss the project,” he added.

Magnus Mork (director) and Grant Vidgen (Producer) will be attending the 2014 Sundance Film Festival together with the actor Mathew David Hill.

Burger is available on YouTube from 16 – 26 January 2014. http://youtu.be/hRw9i47yKtc
 
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