SXSW is bringing the fun to your living room.

April 20, 2020
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While this year’s South by Southwest has been postponed, the film fest portion of the Austin event will still go on. The festival, which offers film, music, and educational programming, has brought enormous crowds to Austin over its 34-year run. This year, the festival has had to postpone its programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the SXSW Film Festival has now partnered with Amazon to stream some of the films on the platform.

With all the cancellations in the world right now, this is a welcome virtual development . According to SXSW, “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.” The partnership is inviting the filmmakers included in the original lineup the chance to stream their films free on Amazon.

“This online film festival […] 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,” says a press release. A longtime champion of indie film, the festival has also awarded juried prizes to the films included in competition this year. A list of the awards and winners can be found at sxsw.com.

As for when the programming will be available to stream, no date has yet been announced, but it will likely be soon. Check out SXSW on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up to date with announcements.

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Have you ever been to South by Southwest in Austin? What upcoming films are you most looking forward to seeing?