Have a hankering to shoot on Super 8, or have some great footage already shot waiting to be turned into a compelling short story?
Then check out the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge, hosted by the Audience Awards, to incentivize you with some $12,500 dollars worth of prizes and a chance to screen your short at Slamdance!
For those of you who've had the chance to shoot film in the days of yore or even post-digital-revolution, the sight of those lovely yellow Kodak boxes of film are left indelibly on the brain. If you haven't had a chance to shoot Super 8mm in particular, now is as great a time as any. Not only can you read this fantastic primer on everything you need to know about shooting Super 8 that Alex Mallis created for No Film School, but you have until December 21, 2015 to get your finished short film (under five minutes) entered in the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge.
A minimum of 50% of your film must be shot on film, and there are three categories that you can enter, described by the Audience Awards as follows:
Dust off the home movies, dig up the documentaries, and pull those archival gems out of the vault. What’s old is new. Today’s home movie becomes tomorrow’s history. So let’s dive into wedding bliss, birthday bashes, and share those Super 8 KODAK Moments. The Flashback category is open to all forms of documentary: personal, political, anthropological, dogmatic, feline, revolutionary, spiritual, neutral, and slay us with those adorable pets on film!
Look back, look forward, and look again. Your unique point of view (POV) finally can be showcased. Let’s journey through a myriad of styles, genres, and inventive uses of Super 8. The POV category includes, but is not limited to narrative, music videos, experimental, Avant Garde, outrageous, silly, scary, serious, or sad. Calling all auteurs, artists, and storytellers!
Bust out the best reels of your buddies catching waves, surfing concrete, and hitting gnarly jumps and tracks. Epic fails, flips, fire, tricks, twists, broken wings, extreme next level movements popping into motion on celluloid. The ACTION category includes, but is not limited to surfing, skateboarding, ski, motorcross, bmx’n, dirt biking, classic cars…bring it!
And as for prizes, fifteen semifinalists will get film kits and screen at Slamdance, with the top winners getting cameras to boot. From the Audience Awards:
Find out all the details on this free-to-enter challenge here. Time to wind up those old hand crank cameras you've got in the closet. If you end up entering, feel free to link to your video in the comments so the community can check it out and potentially vote for you!