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'Freeware' wins Sundance award

PARK CITY (AP) — A dark tale of a future world ruled by a corporation boss has won the Sundance Institute's first online film festival.

"Freeware," a short film directed by London native Alex Orrelle, received the audience award from viewers of Sundance's online festival, which ran from Jan. 18 to Feb. 28.

During that time, about 20 short films were available for viewing over the Internet, with viewers voting on their favorites.

The online festival was started as an Internet counterpart to the Sundance Film Festival held each January. Organizers said the online competition allowed them to broaden the event to viewers unable to attend the Park City festival.