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STRAIGHT 8 SHOOTOUT: ISOLATION EDITION.
24 June 2020

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

With this year’s 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 event’s rough-and-ready appeal.

Voting takes place on the day and a prize pot will be donated to the winner’s 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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ZOE KOPERSKI JOINS VISION ARTISTS.

Vision Artists have completed the signing of Zoe Koperski to their production design roster.


PULSE FILMS SIGN WINSTON HACKING

Pulse Films have expanded their music promo roster with the addition of director Winston Hacking.


ALEXANDER DUNNING JOINS PARK VILLAGE

Former Grey and McCann Erickson creative Alexander Dunning has joined the director roster at Park Village.


NARGHI MOVES TO MISSING LINK FILMS.

Kyrgyzstan-born director Narghi Dotieva has joined Missing Link Films for representation.


KLAAS DIERSMANN JOINS GREATCOAT FILMS

Greatcoat Films have added YDA-winning director Klaas Diersmann to their roster.


DOG EAT DOG SIGN MATTHÄUS BUSSMANN

Following their signing of director Julian Marshall, Dog Eat Dog have grown their roster further with Matthäus Bussmann.


THE SWEETSHOP WELCOME ANDREW CHAPLIN.

The Sweetshop’s summer recruitment drive continues with the addition of GameFace and Alma's Not Normal director Andrew Chaplin.


FABIAN MARTINEZ JOINS LS PRODUCTIONS

LS Productions have appointed producer Fabian Martinez to their Manchester office.


A MONSTER CALLS AT DIRTY FILMS.

Hackney-based production company Dirty Films have unveiled their new fashion, music, and culture division.


MEJI ALABI SIGNS TO RSA

RSA have signed director Meji Alabi to their roster for US and UK commercial representation.


DOG EAT DOG DIG JULIAN MARSHALL.

Dog Eat Dog have completed the signing of director Julian Marshall for UK and German representation.


JIM HOSKING ARRIVES AT THE SWEETSHOP.

Jim Hosking, the man behind such oddities as ‘The Greasy Strangler’ and Adult Swim’s Tropical Cop Tales, has joined The Sweetshop for global representation.


PARK VILLAGE SIGN NOS

Park Village have bolstered their roster with the signing of cinematographer-turned-director Nos.


THE SWEETSHOP PICK TOM GOULD.

New Zealand director and photographer Tom Gould has joined The Sweetshop’s world-spanning commercial roster.


DARRIN PRESCOTT JOINS FEEL FILMS.

Seasoned action director and stunt co-ordinator Darrin Prescott has joined Feel Films for UK and US representation.


DARK ENERGY SWOOP FOR IAN ARYEH.

In-demand comedy director Ian Aryeh has become the latest addition to Dark Energy’s commercial roster.


RESTORING COLOUR WITH BEFORE I FORGET.

Bristol-based development studio 3-Fold Games have released their debut title, ‘Before I Forget’, in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Research UK.


A TRIO FOR MERMAN

Merman have scored a hat-trick with three new signings to their roster of directors.


SOUTHAMPTON AND UNIT9 SCORE A TAP-IN.

Those weary of microtransactions and photorealistic graphics may wish to visit Southampton Football Club’s website for a more old-school kickabout.


BALOJI JOINS ACADEMY FILMS.

Academy have signed director and musician Baloji to their roster for representation.


JAKE DYPKA MOVES TO AGILE.

Agile Films have announced the addition of filmmaker Jake Dypka to their nimble roster.


JW COLLECTIVE PARTNER WITH COMMON PEOPLE FILMS.

JW Collective have revealed a new creative partnership with Common People Films (CMN PPL).


THE RNIB'S UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have used the billboard lights at Piccadilly Circus to highlight the challenges by blind and partially sighted people post-lockdown.


ABSOLUTE POST SIGN MILO PATERSON.

Lockdown hasn’t stopped Absolute Post from bolstering their Flame department with the signing of Milo Paterson.


HENRY MASON HAS MOXIE.

Moxie Pictures have added director Henry Mason to their roster for commercial representation.


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