sxsw film festival 2020 online

Enjoy An Online SXSW Film Fest, Thanks To Amazon Prime Video

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically transformed our lives. As geek consumers, we look forward to see the much-hyped film in theaters. We plan ahead for our cosplays so that we can wear them and show them off at conventions. We get together at the local bar for Harry Potter trivia night. 

But all of that is (temporarily) gone. So many conventions and film festivals are postponed or outright cancelled. This all began with the first domino piece: the cancellation of South By Southwest (SXSW) on Friday March 6, a week before the 10-day festival would have taken place in downtown Austin.

Enter Amazon Prime Video on Thursday April 2. Last week, a press release arrived in my inbox and I learned the best news: Amazon Prime Video will team up with SXSW to stream the full film collection for a limited time. 

Here’s what we know (so far) about the online SXSW Film Festival:

It’s called “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection”

A bit of a mouthful if you ask me. But it gets the point across. 

You get to enjoy it for 10 days

This online film festival will play exclusively on Prime Video for 10 days. So far, neither company announced the release date of the film collection, but they are targeting a date sometime in late April. So maybe in two or three weeks! Fingers crossed.

It’s free to all audiences in the U.S.

All you need to access the online film festival is a free Amazon account. You do not need to have an Amazon Prime membership. The one-time event is “free to all audiences around the country,” according to the official press release.

So what does this mean for us as film geeks?

There’s still time to brush up on the films you want to check out!

If this is your first taste of SXSW Film, check our their 2020 film lineup to see which ones would be available on the online collection. There is a variety of features, short films, documentaries, and much more!

Read more about some of the films from the collection.

Our Geek Gals team covered a few of the films from the collection:

Read Davie’s reviews on black-and-white POC drama I Will Make You Mine and female empowering documentary The Dilemma of Desire.

Check out Grace’s review of Billie Piper’s directorial debut Rare Beasts.

Read my interview with director Joshua Tsui on his gaming documentary of Midway Games, Insert Coin.


We hope everyone is doing well during this urgent and uncertain time! Keep an eye out for more updates on SXSW Film.

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