Winners of Colorlab summer shorts competition to screen at AFI Silver

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Have you always dreamed of screening your film at the AFI Silver Theatre?

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.

The festival will select two grand prize winners, one in the “color narrative” category and another in the “black-and-white narrative” category. Applicants can only submit to one.

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

In addition to the screening, filmmakers will have their movies printed onto 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 the entry form.

Jason Fraley

Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.

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