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SXSW To Continue With Juried Film Awards For Canceled Edition, Expands Online Screening Room

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SXSW, which was pressured to cancel its 2020 version that was to kick off in the present day in Austin because of the coronavirus pandemic, is forging ahead with a plan that features a web based screening room that may enable jurors to see and hand out awards to the fest’s competitors movies.

The information got here by way of SXSW director of movie Janet Pierson, who has been working to arrange alternate plans since Friday, when the fest was shut down by metropolis and state officers because of the risk of COVID-19.

“We had a number of Particular Awards juries already in place by way of hyperlinks, and since we’re not capable of current the occasion, we determined to proceed and broaden to all of the juried competitions, if the vast majority of the filmmakers opted in and juries had been out there,” she wrote Friday. “We all know it’s no substitute for the reside SXSW occasion with its distinctive and improbable viewers, however at the very least it’s some strategy to get consideration for these great movies.”

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SXSW Lays Off A Third Of Staff Following Festival’s Cancellation Over Coronavirus Concern

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After the cancellation, the competition was pressured to put off a reported 50 staff — practically one-third of its employees. Austin’s mayor declared a neighborhood catastrophe Friday resulting in the axing of the fest, as the town like others now faces a serious financial affect; SXSW attracts 100,000 to its movie, music and tech gathering every March.

Pierson additionally stated Friday that this 12 months’s competition will stay a qualifying occasion for the Movie Unbiased Spirit Awards, and winners of the SXSW 2020 Animated, Documentary and Narrative Quick Movie classes will nonetheless be eligible for the Oscars.

Right here’s her full assertion:

Confronted with the cancellation of SXSW 2020 by the Metropolis of Austin due to well being dangers related to COVID-19, the SXSW Movie Fest instantly hunkered down to determine what may we do to assist and assist the filmmakers whose work we love a lot, and who put their belief and religion in SXSW for his or her launch. Lots of them have spent years on the work they had been bringing to SXSW.

This was going to a transformative occasion, and with the cancellation, the filmmakers had been left stranded and scrambling. We had a number of Particular Awards juries already in place by way of hyperlinks, and since we’re not capable of current the occasion, we determined to proceed and broaden to all of the juried competitions, if the vast majority of the filmmakers opted in and juries had been out there. We all know it’s no substitute for the reside SXSW occasion with its distinctive and improbable viewers, however at the very least it’s some strategy to get consideration for these great movies.

SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying competition for the Movie Unbiased Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards® Quick Movie Awards and has confirmed with each organizations that given the extraordinary circumstances that SXSW’s qualifying standing nonetheless stands.

All Function movies chosen for SXSW 2020 will nonetheless be eligible for the Movie Unbiased Spirit Awards. Winners of the SXSW 2020 Animated, Documentary and Narrative Quick Movie classes will nonetheless be eligible for Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences awards.

We have now additionally organized for filmmakers to opt-in to our Shift72 safe on-line screening library with choices to make out there for press, patrons, trade, or mixtures of those audiences. It would launch on Friday, March 13 and run via Saturday, March 21.

We have now been heartened by the efforts of so many within the movie trade and wider movie neighborhood to return along with provides to assist SXSW initiatives by providing screening rooms, charge waivers, and so some ways. We’re persevering with to discover different methods to assist the paths of the SXSW 2020 Official Choice movies and filmmakers on this new atmosphere.

We are going to announce the Award Winners on Tuesday March 24 for the next classes:

Juried AwardsNARRATIVE FEATURE: Grand Jury AwardDOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Grand Jury AwardDOCUMENTARY SHORTS: Jury AwardNARRATIVE SHORTS: Jury AwardANIMATED SHORTS: Jury AwardEPISODIC PILOT COMPETITION: Jury AwardMIDNIGHT SHORTS: Jury AwardMUSIC VIDEOS: Jury AwardTEXAS SHORTS: Jury AwardTEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS Jury AwardEXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN Jury AwardEXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN Jury Award

Particular AwardsADOBE EDITING AWARDADAM YAUCH HÖRNBLOWÉR AWARDFINAL DRAFT SCREENWRITERS AWARDLOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARDVIMEO STAFF PICK AWARDZEISS CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

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