straight 8

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our annual competition to screen at cannes film festival and more

straight 8 2019

all 150 places sold out in 2 months - join our mailing list or follow our socials to hear about our upcoming competitions

120 films were delivered from all over the world

they have all been processed and scanned at cinelab london

our jury is now deliberating over the final selection and announcements will be made by the end of april 26th



the best 8 straight 8’s of 2019 will be premiere at our 14th cannes film festival premiere, at cinema olympia, cannes. may 20th. 8.30pm

those 8 and around 16 other straight 8 2019 masterpieces will premiere at the regent street cinema, london. may 26th. 5:30pm

before that we will screen the cannes 8 from 2016, 2017, 2018 at the regent street cinema, london. may 26th. 2:30pm



cannes is un-ticketed. get there early to avoid disappointment. a festival pass is required unless you’re a featured filmmaker and you will be contacted about this

tickets for either or both london screenings above on may 26th, above, are available on the regent street cinema website or click the direct links below:

tickets for the straight 8 2019 london premieres

tickets for the cannes selections from 2016, 2017, 2018

book early to avoid disappointment. only one complimentary ticket is able to be allocated to each film being screened


20 year celebration party:

on may 26th in london, 2 days less than 2 years since the first ever straight 8 premiere in 1999, there will be a party for ticket holders only, at a venue near the cinema. details to follow

sunday night is the new friday night

ink it in the diary


can’t wait for all that? watch the best films of straight 8 2018 here - doing so will guarantee your entertainment and inspriation and go a little way to paying off our vimeo pro account fee

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the 20th year of straight 8, opened on december 8th 2018 and sold out on feb 8th

in spring of 1999. 22 people made films on one cartridge of super 8 each and gathered to see them for the first time together, in a 200 seat cinema in london's west end. straight 8 was born. every film was shown no matter how it came out

20 years later our annual competition is still growing. this is the one where, for the 14th year, there's a good chance of your film screening at the cannes film festival. we and our esteemed jury will select 8 films to premiere there in may 2019. we can’t show every film anymore but we show a pretty good proportion compared to most competitions and film festivals

for those wondering more about how it all worked this year (maybe you want to do it next year), read on…

(NB - see above. this event is sold out - the below info is for interest only. if you’re interested in our other (shootout) competition for creative companies to compete at straight 8 for charity - please see shootout)

straight 8 2019 topline entry details archived:

  • enter on this site only, from december 8th 2018 at 8pm london time

  • there’s a maximum of 150 places and it's first come, first served. the first 30 places are at a reduced price, so get in quick. there’s a small chance that more places may be released, but no guarantee

  • once entered we'll email you a unique entry number to include visually in the first three seconds of your film - this is how we know everyone made their film this time round

  • you source your own cartridge of colour negative super 8 film yourself - see our growing list of film outlets - no black and white, no reversal

  • you shoot your film on that one cartridge. it doesn't record sound. we scan at 18fps so you have 3 minutes 20 seconds to make your cinematic mark. you can make it shorter, but not longer

  • you send the cartridge back to us in london by the film delivery deadline - 18th march 2019

  • you send us your original soundtrack digitally by the sound delivery deadline, with your submission form - 31st march 2019

  • we get your film processed and scanned at cinelab london who will also be busy on major motion pictures

  • we line up your soundtrack to your film's first frame of picture (we don't grade or edit or anything your film)

  • we watch the films and shortlist

  • our jury will select the 8 for cannes

  • we announce which films made it to cannes, london or any other premieres - see dates

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

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

there is no theme - you make the film you want to make…'s pure, it's raw. it's scary, it's legendary, it’s the 20th year... so join in

/// see testimonials /// see frequently asked questions ///

we hope to see you in cannes or somewhere else, with your film lighting up the night

straight 8 2019 entry fee: £120* - uk, europe or worldwide incl vat ; with first 30 spots at the reduced fee of £88.88

*to give straight 8 a fair shot at having another 20 years, the price has to go up. the first 30 places for 2019 are at the 2018 price of £88.88

entry includes: 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 completed, even for un-selected films // one free ticket for every official screening your film is shown at //

entry excludes: film // 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 for collection // camera // cost of having a superb idea and executing it brilliantly //


!! straight 8 2019 has now sold out !!

sorry if you were looking to grab a place - they’re all gone as of feb 8th

but we have plenty of screenings and other events coming up, so make sure to join our mailing-list and follow our socials to ensure you don’t miss out!


check out the 150 brave souls who ARE straight 8 2019:


let's do this

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