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


straight 8 2017 is open to anyone anywhere                          [nb. straight 8 shootout details here]

you could be seeing your own - as yet un-conceived - film for the first time ever at its premiere at cannes film festival

here's how it works...

entry is on this site only from feb 15 at 8pm gmt - see key dates

we're strictly limited to 150 places - first come, first served

we email you a unique entry number to include for the first three seconds of your film

you buy a cartridge of any colour negative super 8 film yourself - see our growing list of film outlets

you shoot your film on that one cartridge - it doesn't record sound

you send the cartridge back to us in london by the film delivery deadline

you send us your original soundtrack digitally by the sound delivery deadline

we get your film processed and scanned

we sync your sound to your film's first frame

(we don't grade or edit or anything your film)

we watch it

we announce which films made it to which premieres

the first time you can see your film is at its packed premiere

if your film doesn't get selected, we offer full and frank feedback (optional)

it's pure, it's raw.

it's scary, it's legendary

see testimonials

faq - frequently asked questions

rules - you must read and accept the rules before you enter


straight 8 2017 entry

£66.66 - uk, europe or worlwide incl vat


entry into competition

processing & scanning & soundtrack lay

digital download file of your film with your soundtrack and official straight 8 slate on head after all premieres

one free ticket for every screening your film is shown at




cost of sending exposed cartridge to us in london

additional screening tickets

travel to events

festival passes and other access requirements

return shipping or preparation of your film spool - see rules for more details


you must read and accept the rules before you enter below

straight 8 2017 is only available in super8mm form, not using the straight 8 ios app