YouTube has announced that it will charge users to watch “five films from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance Film Festival” beginning Friday. The goal is to bring more exposure to independent films and also to see if YouTube users will actually pay for content.

The videos will cost in the $5 range to watch — but Pollack says the exact price will be set by the filmmaker. YouTube will split revenues, but will give the lion’s share to the filmmaker, she says.

[via USA Today]