One Take Super 8 Event

The One Take Super 8 Event (OTS8) began in 2000, with 20 filmmakers each shooting a single reel of Super 8 film, which then premiered to an audience without the filmmakers seeing their work beforehand. All the films were shown as shot. No cuts. No splices. The popularity of this non-competitive festival has allowed it to return each year with more filmmakers participating. To date over 1000 films have been created for over 50 One Take Super 8 Events across North America!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Saskatoon Poster

Films are in cameras, and we are excited to have them return to Saskatoon and Regina filled with great images to share at our upcoming events on June 8 and 9th.

We're also very pleased to launch our new poster design by Dandelion design (who helped us last year with our programs, and this year added pro-design skills to these one of a kind posters).

We'll be screen printing them in the next week, and then you'll see these one of a kind creations hanging up around town.

Also, in the exciting news department, we have a record number of submissions from both Saskatoon and Regina this year, with both cities breaking the 25 filmmaker benchmark (we could have said no, we're full, but that would be crazy, when there are willing filmmakers!)

So, we'll be premiering over 50 brand new films in Regina and Saskatoon, which is a record for us. To put that in perspective, 2700 feet of film will go through cameras in the course of a few weeks.
That's over half a mile of film spliced end to end...
or seven and a half football fields.

In short, that's a lot of super 8.

While, we're awaiting those films to get shot and processed a shout out to Montreal who will be screening their newest films on May 24 at La Salla Rosa at their 6th annual OTS8.

May 24, 2016 at The Sala Rossa
Doors at 8pm, Projections at 8:30pm
$8 at the door

The participants include:

Albérick ⋅ Anne Koizumi ⋅ Annie Hunting ⋅ Charlotte Clermont + Alain Lefebvre ⋅ Claire Sanford ⋅ Claudie Lévesque ⋅ Damaris Baker ⋅ Darcie DeAngelo + Brodie Noga ⋅ Emma Roufs ⋅ Emmanuel Martin-Jean + Conrad Jean ⋅ Gabriel Fizer ⋅ Guillaume Vallée + Sarah Seene ⋅ Hannah Fleet ⋅ Hugo Rodas ⋅ Jason Auger ⋅ José Garcia-Lozano ⋅ Jean-Michel Berlinguet ⋅ Jérôme Bretéché ⋅ Ariel Desbiens ⋅ Léa Marinova ⋅ Le Trou Noir ⋅ Marjorie Lemay ⋅ Matthew Wolkow ⋅ Marianne Ploska ⋅ Nour Ouayda ⋅ Philippe Leonard ⋅ Sonya Mladenova ⋅ Stéphanie Leest ⋅ Steven Woloshen + Alexandra Grimanis.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Saskatchewan.... load your cameras!

After all the excitement out of Montreal, Syracuse and Vancouver, we are very please to announce that we have confirmed the dates for Saskatchewan's 2016 One Take Super 8 Events in Saskatoon and Regina.

We are very pleased to continue our partnerships with the Roxy Theatre and Regina Public Library Theatre who will host the premieres of 50 new films by Saskatchewan filmmakers.

Entry forms and film pick up will be at PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and The Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina, and I'll post them here early next week for those looking to sign up.

The Saskatoon event will screen 25 new films Wednesday June 8 at the Roxy Theatre
Regina will screen their 25 new films Thursday June 9th at the Regina Public Library Theatre.

Entry, as always, is first come, first in.
$40 for b/w reversal
$50 for colour
$25 if you provide your own reversal stock.

Please email if you have any questions or want to sign up.

The events are limited to Saskatchewan residents only.

Monday, March 21, 2016


Syracuse hosted their 9th OTS8 over the weekend and premiered a new swatch of films from the 29 submissions. The Daily Orange provided a great article about the event and interviews with its participants. I love the irony that the headline says 'videographers produce a film'. too funny, it used to be the opposite problem of 'filmmakers making videos'.

A big congratulations to Jason and Briana Kohlbrenner on staging another fantastic event and their commitment to providing an opportunity to first time filmmakers to create new work and share it locally.

