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Kodak unveils Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge winners
A scene from the short film "The Novel"
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Kodak announced the Grand Prize winners of the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge , following a screening of works from the 15 semi-finalists’ films at the Slamdance Film Festival last night (1/25). Kodak launched the Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge in November 2015 as part of the company’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Super 8, a format that inspires content creators far and wide.

The Challenge immediately struck a creative chord, and over 530 films from around the world--narrative, music videos, experimental, classic surf and skate, documentaries, archival, fashion, and home movies--were submitted. The films showcase the robust depth of talent among filmmakers, both professionals and amateurs alike, as well as the diverse range of the capabilities of Super 8 as a unique storytelling tool. Filmmakers entered both vintage and new work in one of three categories: POV, Action and Flashback. From the original entries, 15 semi-finalists were chosen through online audience voting and juried selection. Those 15 semi-finalists, who earned a hosted screening at the Slamdance fest, competed again in a global online audience vote, which determined the final first, second and third place audience winners.

With prizes valued at $12,500, the Grand Prize Audience winners of Kodak’s inaugural online contest are:

    --Pablo Madrid Lopez from Spain for The Novel, receiving a 1st place prize package that consists of 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.

    --Haven Nutt from the United States for the Mr. Man trailer won with 2nd place a Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Camera, six Super 8 film kits, and a Kodak t-shirt.

    --Dianne Ouellette from Canada for Red Is Dead takes home with third place a KODAK PixPro SP360 Action Camera, three Pro8mm Super 8 film kits, and a Kodak t-shirt.

Meanwhile Renato Coelho from Brazil, who directed Train, won the Grand Jury Award, which was chosen by a panel of respected industry professionals. Judges included cinematographer Rachel Morrison; photographer Elliott Landy; writer-producer Josh Friedman; Glenn Gainor, head of physical production at Sony Screen Gems; Leslie Raymond, executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and Pro8mm founders Phil and Rhonda Vigeant. Coelho earns an identical prize package as the first place Grand Prize Audience winner.

“Jurying the Super 8 Challenge allowed me to reconnect with the medium and see the variety of creative exploration,” said Raymond, who led the jury. “I am excited to see it persisting as a member of the film family.”

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, Kodak announced an initiative to support Super 8 film into the future. The company introduced a prototype of a new Super 8 camera, and revealed plans for creating an ecosystem that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more.

“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. “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.”

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Judges of the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge offered the following observations:

“Super 8 is a magical medium because it’s small and manageable enough to be used and mastered by one person without any other’s help or collaboration,” said Landy. “It is a medium of expression, capable of great poetic communication, which allows anyone the opportunity to follow their artistic and poetic vision.”

“There is something tactile about film that is inherently humane,” said Morrison. “I can’t think of anything more fitting for a medium whose currency is channeling emotion into imagery.”

“There’s a looseness and a spontaneity inspired by the ease of the film—Super 8 wants to be shot,” said Friedman. “But it also has a treasured quality to it, as if you came across something valuable you thought you’d lost. It’s irreplaceable.”

“I enjoyed watching creative short stories told throughout the world collected for Kodak’s Super 8 Challenge,” said Gainor. “Each short film was unique and special in their own way. I was impressed with the medium and styles employed by each filmmaker and enjoyed the look of the Super 8 film.”

“For 50 years the Super 8 film format has been the gateway for filmmakers to learn the fundamentals of cinematography, and holds the greatest potential for teaching the next generation of filmmakers about shooting on real film,” said Rhonda Vigeant. “The future for Super 8 is bright as a viable cinematic option.”

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