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Next edition of global Super 8 film challenge premieres at FOCUS 2022 on 7th December - and your film could feature!

straight 8 – the global one-super-8-cartridge-no-editing film challenge – announces that its next ‘shootout’: a chance for creative companies worldwide to compete for charity with a new super 8 short film, made entirely in-camera, will premiere at FOCUS 2022, London, Wednesday December 7th.

Everyone who registers for a FREE delegate badge will be able to watch the screenings and awards ceremony. REGISTER HERE.

Only 20 companies can enter and screen their new 2.5-minute short films at this global premiere. Read on, and act asap if you want to take part.

"The shootout is a unique way to showcase your company’s raw creative talent.”

Any kind of creative company is invited to rise to the straight 8 shootout challenge: to make a maximum 2.5-minute short film created entirely in-camera on just one cartridge of super 8mm film. Every shot is taken in story order, with no opportunity for re-takes or editing. Any visual effects, colouring and titling must be done the old-fashioned way: as part of the shoot, with the camera. Super 8 doesn’t record sound, so soundtracks are made ‘blind’ and must be original. Entered companies must get their exposed cartridge to London by 21 November.

Gold, silver and bronze winners are voted for right after the premiere, and announced at an APA hosted session later that morning, with the winning companies getting to donate prize money to the charities they choose. Any creative company with the bravado required is welcome. Entries are limited to 20 companies and it’s strictly first come, first served. Register and find all entry details at

Clara Le, Commercial Director, FOCUS & The Location Guide said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with straight 8 again. The straight 8 shootout premiere is a unique way to showcase your company’s raw creative talent, so it’s a perfect match for FOCUS, the meeting place for the international production community.”

"Straight 8 is the most fun filmmaking competition out there." said Steve Davies, Chief Executive, APA London. "The same film length - 2 min 30 seconds - and rules for all, in what is the ultimate creative challenge. Enter to become part of a great creative community.”

To watch the screenings and awards ceremony, register for a free delegate badge at, giving access to the whole FOCUS programme.

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