straight 8

one super 8 cartridge
no editing


when you enter straight 8 you'll need to confirm you've read and agreed to the rules below

(this is not like an app's t's & c's - you do actually need to read these)


straight 8 2018 rules

the film...

you need to supply your own super 8mm film cartridge - you can use any type of colour negative film. we are unable to accept entries on reversal film. the film should be new or in good condition with no damage to the cartridge or the lab may not process it due to the risk of contaminating the bath

if you are unsure of where to buy film, check out our list of film outlets or hit google

we will email you artwork that includes your unique entry number. you then need to print it and cut out the artwork and stick it on your super 8 cartridge and then use that cartridge only

the first shot of your film, for a minimum of 3 seconds, needs to clearly show your entry number.  how you show that number in your film is up to you, so long as we can see it clearly when we see your film. check out some examples below.

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we also recommend strongly that your film includes its title, visually. this can be at the start and combined with the entry number, but equally the title can come wherever you want it

everything about your film can only be made in-camera on that one cartridge. for the main competition,  its maximum length is +/- 3 minutes 20 seconds (we project/transfer only at 18 frames per second)*.  you can make a shorter film but it's impossible for it to be longer

*  for industry shootout @ ADFEST, shoot your film at 24fps, it will have a duration of 2min30s. we will be projecting at 24fps, so if you shoot at 18fps your film will be sped up by one-third

make sure you understand how to use your chosen super 8 film with your camera, particularly its 'asa' rating - not all cameras recognise all asa ratings - if in doubt ask someone who knows... and if you don't know anyone then try here

you then send your exposed - undeveloped - cartridge to us in london by the film delivery deadline - see dates

an address label is included for you on the artwork we send you along with a further sticker 'no commercial value / for cultural purposes only'.  you must stick these on your package.  write the same phrase on any customs form.  we cannot afford to pay import duty on your multi-million dollar epic. though we’d love to see it. seriously, please take extra care over this, you will be liable for any import duty

if sending from outside of the uk please do not use fedex, they send us customs bills even when filmmakers have declared no commercial value on their packages

do not include any lab instructions (no push / pull or cross-processing for straight 8, sorry)

you're responsible for choosing suitable packaging and methods of getting it there

if your film arrives by the standard delivery deadline there is no extra charge

if your film arrives after the standard delivery deadline, there will be an extra charge of £15 payable direct to the laboratory

if your film arrives after the late delivery deadline, your film will not be processed and collection will be your responsibility

we will not be returning films this year, though everyone will receive a prores hq digital version of their film, with its sound included (this will be your film as scanned at 18fps now as a 25fps video file - the length will still be the same!)

if you require your spool back you can request this by special arrangement before end of june 2017. there will be an additional fee payable of £15 direct to the lab to prep the film. they will splice it out of the lab roll, spool it onto a 16mm core and seal it into a film can.  the film will be available for you to collect in person or by courier up until nov 1st. the lab will not ship or mail films themselves

all original film will be disposed of nov 1st 2018

in the unlikely event that your film becomes lost or damaged whilst in our care, we will only be able to refund your entry fee. we will not be able to refund your production costs: the star talent, thousands of extras, catering, eight trashed skodas and so on

the sound...

your film must have a soundtrack.  no silent films, we've all moved on

your soundtrack will have been made 'blind' as you won't have seen your film when you submit it

the copyright paragraph in our film submission form is the law.  read this and consider it very carefully at concept stage.  you will not be able to license any famous tracks or anything you can't get our specific rights agreed on -see the copyright paragraph.  we check all music rigorously

we will synch your soundtrack to the first frame of your film - so imagine your film's sound starts when you pull the trigger the first time

we can't accept special instructions regarding sound playback (so, for example,  if you want the first 5 seconds to be silent, include 5 seconds of silence at the start of your soundtrack)

your soundtrack must not be any longer than your film.  make the soundtrack end the way you want it to at 3'20" exactly.  or less if your film is shorter.  a couple of seconds over is ok if you feel there’s good reason for it to fade off or finale after the end of picture - but please, no longer that 3'25"/3'30" tops!

make sure you’re happy with the levels: that they’re balanced throughout and at a good overall level - it's a shame to hurt the audience's eardrums and will affect judging too

when your soundtrack is complete, create a WAV file with your entry number as the filename.  for example: 2016013.wav

send us your soundtrack via a link (wetransfer, dropbox etc) emailed to by the sound delivery deadline - see dates
submission form...

you must fill out the submission form as soon as you send or drop off your film

this online form is legally binding and by sending it you're committing your entry

you also need to read it carefully before accepting these rules when you enter.  if you don't agree with any part of it, please do not enter straight 8

if something changes during production and your production does not comply, your entry will not be accepted but cannot be refunded either


you are responsible not just for the safety of yourself and your team during recce’ing, rehearsing, filming and recording and all aspects of production but also that of the general public.  please be safe and put safety above everything else.  straight 8 cannot be held responsible for your production in any way
selection and screenings...

we will choose which films to show where and our decision is final. simply entering a film does not mean definitely getting it shown anywhere

films we select to show at various events will be kept totally under wraps ready for their premieres.  no-one, not even the filmmakers, sees their films before their premiere

we’d love to see you at the screenings but transportation and accommodation is down to you. we will get you one free ticket if your film is showing but can't cover festival access etc though we do try and make things smooth for you where we can
the all important copyright para...

this is on the submission form and you must stick to it:

“as the director and producer submitting the above straight 8 film, i confirm that i own all the rights to the film and can show it anywhere i want to after its first straight 8 public showing if it is selected.
i grant straight 8 productions non-exclusive rights to show the above straight 8 film, if they choose to do so, anywhere on any format at any time in the future under the banner of straight 8 including but not limited to the following: straight 8 events, straight 8 screenings at other events, straight 8 website or podcasts, straight 8 showtapes, straight 8 branded dvds, straight 8 feature films, straight 8 tv programmes or features within other tv programmes, straight 8 'channels' within other websites, podcasts and the like.
i warrant that i am entitled to assign these rights for all contributors to and all elements of my film.  i and all actors and crew appearing in or involved in the making of my film have completely released all rights to me for use with the film wherever and whenever it is shown and as detailed here.
all composers and performers (and publishers if relevant) of any part of the film’s soundtrack have completely released all rights to me for unlimited use with the film wherever and whenever it is shown and as detailed above.”
--- by entering straight 8 2018 you agree to all of the rules above ---