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Uncensored Indies on 'Media Lab Uploaded'

The Independent Film Channel (IFC) will debut a show, called "Media Lab Uploaded," that will be centered on user-generated and user-selected content. The show draws on IFC's IFC Media Lab initiative, which provides a site where aspiring filmmakers can upload their films, to be watched and voted on by IFC viewers.

Since last month, IFC has been airing the top viewer-ranked films interstitially on its linear channel: "Media Lab Uploaded" will assemble those films into a monthly show, hosted by IFC News anchor, Matt Singer. IFC stresses that the films will not be censored or cut in any way.

"Since the launch of Media Lab, it has very quickly become an online home to independent filmmakers from around the world, and the program continues to give these filmmakers a voice and a platform to showcase their work that might not otherwise get seen," said Evan Fleischer, IFC's director of marketing and promotions. "With 'Media Lab Uploaded' we are making a show out of user-created shorts, which caters to our tech-savvy audience and provides yet another venue to celebrate and empower the next generation of filmmakers. This show will not only highlight the top, viewer-ranked films, but also films we think shouldn't be missed."

IFC Media Lab currently has nearly 12,000 registered members who have collectively submitted over 1,000 short films. The site has generated 400,000 film views since its launch late last year. Registered users can upload their films directly to the site, create a profile for their film, build a filmmaker home page, and view and rank one another's films.

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