First there was Sundance. Then there was Google for independent films.
Or at least that's the plan over at the search mogul. Late Wednesday, Google began inviting people to submit their digital videos to its new database of searchable television and broadcast content. Its free to submit the videos, but Google has a review process before they're accepted, searchable and playable from Google Video, the company's newest experimental service. Google did not specify when the independent videos would be available.
But there's an emerging business model for the service. Google will let video producers charge visitors to play back their videos if they so choose. "Google will take a small revenue share to cover some of our costs," according to its Web site.
Rival Yahoo is also soliciting videos from the Web community at large. And sites like AtomFilms and iFilm may want to brace themselves.