The Sundance Film festival has stuck a deal with Apple to allow the films shown at the even in Utah to be sold through its iTunes store.

So far, 33 of the 71 short films being screened at the festival will be made available for download for $1.99 (£1) on the US store.

Festival organisers have also said they will also be streamed free of charge on Sundance's website when the festival kicks off on 18 January.

"Streaming on our site is not the same as owning, and there seems to be a world out there for both", said John Cooper of the Sundance Institute.

The films will be available on the Sundance website for only 3 months with Filmmakers receiving 67% of the profits and also retain all rights to their works, including the option of selling them to other distributors. The remaining revenue will be divvied up among iTunes, the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Channel.

There were no plans to make full-length festival films available online.

The iTunes-Sundance collaboration comes after Apple announced that Paramount was making 250 films, including Chinatown, Tomb Raider and the Star Trek films, available for download via iTunes adding to its current Disney only offering.