Amazon Prime Video Is Bringing This Year's SXSW Movies Into Your Home, For Free

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused plenty of event cancellations this year, including this year’s SXSW. The city of Austin pulled the plug on the event, but alas, those who were excited about watching the movie premieres this year will be able to watch them from home very soon.

Amazon Prime Video revealed in a tweet that it has partnered with SXSW for an upcoming streaming event. That means you’ll be able to watch these movies from your couch. Check out the tweet below.

The key word here is “everyone.” That means that anyone in the United States–regardless of whether or not they have an Amazon Prime Account–will be able to take part in this event. All you need is a free Amazon account to access the movies. This will be a one-time event. It will be up to the filmmakers if they want to participate in the SXSW streaming launch. They will receive a screening fee for streaming their movies over this 10-day period.

GameSpot reached out to Amazon for more details about this event, and they stated that while a date for the event has not been finalized, they are targeting late April.

“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 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.”

“Ever since SXSW was cancelled by the City of Austin, we’ve been focused on how we could help the incredible films and filmmakers in the SXSW 2020 Film Festival lineup,” said Janet Pierson, director of film, SXSW. “We were delighted when Amazon Prime Video offered to host an online film festival, and jumped at the opportunity to connect their audiences to our filmmakers. We’re inspired by the adaptability and resilience of the film community as it searches for creative solutions in this unprecedented crisis.”

While none of the movies participating in this streaming event have been announced yet, SXSW had a few key entries set to debut. One was Psycho Goreman, a bizarre horror comedy follows two kids who resurrect an ancient alien with a thirst for violence, and the first trailer is filled with gore. However, the movie comes off like an ’80s kids movie where they’ve made friends with an alien like E.T. or Mac and Me. It is truly bizarre looking.

Additionally movies that were set to debut at SXSW are Maureen Bharoocha’s comedy Golden Arm, Andrew Rossi’s documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News, Kris Rey’s comedy I Used to Go Here, and Shahad Ameen’s fantasy drama Scales.

Disclosure: ViacomCBS is GameSpot’s parent company

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