straight 8

straight up filmmaking since 1999

one super 8 cartridge no editing

we help people get films out of their heads and onto a screen and into other peoples’ heads

(or what’s the point?)

if you have a straight 8 in you

we want to see it

about

straight 8 is the global one-super-8-cartridge-no-editing short film competition founded in london in 1999

the challenge:

make a short film on one cartridge of super 8mm cine film with no editing, no re-takes, no grade, no post-production

the visuals for your film are completed in-camera, shooting in story order, editing only with each pull of the camera's trigger. every shot you take becomes your film

the film does not record sound so you then submit a separate, original soundtrack, still without having seen your film

we get your film processed at the lab and we line up your soundtrack to the first frame of picture

and the first time you see even your own film will be together with the audience at one of our packed premieres, like the one we hold at cannes film festival, if it's good enough

there is now another straight 8 format for ad industry companies to compete for charity. the rules are similar, but different. check out shootout

explore the site to see some great straight 8 films, find out more about who enters, how the films are made, the rules and where else they're screened

straight 8 is open to anyone anywhere... if you have a straight 8 in you, we want to see it so join our mailing list to be the first to hear about our important announcements

we hope you like what you see

straight 8