straight 8

one super 8 cartridge
no editing


straight 8 is the global one-super-8-cartridge-no-editing short film competition founded in london in 1999

the challenge:

make a short film on one cartridge of super 8mm cine film with no editing, no re-takes, no grade, no post-production

the visuals for your film are completed in-camera, shooting in story order, editing only with each pull of the camera's trigger. every shot you take becomes your film

the film does not record sound so you then submit a separate, original soundtrack, still without having seen your film

we get your film processed at the lab and we line up your soundtrack to the first frame of picture

and the first time you see even your own film will be together with the audience at one of our packed premieres, like the one we hold at cannes film festival, if it's good enough

there is now another straight 8 format for creative companies to compete at straight 8 for charity. the rules are similar, but different. check out shootout for more info about it and also our faq page

explore the site to see some great straight 8 films, find out more about who enters, how the films are made, our gr8 partners and jury members

we hope you like what you find

straight 8 is open to anyone anywhere... if you have a straight 8 in you, we want to see it

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