SXSW & Amazon teaming for free online film festival
The 2020 edition of SXSW was one of the first big events in the US to be canceled over the coronavirus and now the film portion of the fest is teaming up with Amazon for the “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection." Featuring movies from this year's lineup, the films will "play exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. for 10-days. The one-time event will be available in front of the Prime Video paywall and free to all audiences around the country, with or without an Amazon Prime membership, all that is needed is a free Amazon account." The filmmakers, who have been invited to participate, will be compensated for allowing their films to be streamed across the 10-day period. Dates have not been announced yet, or the slate of films, but organizers are hoping for late April.
“Ever since SXSW was cancelled 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, SXSW. “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.”
Although the SXSW film festival didn't happen this year, they still gave out awards, with Cooper Raiff's Shithouse winning the Narrative Competition, and Katrine Philp's An Elephant in the Room winning Documentary Feature Competition. You can check out the full list of 2020 winners here.