Super 8 Youth Film Challenge

Welcome to the 2021 Super 8: 1 Day/1 Roll Super 8 Youth Challenge. Our workshops and challenge have been adapted this year to offer participants a hybrid format of online instruction plus hands-on experience. This program will be offered in July 2021 to local youth in the following communities: Slocan Valley: July 6-8, Nelson & area: July 7-9 Trail & area: July 14-16.

Find out more about why you should shoot Super 8 film over on our blog.


Delivered in a Covid-safe manner, Jason Asbell (Filmmaker/Programming Director for The Civic Theatre) will team up with a youth mentor, to be online teaching guides through the wonderful world of shooting analogue Super 8 film. Following the online workshop, each participant will be provided a Super 8 camera and one 50' roll of black-and-white film (3.5 mins run time), to create an in-camera edited, silent black-and-white film over the course of 24-hours. 

In staggered slots in a well-distanced outdoor work area, student filmmakers will learn how to make a safe homemade film processor, "Caffenol-C", from instant coffee, vitamin C powder and washing soda. Each participant will then hand process their own Super 8 films.

All the final films will be transferred to digital format for an online public screening, to be seen for the first time by audience and filmmaker alike. The Civic Theatre also plans to play these films at various outdoor screenings.

Find out more about how the 2021 Super 8 Youth Film Challenge will unfold over on our blog. If you're ready to take it on, then we'd love to hear from you!

Register your Interest!

Fill out our online form so we can get in touch.

Please note: workshop capacity is limited and final approvals of participants will be at the discretion of Civic Theatre programming staff.


Youth Participants


North American Locations


Youth Super 8 Videos produced in 2020

Special thanks to our partners

Government of BC Logo
Government of British Columbia
Lighter Cyde Film Lab logo
LighterCyde Film Lab
Lions Club International logo
Lions Club, Nelson BC
Kamloops Film Society logo
Kamloops Film Society
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California Film Institute