Saturday 4th August 2018 - 3.45-5.45pm - NFT1 - BFI Southbank, Lambeth, London
straight 8 is proud to premiere 28 new DIY works in the BFI Southbank’s 450-seater NFT1 - each 3 minutes 20 seconds, filmed on a single, unedited cartridge of super 8mm, and as yet unseen by even their creators. Held in partnership with the London Short Film Festival
and BFI Southbank
, this year sees a traditionally eclectic offering from straight 8 innovators new and old, harnessing the richness of its straight-to-screen, no post approach to analogue filmmaking to produce ambitious new works (eyes out for a Ray Winstone top billing). It will be the largest screening of straight 8’s almost 20 year history.
A truly independent and thoroughly international showcase of grassroots filmmaking, straight 8 prides itself that anybody and everybody is welcome to enter their annual competition. This year’s London premiere includes films from eleven countries, spanning 21 global cities, with filmmakers from the ages of 18 to 78 and a mixture of newcomers and industry vets. The films span every genre with a uniquely straight 8 ingenuity, the only theme of the batch: what would you do with 3 minutes 20 seconds of cinema screen time?
Each of the works is filmed straight onto a single cartridge of super 8mm cine film with no second takes, no editing and no post-production. Entrants sent their unprocessed rolls to be developed and scanned at Cinelab London
and made original soundtracks to accompany, without ever having seen their films.
This May, the straight 8 jury
, which included BAFTA & Academy Award-winning director Asif Kapadia, selected the best 8 films to screen at the 13th straight 8 Cannes Film Festival premiere. This will be their first screening since and the further 20 selected films have never been seen before - even by their makers.