Promonews - 22nd June 2020

As an alternative to the usual premiere of winners at the Cannes Film Festival, renowned Super 8mm competition Straight 8 is presenting the eight winners of their 2020 competition in a free global live stream on Wednesday June 24th.

Announced last Friday, June 19th, the winners were chosen from the second highest number of entries - more than 200 - in the 21-year history of Straight 8, where entrants shoot a film on a single cartridge of Super 8mm film, and then submit their unprocessed cartridge to the competition.

With entries coming from 26 countries this year, the eight winners were chosen by a panel including Katie Metcalfe​, shorts programmer, Sundance Film Festival and video commissioner, NOWNESS; J​oanna Duncombe,​ film programme manager, British Council; award-winning film editor J​ustine Wright​ (L​ast King of Scotland, Locke, Yardie​); Academy-Award nominated DoP ​Robbie Ryan​ (A​merican Honey, The Favourite, Marriage Story)​; and BAFTA, Grammy and Academy-Award winning director A​sif Kapadia​ (S​enna, Amy, Diego Maradona)​.

The 45 minute show will showcase the 8 winning films and is packed with bonus content, including commentary from the judges and special guests, plus behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the filmmakers. The show takes place at 8pm BST on June 24th at www.straight8.net. The straight 8 2020 selection is as follows:

●  “​Crumbs​” (stop-frame animation) by Robot Chocolate / Gabriela Plačková & Robert Hloz. Prague, Czech Republic.
●  “​A Portrait”​ (documentary) by Carlotta Beck Peccoz. London, UK.
●  “​Moving Forward​” (satirical comedy) by Ben Slotover. London, UK.
●  “​OK Commuter”​ (hand-drawn animation) by Ben Walden. Hove, UK.
●  “​Fly Home​” (comedy-drama) by Joshua Kerr. Newcastle, UK.
●  “​Daily Life​” (stop-frame animation) by Eugen Stemmle. Aumhüle, Germany.
●  “​Total Control”​ (comedy) by David Ross. Fort St John, Canada.
●  “​Oasis”​ (drama) by Kyle Camerer and Greg Hatton. Santa Monica, USA. (Filmed on location in Hawaii)

Straight 8 Founder​,​ Ed Sayers comments:​ “Making a short film in the straight 8 way is an incredible challenge for filmmakers. Being allowed one roll of Super 8mm film, with only in-camera editing, and no post-production, means that directors need to be smart: to plan amazingly well and then adapt on the spot when things inevitably change. This year’s selection is superb and because of everything going on in the world, we’ve also adapted and we now have the joy of sharing the films to the whole world at once.”

All the Straight 8 2020 films were made before the Covid-19 crisis. By contrast, the more recent Straight 8 Shootout competition - where creative companies compete by straight 8 rules for charity - were made under strict lockdown conditions. Those films will now also be revealed live online at www.straight8.net on June 25th at 2pm.  And the Top 25 films from the Straight 8 2020 competition will be shown at 8pm on June 26th.

Promonews - 22nd June 2020

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