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 shootout @ CANNES 2019

NOW ON: the 4th straight 8 shootout at CANNES

everyone is welcome to the premiere june 20th 11am - and sponsored breakfast from 10am, thanks to madam films - you can buy premiere tickets now here

only 20 creative companies around the globe can compete and many have already signed up. films must be made and delivered to london by may 31st. now extended to june 6 for anyone not yet entered.

  • make a film in one of the hardest ways on earth

  • raise money for charity

  • battle with some of the most creative companies on the planet….

  • then triumph or fail, heroically on a massive cinema screen in cannes... 

what's not to like?

read the 8 rules of shootout and enter below the poster

and any questions at all - just mail us

shootout 2019 final call.jpg

the basic 8 rules of shootout (not to be confused with straight 8 2019) are:

  1. ENTERING. you can only enter as a company and the first 20 companies to pay for entry are in. deadlines are: deliver film to london 31st may. deliver soundtrack digitally one week later. entry is £750+VAT per entering company. if we have less than ten companies this shootout will not go-ahead. once you take your place, there’s no backing out and no refunds

  2. FILMING. you must film only on one cartridge of super 8 colour negative film. it offers you up to 2'30" film length because we're projecting at 24fps for shootout so 24fps will be your base frame rate for shooting. the cartridge does not record sound. on entering successfully you'll be issued a slate number to include in your first shot so that we know your film was made for this contest within the same time-frame as everyone else

  3. POST-PRODUCTION. there is none! no editing, grading, fixing, fiddling, titling or any form of post-production.... everything is done in-camera, filming in single takes, in story order. when the film is shot, you send your exposed, un-developed film to us for processing at cinelab london, so cheating is impossible!  no special lab instructions are allowed either

  4. SOUNDTRACK. your soundtrack must be 100% original - and no silent films, we've all moved on. you send us a link to download your AIF or WAV file of your completed stereo soundtrack by the sound deadline. we will simply line this up with the first frame of picture - again no special instructions allowed

  5. GUIDANCE AND HELP. you source your own camera, film, cast, crew, props, locations - and… idea.  there's no brief or theme other than: what do you want to put up on that screen? - so make the most of that freedom

  6. SCREENING. the first time any teams will see even their own films is at the premiere - no matter how or whether they come out. yes, ALL films will be shown. the good, the bad, the ugly - this is not for the faint-hearted. don’t hold it against us if we show a black film. we will show all 20 films. if you don’t like it, don’t enter. but do come! june 20th 10am breakfast, 11am on screen. cinema les arcades, cannes. each entered company receives 4 free tickets. more available here

  7. WINNING. each entered company is allowed a vote; for gold, silver and bronze places from the rest of the entrants - not voting for their own film. this must be the fairest voting system ever. prize money will be donated to the charities of choice of the gold, silver and bronze winning companies. the charity prize pot will be 10% of the net entry revenue. there will be an audience vote too, just for honour

  8. YOUR FINISHED FILM. your film is your film and you can do what you want with it. you will also be granting straight 8 license to show the film anywhere anytime under the banner of straight 8. more details about rights and copyright in films is all in the full rules that you’ll receive when you enter. we will supply you a high quality digital master with an official straight 8 slate on it - we ask you to only use this version and resist the temptation to make any tweaks, otherwise it should not be billed as a straight 8 film anymore. we do not return your original spool. if you require this, special arrangements will need to be made in advance

    more detailed rules will be supplied to successful entrants

if you agree to all the above we look forward to you entering straight 8 industry shootout by hitting the ENTER link below

and we wish you the very best of luck

straight 8


just some of the companies that have braved straight 8 shootout so far:


some of the charities who’ve been selected by winning companies for donations from the prize pot…


watch previous entries to straight 8 and straight 8 shootouts for inspiration

thanks to our partners so far in straight 8 shootout @ CANNES 2019: