SXSW’s 2020 Film Lineup Comes to Amazon Prime Video-for Free

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 3, 2020

The virus has upended annual events such as SXSW.

As part of a partnership between SXSW organizers and Amazon, films that would have initially premiered as part of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival will instead screen digitally on Amazon Prime Video for 10 days beginning later this month. The selections will play exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the USA for 10-days.

The full slate of films set to stream on Amazon will be available in front of the Prime Video paywall and free to general US audiences. The content will not be exclusive to those with an Amazon Prime membership. 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.

Amazon Prime and SXSW did not disclose what movies had signed up to participate in the revamped streaming festival, but they said they were targeting late April to get the movies online. Filmmakers who participate will receive a fee for the 10-day stretch during which the title stream on the video service, according to the announcement. This is particularly important, as numerous filmmakers were hoping to land distribution deals, or get some much-needed attention for their respective projects.

Salke says the presentation should include conversations with the makers of the films to create a virtual festival feel.

'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, ' said Janet Pierson, director of film at SXSW. The online festival is a "one-time event" that will be free to all audiences, as opposed to being exclusively for Amazon Prime members, as SXSW detailed on Thursday.

SXSW alum Jay Duplass said in a statement, "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". This year was the first time in the event's history that it was canceled. SXSW was originally scheduled to run from March 13-22 before being shut down by Austin Mayor Steve Adler due to general health concerns.

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