Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has effectively brought Hollywood to a standstill as movie theaters, businesses, and public spaces shutter out of abundance of caution for the virus. The first to feel these effects were film festivals, which thrive in all of the above, and grant indie filmmakers a wider audience and outreach than they could hope through their own limited resources.
Now with film festivals essentially cancelled for the foreseeable future, a few indie filmmakers are taking things into their own hands. The South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, apart from spotlighting films and technology, also holds a SXSW Episodic Pilot Competition, rewarding promising TV pilots that debut at the festival. Left without a festival to debut their pilots, a group of filmmakers selected for the competition have banded together to launch a SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase on Vimeo.