With last month’s unprecedented cancelation of SXSW 2020 due to coronavirus, the Austin-based festival has teamed up with Amazon to bring the films from the event right to your home screen for free with the launch of “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection.” Amazon is extending SXSW 2020 filmmakers the invitation to opt into this online film festival opportunity starting today.
“We’re honored to be able to provide a space for the SXSW filmmakers to share their hard work and passion with audiences for the first time,” said Jennifer, Head of Amazon Studios. “It’s been a privilege collaborating with Janet Pierson and the SXSW team to bring these diverse and inspiring films to viewers around the country. We are supporters of SXSW and other independent film festivals, and hope this online film festival can help give back some of that experience, and showcase artists and films that audiences might otherwise not have had the chance to see.”
Filmmakers who opt in will have their films made available to the public on Amazon Prime Video for 10 days. This one-time event will be available for free to all audiences around the country, with or without an Amazon Prime membership, all that is needed is a free Amazon account.
“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 Jay Duplass, an independent filmmaker and SXSW alum. “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.”
No definite launch date is set, but Amazon is targeting the end of April for this collection to be available to stream.
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