Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are joining forces to launch “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection,” following the unprecedented cancellation of the SXSW Conference and Festivals by the City of Austin due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.
“Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” offers filmmakers in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup an invitation to opt in to take part in this online film festival, which 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.
Filmmakers who choose to participate will receive a screening fee for streaming their film over the 10-day period. The launch date is yet to be announced, but SXSW and Prime Video are targeting a late April date. SXSW has shared details on the opportunity with 2020 filmmakers, who can opt in starting today.
Films originally announced to screen at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival included Pete Davidson’s Judd Apatow-directed dramedy King of Staten Island, the Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani rom-com The Lovebirds; writer Kelly Oxford’s directorial debut, Pink Skies Ahead, a coming-of-age tale inspired by one of her personal essays; and Bad Trip, a hidden-camera comedy starring Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish in a tale of two best friends embarking on a cross-country road trip filled with pranks.