Written by Shona Smith on Nov 22, 2019. Posted in Awards and Festivals

straight 8 shootout online announces line-up and details of FOCUS premier

The line-up for this shootout includes Prettybird, Progress Film Company, Spindle, Ana, Marshall Street Editors, The Network Productions, Groundglass, Adelphoi Music and more. Each 2.5 minute short film will premier live at FOCUS The Meeting Place for International Production in Islington, London on December 3rd at 09:45 GMT. Attendance is free with a delegate pass available here.

Made entirely in-camera on just one super 8mm film, every shot is taking in story order with no re-takes or post-production with the only creative brief being what do you want to do with 2.5 minutes of screen time to impress your colleagues, competitors and friends who’ll be watching your film when you do (with unimaginably hard technical limitations?). Immediately after the premiere, entered companies will vote for their favourite films – not including their own. For those around the globe, a live online stream will be available on straight 8’s site.

Clara Le, Commercial Director, FOCUS Show Ltd & The Location Guide says “we are thrilled to be partnering with straight 8 for the first time. As long-term fans of the shootout, it is a pleasure to host the next world premiere at our December show. The online shootout is another amazing way to showcase creative talents from across the global industry, so what event is more fitting for this premiere than FOCUS, the meeting place for international production?”

Steve Davies, Chief Executive, APA London comments,“straight 8 is the most fun filmmaking competition for companies. Watching the films with the filmmakers who haven’t seen them either is compelling- they might be great, and often are, but if they aren’t, it's only a couple of minutes and you're on to the next one! The online version is even more exciting as there's no knowing how many people are tuning in.”

Previous straight 8 winners include Iris Worldwide, Rankin Film, Directors Guild Helsinki, Taiyo Kikaku, Final Cut and Rothco and nineteen global charities have received shootout prize donations to date.

Click here to register for your free delegate pass to FOCUS on the 3rd & 4th December at the Business Design Centre, Islington.

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