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

if you have a straight 8 in you

we want to see it


straight 8 industry shootout is our format for ad industry companies to compete at straight 8 for charity

shootout has been held at cannes advertising festival 2016 and 2017, and at ciclope international festival of craft in berlin 2017, all in association with the apa 

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find out more about past shootouts below:

straight 8 industry shootout @ CICLOPE 2017

straight 8 industry shootout @ CANNES 2017

straight 8 industry shootout @ CANNES 2016

see highlights from previous shootouts here

the 8 rules of shootout are:

  1. you can only enter as a major company linked to the advertising industry. only 25 companies allowed. first come first served. you can only enter at from 8pm (london) wednesday april 18th 2017. you could be an agency, production company, service company, edit house, post-production, music or sound company - so long as it's about ads.  registration in advance essential - see below
  2. you must film only on the kodak super 8 cartridge that we will send you. it offers you up to 3'20" film length - not a frame more, without synch sound
  3. no editing or post-production.  everything is done in-camera. so filming in single takes, in story order. and we process your film so no cheating!  film delivery deadline: friday may 26th - london - physical delivery - by 7pm at cinelab london (slough!)
  4. your digital soundtrack must be 100% original - no silent films, we've all moved on - and sent to us on a link by 23:59 (london) thursday 1st june
  5. you source your own camera, cast, crew - and idea.  there's no brief or theme - unusual maybe for this industry but not for the film industry
  6. the first time teams will see their own films is at the premiere in cannes on friday june 23rd, morning.  all films will be shown. the good, the bad and the ugly
  7. entry is £500 per entering company and profits will go to winning companies' charity of choice. winners chosen by audience vote in cannes - no voting for your own film
  8. more detailed rules will be given after successful registration.

thanks to our partners in shootout 2017.  click on the logos to find out more...