SXSW is among the mass of festivals cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning many independent filmmakers were robbed of an opportunity to get their work in front of an audience. Looking to support these up and coming filmmakers, SXSW teamed up with marketing company Mailchimp to launch a digital platform for the short films.
“One of the amazing things about this frightening and uncertain moment we’re living in is that people seem really eager to help each other solve problems creatively,” said Sarita Alami, director of programming at Mailchimp Studios.
Among the films, you will find Lions in the Corner – a true story about an ex-convict who starts a backyard fight club as a way to combat gun and knife violence.
Modern Whore is a rare sex work narrative told and performed by the sex worker herself.
Chicken of the Dead is an animated film where a new hybrid chicken is unveiled during a cocktail party at City Hall and not everything goes according to plan.
Of course, that’s just a small selection of the films available via Mailchimp Presents which covers a wide range of genres.
Chicken of the Dead
“It was our priority to let the films shine, so we chose a minimal, brutalist aesthetic…to let the content take centre stage so viewers could dive right in,” said Katie Potochney, senior director of brand design at Mailchimp.
“The rawness of the site also represents the speed at which the teams worked to get these films online to support these creative filmmakers.”
Later this month, Amazon Prime Video will support SXSW with the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection. 39 films will play exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. from April 27 to May 6. The films will be free to all U.S. audiences with or without an Amazon Prime membership — all that is needed is a free Amazon account.
If you’re looking for more ways to stay entertained during the lockdown, the Uncharted collection and Journey are currently free to download on PlayStation 4. The Victorian library has 19,000 eBooks available for free, the New York library has 300k eBooks and HBO has made a great selection of its content available for free.