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our annual competition to screen at cannes film festival and more

straight 8 2019 - highlights

our 2019 cannes and london premieres have happened - they were stellar!

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

120 films were made for 2019 and sent from all over the world for us to process and scan at cinelab london

our jury selected the 8 for cannes. the films that screened in cannes and those screened in london are listed below. congrats to all. find out more about the films and the filmmakers that made the 2019 cannes selection of 8 on our behind-the-scenes page here

now you can watch the best films from straight 8 2019 and 2018 on your own screen. doing so will guarantee you entertainment and inspiration - plus go a little way to paying off our vimeo pro account fee…

the straight 8 2019 cannes film festival selection

these are the 8 films that hit the screen for the first time at cannes film festival - 8.30pm - may 20th - cinema olympia, cannes

an inorganic love story - lizzy mansfield

autonomat - anne fidler and declan hurley

babli - aneel ahmad

horse play - hansel rodrigues

memoirs of a geeza - theo james krekis

nature hunter - roger batteault

rumours - ollie birt

the honey bee - conor o'hagan, will skelton, archie blue

////// find out more about the films and the filmmakers that made the cannes selection of 8 on our behind-the-scenes page here //////

the straight 8 2019 london selection

the 25 films that will screen at regent street cinema - 5.30pm - may 26th - london include the 8 above from cannes, and these 17 which will not have been seen even by their makers

a kiss (is just a kiss) - georgia williams

blue murder - alex sultoon the thing with feathers - jeneffa soldatic

letter to anne - bensdorfer kreis

new hat - james ruse

pink yoga mat - rose hendry

repent - candice nachman

switch - desiree faust & stefana brancastle

the immortality of the crab - giacomo manzotti

the perception of time - casey hennessy

there can only be one - max r lincoln

venus - rachel ramsay

walnuts - jere kittle

welcome home - nick kovacic

what a cab - jake kuhn

where is my friend - tian chen, emilio muniz martinez, nick nason

wine comes in at the mouth - wilex

massive congratulations to everyone involved in straight 8 2019 - we’re as blown away as ever by the effort, energy and ingenuity that came back. so many of your films are worth screening with an audience. if you weren’t lucky enough to be selected, you should try and make your own premiere as special as possible.

a big thank you from us for your part in making 2019 - our 20th anniversary year - another gr8 vintage! we hope to see many of you coming back again to help kick off our next 20 years…

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below is archived from launch: (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)

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…

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 //

the above is archived from 2019 entry. 2020 will open soon - don’t miss out.

find out more about straight 8 2018 here

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


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