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Posted 23 November 2010 - 03:08 PM

straight 8 film Competition Coming to 2011 Slamdance;
Deadline for entries is December 6

LOS ANGELES, November 23, 2010—The international Super 8 competition straight 8 and Slamdance Film Festival are collaborating to bring new, unedited Super 8 films to Park City, Utah, in January 2011. The deadline to enter is December 6.

The competition entails shooting one Kodak Super 8 film cartridge, which participants receive upon entering. Filmmakers shoot their project on this single roll, and return the cartridge, unedited and unprocessed by December 13. Soho Film Lab then processes the submissions, a straight 8/Slamdance jury judges the entries, and then screens the best of the raw story telling captured by these daring, emerging filmmakers.

“This couldn’t be a better festival for our program,” says Ed Sayers, founder of straight 8. “We are thrilled to be offering filmmakers such a brilliant opportunity in North America to have their work be seen for the first time.”

This is the first time that straight 8 will have a premiere screening in North America. Other straight 8 events take place throughout the year at Cannes, Sheffield, Rome, and London.

The screening will take place during the Slamdance Film Festival, which runs January 20-27, 2011.

Kodak is supporting straight 8 by offering entrants the choice of four Super 8 film stocks, including their latest KODAK Ektachrome 100D Color Reversal Film 7285 and KODAK VISION3 200T Color Negative Film 7213, both introduced earlier this year; KODAK VISION2 200T Color Negative Film 7217; and the black-and-white KODAK TRI-X Reversal Film 7266.

“The theme of this year's Slamdance is ‘All is Not Lost,’ which fits perfectly with the straight 8 ethos: one super 8 cartridge, no editing,” adds Sayers. “The straight 8/Slamdance jury will keep this theme in mind when selecting the films for the screening.”

“This is such a great opportunity to showcase authentic and fun independent filmmaking at its finest,” says Peter Baxter, Slamdance co-founder and president.

For more information about straight 8 or to enter their Slamdance competition, go to www.straight8.net. All films submitted for the Slamdance screening will also be eligible for straight 8 2011 as a whole, and could also be screened at the organization’s other events.

About straight 8:straight 8 began in 1999 when a bunch of friends tried to make a short film on one cartridge of Kodak Super 8 with only in-camera editing. Everyone who entered had their film shown. Now straight 8 receives submissions from all over the world and presents screenings at Cannes, on TV, as well as other international locations. For images, screeners, logos or press quotes contact Will Cummock: +44 (0) 7952 542425, helpingout@straight8.net.
(Please note: the correct way to print the name of our event: straight 8 – no capitals, one space!)

straight 8’s mission is to get the greatest possible variety of people making films and creating opportunities for their work to be seen for the first time with a huge audience.

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