Celebrating film photography

Roll Film Week happens twice each year, in January and July. It’s a chance for film photographers around the world to share 35mm and medium format photos online.

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Sign up to receive our newsletter. We’ll send a few updates before Roll Film Week begins so you won’t miss anything. We’ll also send highlights during each biannual celebration and a recap email after the week ends.

Join the #rollfilmweek community

Subscribe to the newsletter and follow @rollfilmweek on Instagram for additional updates and curated spotlights. We also have a Flickr group.

How to participate

Here’s what you need to know about joining the celebration.

Step 1. Mark your calendar

In 2019, Roll Film Week will be held January 21-25 and July 22-26.

Step 2. Prepare and share

You can get more out of Roll Film Week if you do a few things in advance.

  • Shoot, develop, and scan your photos. You can post recent work or vintage photos, as long as they’re made with 35mm or medium format film. More details about the “rules” below.

  • Invite other film photographers. More photographers make Roll Film Week more fun. Tell your friends to follow on Instagram, join the Flickr group, and sign up for the email newsletter.

  • Watch Instagram for updates. We’ll share any last-minute information via @rollfilmweek on Instagram, and we’ll also send reminders via email.

Step 3. Post and connect

Start publishing your photos on the specified dates. A few guidelines:

  • DO post 35mm and medium format images. (More obscure types of roll film are also fine.) Please consider providing camera and film information in your captions.

  • DO NOT post large format (sheet film) photos, instant film photos, or digital photos. (We love apps like VSCO, too, but digital simulation of film doesn’t count; Roll Film Week is exclusively for analog photography.)

  • DO share images that haven’t been posted on Instagram or Flickr before. They don’t have to be recent; feel free to scan vintage photos or past work.

  • DO participate on Instagram and/or Flickr — you don’t have to post your photos both places, but it’s more fun that way.

  • On Instagram, use the #RollFilmWeek hashtag — that’s the tag we’ll check when we curate daily features. There’s no limit on the number of photos you can post, but we recommend only two or three images per day.

  • On Flickr, add your photos to the Roll Film Week group. You can only post two photos per day here. This group is modeled after Polaroid Week and the rules are similar. Please review the guidelines on the bottom of the group page on Flickr.

  • Discover, follow, and support other photographers. The purpose of this week is to celebrate film and connect with other people who love film photography. Please take time to browse the Instagram hashtag and/or Flickr pool and get to know other members of the community.

Questions? Comments? Get in touch.

If you reply to any issue of the email newsletter or send a direct message to RFW on Instagram, you’ll reach me — Jessica Hibbard. I started Roll Film Week in 2017 with a group of friends and fellow photographers.

Roll Film Week is a group effort. Rachel James designed the logo, curates some of the Instagram features, and helps keep Roll Film Week rolling. James Dickerson is curating Instagram features, too. Meredith Wilson, Jenna Gersbach-King, Ina Echternach, Jes Lee, Hilary Clarke, and Anne Bowerman help us run the Flickr group. Many others support and promote this community. Thank you for celebrating with us!