David Knight - 24th Feb 2009

The deadline for entries for this year's straight 8 - the annual Super 8mm film challenge organised by Ed Sayers - is now in less than one month's time.

straight 8 is the film competition where entrants make a film on a single cartridge of Super 8mm film, then deliver the cartridge before it is even processed, let alone edited. But there are no other creative restrictions.

Deadline for entering a film to straight 8 2009 is Monday March 23rd - and the deadline to deliver an original soundtrack for your film is a week later, on March 30th.

This year straight 8 is offering negative filmstocks too - Kodak's 200T and 500T - the same film stock used on commercials and features. Entry details for this year's event can be found here.

Once again, Rushes Post Production is supporting straight 8 through a programme of screenings and events in the UK and beyond, getting behind the seventh annual straight 8 'crème de la cannes' premieres at Cannes Film Festival in May, the premiere of the best from adland at the Cannes Advertising Festival in June, and hosting the London premieres of the best entries at Rushes Soho Shorts festival in July.

Rushes will also be creating transfers of each roll of film to digital for safety and further distribution, and again producing the annual compilation of straight 8 films on DVD. "Rushes is full of passionate, creative people and they also love putting effort into getting people film-making," says straight 8's Ed Sayers, "They have always supported straight 8 and we love that a post house supports an event with no post, where your rushes are also your final edit."

"We've worked closely to support straight 8 through screenings, events and spreading the word and this year we wanted to do more - watch this space for more news."

The deadline for entries is April 23rd. Soho Shorts is free to enter, with shortlisted films announced in early June. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Rushes Soho Shorts website.

David Knight - 24th Feb 2009

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