One of the first event casualties of the coronavirus was SXSW. The festival was forced to cancel just a week before it was scheduled to begin back in early March.
Obviously everyone was disappointed, especially since plane tickets had been purchased, hotels were booked, etc.
The cancellation really hurt indie filmmakers, who were set to premiere their films at the festival. SXSW is a great platform to share their work and ceate some positive word of mouth.
Now they were left with nothing, but thankfully Amazon Prime is stepping in.
The tech company is inviting filmmakers to take part in this online film festival, which will play exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. The 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.
Filmmakers who do participate will get paid. Amazon didn’t reveal how much they will make, but said they’ll receive a screening fee for streaming their film over the 10-day period.
The screenings are expected to begin in late April. SXSW officials have already started reaching out to the filmmakers to let them know about Amazon’s offer.
Once more information is released and potentially a lineup of the films, we’ll provide an update.