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Amazon will feature SXSW films in a virtual film festival on Prime Video

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Amazon Prime Video is partnering with South by Southwest to launch what it’s calling a movie pageant assortment, which can embody works from filmmakers who had been scheduled to display screen on the 2020 occasion in Austin. Initially scheduled for mid-March, the 34-year-old tech, music, and movie fest was canceled by Austin Mayor Steve Adler on March sixth as a consequence of public well being issues associated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Filmmakers had been notified at this time and given the possibility to decide in to the digital pageant, slated for a 10-day run someday later this month, in accordance with a launch from the SXSW movie press workplace despatched to The Verge. The pageant might be free to US audiences on Amazon Prime video. An Amazon Prime membership is just not essential to view the movies, however a (free) Amazon account is. Any filmmakers who take part might be paid a screening payment, in accordance with the discharge. Amazon gained’t personal the movies and filmmakers will be capable of pursue different distribution choices, according to THR.

“We’re supporters of SXSW and different unbiased movie festivals, and hope this on-line movie pageant can assist give again a few of that have, and showcase artists and movies that audiences would possibly in any other case not have had the possibility to see,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, mentioned in a press release.

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