what is super 8 film?
super 8 is a motion picture film format developed by kodak in the 1960s. it's the most accessible format of real film that you can shoot on — cameras and film-stock are relatively cheap, readily available and easy to use. nothing else looks like super 8 film
super 8 film doesn't record sound, so you need to make your soundtrack separately
when will i get to see my film?
no one is allowed to see their film before its premiere. look at the dates page for the latest info. after the screenings, all entries from the year will be uploaded so that you can download yours digitally
what camera should i buy/where can i buy one?
super 8 cameras are easy to get hold of and can be picked up for next to nothing, but you’d probably have to pay a bit more for a fully featured and tested camera
quite a lot of super 8 cameras won't automatically meter all modern film stocks — it makes life much easier if you can get one that will. super8wiki.com lists the specs of almost all super 8 cameras
can i enter my films to other festivals?
yes! we love it when straight 8 films get screened at other festivals. it’s your film, not ours so you retain ownership - we just ask for non exclusive rights to show the film ‘under the banner of’ straight 8
who enters straight 8?
the level playing field created by straight 8's rules makes it a great chance for people with everything to prove and nothing to lose. some of the greatest straight 8 films have been made by first time filmmakers. and we love that. and if you are a filmmaker, well you'd love this opportunity to return to your roots, scare yourself, enjoy total filmmaking freedom: you get final cut. all be it in-camera. we don't mind if you use a pseudonym — we just want you to have fun
can i put on my own straight 8 screening?
yes please! we want to have as many screenings in as many places as possible. if you’d like to put on a screening or would like to suggest that we screen somewhere please get in touch