SXSW was cancelled due to coronavirus fears, but some of the programming is now watchable at home, because of the teams at Oscilloscope and Mailchimp.
South By Southwest is a big festival for filmmakers especially for those who make short films. So Oscilloscope and Mailchimp have joined forces to release nearly every short film that would’ve played the fest online. Around 75 short films are going to be released online, a bunch of them is already watchable. The Lineup includes four festival winners and seven special recognition films. The best part about that is that every movie is watchable for free.
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After SXSW was shutdown, Mailchimp and Oscilloscope found a solution for the release of short films. With support from the SXSW programming team, “offers were made to all filmmakers who were selected as part of the 2020 SXSW Official Short Film Selections, and we were able to license a vast majority.” The films will be available on the site above exclusively throughout April.
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Regarding the shorts program, O-Scop president Dan Berger said:
“When SXSW announced their cancellation, one of our first thoughts was the mass devastation that would be felt by the filmmakers who would no longer have an opportunity to experience their premiere. With the exceedingly generous support of Mailchimp, we were collectively able to make a mad dash to create a site from the ground up (thanks Code and Theory!) to highlight these films, pay the filmmakers generously for their rights, and make everything available to the public at no cost.”
While Sarita Alami, Director of Programming at Mailchimp Studios added:
“The night that SXSW was cancelled, filmmakers were wondering what to do next, and prominent members of the tight-knit film community offered support and a signal-boost — we wondered if we could do the same at scale. With this project, we’re trying to accomplish two things: to offer these artists a platform for exposure, and to provide access to some amazing work from artists I’m sure we’ll be hearing about for a long time to come. And, we’re excited that many people who weren’t planning on attending the festival, as well as those who were, will get to enjoy them too.”
All the short films are watchable here.
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What do you guys think? Are you planning to watch some of the films? Or are short films not really your métier? Let’s discuss everything in the comments down below.