Winners of Colorlab Summer Shorts Competition to Screen at AFI Silver

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Have you always dreamed of your independent film screening at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland?

That’s the prize if you win Colorlab’s annual film contest Summer Shorts.

The Rockville film lab is accepting submissions until midnight Saturday night.

This year, the festival will have two grand prize winners, one in the “color narrative” category and another in the “black-and-white narrative” category. Applicants may only submit to one category.

The winning films will screen in 35mm film for a live audience at the AFI Silver on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

In addition to the screening, filmmakers will have their movies printed onto Kodak polyester film stocks, effectively preserving them forever. Sponsored by Kodak, the winning package includes a 35mm film-out preservation negative, a 35mm soundtrack and a 35mm answer print.

Entry is free of charge, but submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Originate on minimum 4K resolution video, 35mm film, or Super-16mm film.
  • Be provided at minimum 4K resolution.
  • Be no longer than 20 minutes in length.
  • Be submitted before July 22 at 11:59 PM EST.

Digital submissions are accepted via Vimeo, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Aspera, YouTube or Google Drive. Screener links should be emailed along with the entry form to

Now in its 45th year of business, Colorlab is a full-service film preservation lab specializing in 16mm and 35mm processing, printing, scanning, preservation and digital intermediates.

Click here for more contest rules and the entry form.

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