As promised, the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge came to a close last night as 15 semi-finalists had their movies screened at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Kodak launched the international filmmaking competition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Super 8 film, and called on filmmakers to submit short films shot on Super 8, ranging between 15 seconds and five minutes.
According to Kodak, over 530 films from around the world were submitted, ranging from short narratives to music videos, classic surf and skate footage, documentaries, home movies and more. From the original entries, 15 semi-finalists were chosen through online audience voting and juried selection, after which those 15 projects were put through a global online audience vote to determine the final first, second and third place audience winners.
“Kodak is resolute in our efforts to ensure film continues to be an option for filmmakers passionate about using it for all levels of content creation,” said Sascha Rice, Global Marketing Director for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division, in an official statement. “The response to this contest and to the new Super 8 camera has been overwhelmingly positive, and the momentum to shoot on film is palpable. Kodak is honored to be here to support and advance these artists’ creativity.”
Boasting prizes valued at $12,500, the Grand Prize Audience winners of Kodak’s inaugural online contest are:
1. Pablo Madrid Lopez, “The Novel” (Spain)
2. Haven Nutt, “Mr. Man” trailer (United States)
3. Dianne Ouellette, “Red is Dead” (Canda)
The Grand Jury Prize went to Brazil’s Renato Coelho for “The Train.” This award was chosen by a panel of respected industry professionals., including cinematographer Rachel Morrison, photographer Elliott Landy, writer-producer Josh Friedman. Sony Screen Gems head Glenn Gainor, Ann Arbor Film Festival executive director Leslie Raymond, and Pro8mm founders Phil and Rhonda Vigeant.
Coelho earned an identical prize package as the first place Grand Prize Audience winner. The items included are a Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Camera, a Rhonda CAM Super 8 Camera from Pro8mm, 10 Pro8mm Super 8 film kits, approximately $2,000 retail value of Kodak motion picture film of the winner’s choosing and a Kodak t-shirt.