Meanwhile, both Montreal and Vancouver filmmakers have picked up their cartridges and are in the middle of production on their various one take projects. Looking forward to seeing how they turn out, with some really experienced filmmakers taking part in both cities.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Go West!

We are thrilled to announce another piece of exciting news this week (what could top an OTS8 win at Slamdance?!)

Well if you're in Vancouver and surrounding area (come on Burnaby, you know you want to), you'll be thrilled to know that you'll now have a chance to take part in your very own One Take Super 8 Event thanks to our friends at the Iris Film Collective.

They are launching their call for submissions February 1st, and it's the same format everyone has come to love (which is why this OTS8 has spread across the continent). Anyone can enter, there's no theme, no cuts, no splices, and everything that's submitted will be screened on its original format.

How exciting is that?

We've been fans of Alex Mackenzie's celluloid commitment for a long time, and visiting his Blinding Light cinema (what feels like forever ago), was an inspiration for the OTS8 getting started in Regina back in 2000 at the antechamber.

So, if you're in the city of glass and feel like being part of something special to kickstart your year, get ready to sign up Monday morning.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Saskatchewan's Super 8 Superstar!

Way to go Dianne!!!! (and everyone who voted for her!!)

Dianne placed 3rd in audience votes out of the 15 films selected to screen at the Slamdance Kodak showcase.

This is a great success for a One Take Super 8 Event film and a testament to the quality of films that emerge from our events across North America.

Dianne travelled to Slamdance for the screening and to accept her prize. We're hoping to get a bit of a festival journal entry from her to post on our blog soon.

We're also pleased to announce that we're on the verge of announcing our dates for the 2016 One Take Super 8 Event in Regina and Saskatoon thanks to the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Great news from a past One Take Super 8 Event participant:

Dianne Ouellette's film Red is Dead (originally called Dog Tales), screened silent at the One Take Super 8 Event in Regina in 2013. A year later she finished the film with a soundtrack (and the new title).

Kodak celebrated 50 years of super 8 in 2015, and Dianne submitted her film as part of Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge. The film has made it to the finals of the online contest through the Audience Choice Awards.  There were over 500 entries from around the world and people could vote for the films that they liked.   

Red is Dead came in second in the Flashback category, therefore in the final 15 films that have been invited to screen at the Slamdance Film Festival at a special Kodak screening. Out of the top 15 films Dianne needs to be voted into the top 3 to win a cool camera and some super 8 film kits. Dianne is going to attend the screening at the Slamdance Film Festival which takes place on January 25.  

Red is Dead is the only Canadian in the top 15 super 8 films as well.

You can check out the embedded video below (or click here for a HD version).

Voting starts January 19 and you can vote every day up until the screening on January 25th. So, that's 7 votes per person.

Here is the link where you will be able to start voting on January 19th


Please vote for Dianne (and OTS8 Filmmaking!!) and spread the word.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Welcome back Kodak

Happy 2016 everyone!

It's been a busy end of year in 2015.

Florida had another successful 1:1 film Festival, you can check out pics and the list of participants here.

Our pals in Syracuse have been shooting their films for the past few months, and only have a few days left to turn in their cartridges.

And we're starting the new year with Kodak making an announcement at the CES that they are reinvesting in super 8 and producing a new camera for release this year.

While this is good news for enthusiasts of the format, Kodak better make a really good camera for $400-$750 if they want people to pick up celluloid.  There are still plenty of really good operational super 8 cameras that people have been using since the late 70's that are far more affordable to buy used. Additionally, the expense of processing stated at $50-$75 is far beyond current lab fees (if they are not including the cost of the unexposed cartridge).

So, we'll be keeping an eye on future announcements, and with cautious optimism we hope this does make super 8 filmmaking more accessible for years to come.

In the meantime, a shout out to all of our followers, filmmakers, labs and supporters that have kept super 8 alive, since we started this One Take Super8 adventure at the turn of the millenium.

Stay tuned for more good news as we ramp up for 2016 !