SXSW Film Festival to Stream on Amazon for Free | CBR

The South by Southwest Film Festival will stream a selection of the 2020 event’s lineup on Amazon for free.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection will allow filmmakers to stream their projects for 10 days exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The event will be free for anyone with an Amazon account, even those that do not have a Prime membership.

Participating filmmakers will be paid for streaming their films. This does not mean Amazon will acquire the distribution rights to the movies, but that option will be available to those that are interested.

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The list of titles and the dates of the virtual festival have yet to be announced. Films that were scheduled to screen at the festival include  Judd Apatow’s King of Staten Island, Kumail Nanjiani’s rom-com The Lovebirds, Pink Skies Ahead and Bad Trip. 

“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 Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “It’s been a privilege collaborating with [SXSW director of film] 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.”

The festival was originally scheduled for March 13-22 in Austin, Texas, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was expected to attract 200,000 attendees.

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The South by Southwest Film Festival will stream a selection of the films that were slated to screen at event on Amazon for free.

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