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South By Southwest, the multimedia festival juggernaut is teaming up with Amazon to bring you their 2020 festival collection. While the festival may have been cancelled, viewers across the U.S. will have 10 days to catch the festival’s films on “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection.”
Set to launch in late April — though with no clear start date — the online film festival will allow participating filmmakers to screen their movies over Amazon Prime Video over the course of 10 days. As emphasized in their statement, the film collection will only be available on Prime Video.
That being said, Prime Video isn’t a requirement of viewers. The only thing needed is an Amazon membership, which is free. As such, anyone in the United States with an account can stream this one-time festival.
Jann Pierson, Director of Film at SXSW said, “Ever since SXSW was canceled by the City of Austin, we’ve been focused on how we could help the incredible films and filmmakers in the SXSW 2020 Film Festival lineup.”
“We were delighted when Amazon Prime Video offered to host an online film festival, and jumped at the opportunity to connect their audiences to our filmmakers. We’re inspired by the adaptability and resilience of the film community as it searches for creative solutions in this unprecedented crisis.”
SXSW has sent inquiries to their scheduled festival filmmakers, and at this moment are cultivating the program’s listing. A screening fee is required of the filmmakers who choose to opt-in.
The original film schedule can be found here. Their scheduled headliners included The Lovebirds starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nunjiani, Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island, and the Beastie Boys Story directed by Spike Jonze.
The listing was also set to feature many mixed reality pictures, music videos, and short films. Although it’s safe to assume that not all of them will be available for the online film festival.
“I’m thrilled that these two great champions of indie film (SXSW and Amazon Prime Video) are teaming up to resurrect this year’s canceled film festival,” said actor, writer, and director, Jay Duplass.
“These are unprecedented times, and it’s going to take unprecedented solutions to carry on and celebrate these great films and the people who worked so hard to make them.”
For updates on the programming and start date, follow SXSW on its social channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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