World premiere of the first 8K narrative film, the comedic short film Beauties À La Carte [pictured], to be screened by Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK is to screen the world’s first 8K Super Hi-Vision film at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Toshio Lee’s comedic short film Beauties À La Carte will be screened on May 16 and 17 at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière, with a gala evening scheduled for May 17.

8K Super Hi-Vision was developed by NHK and delivers a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels - four times the resolution of 4K and 16 times that of HD - as well as featuring 22.2 multichannel sound.

Nobuhiro Haneda, NHK’s senior manager in charge of 8K content production, said: “New technology is driving new content. The production of Beauties À La Carte is part of our efforts to understand the technical challenges of producing drama in this new format.”

He continued: “I hope we can work with film-industry professionals to further explore the possibilities of using 8K for feature films.”