Written by Shona Smith on Jun 13, 2019. Posted in Awards and Festivals

straight 8 shootout Cannes 2019 announce line-up

Tickets are now on sale for straight 8 shootout Cannes 2019. Presented by the APA and Cinelab London, the straight 8 shootout premiere returns to Cannes for the fourth consecutive year with fifteen teams entering from creative companies worldwide.

straight 8 shootout cannes 2019 screening flyerstraight 8 shootout is a company-to-company showdown to produce the best 2.5 minute film on Super 8 without editing or post-production, seeing it for the first time at its premiere in Cannes.

The Cannes 2019 premiere will take place 11 am on June 20, with a 10 am free breakfast included for ticket-holders at the Cinema Les Arcades, 77 Rue Felix Faure, Cannes. For those unable to make it to Cannes, a London premiere will take place on Friday June 28, Regent Street Cinema. Tickets are on sale now at straight8.net/shootoutcannes2019

With no creative brief to adhere to, every team have really gone for it in a bid to win the showdown in Cannes and donate prize money to their selected charity. Juha-Matti Nieminen, Executive Producer of production company Directors Guild from Helsinki, Finland comments “what could go wrong? Basically everything...Compared to our daily job on commercials where our aim is to minimize the possibility of failure, we’re so excited about straight 8 being all the time right next to absolute failure”. The team from London production company Rock Hound agree, saying "increasingly clients are getting fearful of pushing the limits so here’s a chance to get a bit cheeky".

See some behind the scenes shots below to get a taste for what is in store.straight 8 shootout cannes 2019 BTS montage

A welcome breakfast for entering teams and ticket-holders will be held from 10am at the cinema - hosted by Madam Films, a long time supporter and first time sponsor of straight 8 shootout. In partnership with charity cycle ride The FireFlies Tour, GBP5 from every ticket sold for the premiere will go towards their fundraising for Bloodwise.

The fifteen teams in this years lineup for straight 8 shootout at Cannes 2019 are:

Rattling Stick, London, UK

Curious, Auckland, New Zealand

Rankin Film, London, UK

Director’s Guild, Helsinki, Finland

Iris Worldwide (Gold Winner 2018), London, UK

Motherland, Dublin, Ireland

Rock Hound, London, UK

Airbag (x2!), Melbourne, Australia

Taiyo Kikaki (Gold Winner shootout online 2018), Tokyo, Japan

Forever Pictures, London, UK

The Producers (Silver Winner 2018), Melbourne, Australia

British Arrows Doorway, London, UK

Society, Los Angeles, USA

Partizan, London, UK

A live vote at the cinema immediately follows the screening and the top three winning companies are announced and awarded the iconic shootout camera trophies made by shootout sponsors, Machine Shop, from defunct super 8 cameras. The audience award goes to the company whose film gets the loudest reaction.

Celebrating its 20th birthday year, since launching shootout in 2016 with APA London, its success has been proven at Cannes, Ciclope and Adfest and many top companies from around the world have now risen to straight 8’s shootout challenge. See some past entries companies who’ve entered and some of the charities who have benefitted to date at straight8.net/shootout.

This year’s straight 8 partners are APA, Cinelab London, Machine Shop, MADAM Films and The FireFlies Tour.

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