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24 June 2020

Straight 8 Shootout: Isolation Edition.

by Andrew MacGregor

 
 

Thursday June 25th marks the first (and preferably last) lockdown edition of Straight 8ís Industry Shootout.

With this yearís Cannes online-only due to the coronavirus pandemic, Straight 8 will stream all thirteen entries live on their website instead. The show kicks off at 2 p.m. GMT here.

The venue may have changed, but the format remains largely the same: each entrant is sent a roll of Super 8 stock which they must use to shoot their film. This must be done in accordance with self-isolation guidelines.

Any form of editing or post-production jiggery-pokery is also prohibited. What you see is what you get from all thirteen competing companies, which adds to the eventís rough-and-ready appeal.

Voting takes place on the day and a prize pot will be donated to the winnerís chosen charity. This might not be the contest Ed Sayers and co. envisioned a few months ago, but it's defintiely worth a shot.


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