Eager to check out some of the most-buzzed about movies premiering at Sundance this year, but without the means to attend the historic festival? If so, you may be in luck. Sundance Selects (the theatrical and video-on-demand label) just announced its second partnership with the not-for-profit Sundance Institute to present the “Direct from the Sundance Film Festival” initiative for this year’s fest (running January 20-30 in Park City, Utah). Five films being screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will simultaneously be available nationwide, on-demand, through Sundance Selects (a sister company to IFC Films).

The selected films include four world premieres recently acquired by Sundance Selects—Brendan Fletcher’s Mad Bastards, Michael Tully’s Septien, Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s These Amazing Shadows and Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent—as well as one U.S. premiere, Kaboom, directed by Gregg Araki, a Sundance veteran who has had eight movies shown at the fest. The movies will begin screening on video-on-demand at the same time they make their Sundance premieres, and will be available in approximately 30 million homes on most major cable systems, including Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. “Direct from the Sundance Film Festival” will be available for approximately 30 days on each cable system’s movies-on-demand channel in a special “Sundance Film Festival” branded section.

“Working with the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute has been an exceptional collaboration for us,” says Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring. “We love being able to, once again, take some of the remarkable films that Sundance Film Festival has to offer this year, directly to the homes of millions of film lovers who won’t be able to make the trek to Sundance.”

“As part of the Sundance family, we have always been excited about discovering innovative ways to help our filmmakers find their audience,” adds Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper.

For more information, visit www.sundanceselects.com.