Filmmakers included in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup may opt to take part in the online film festival, which will stream exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. for 10 days. This one-time event will be available to all audiences across the country for free, and all you’ll need is an Amazon account — no Amazon Prime membership required.
This year’s film festival saw the likes of Cooper Raiff’s Shithouse and Katrin Philip’s An Elephant in the Room win the top prizes, along with 070 Shake and director Noah Lee going home with a big win under the Music Videos category.
“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. 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,” Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” added 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.”
The complete list of titles and launch date have yet to be released, but SXSW and Prime Video are targeting a late April Date.
Elsewhere in entertainment, HBO is releasing almost 500 hours worth of programming for free.