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Are you ready for #RollFilmWeek tomorrow?

The Roll Film Week community has grown from its humble beginnings in 2017. The people receiving this newsletter live in 14 countries, across five continents. And right now, at this very moment, film photographers around the world are gearing up for the first Roll Film Week of 2019! We’re just hours away from the official start …

#RollFilmWeek runs from Monday, January 21 through Friday, January 25.

In case you missed last week’s email, you can learn more about Roll Film Week on our About page. That’s where you find guidelines and more information about how to participate. Some last-minute reminders of how things work:

On Instagram

Near the end of each day, we’ll select some photos to feature on the @rollfilmweek account. Be sure to use the #rollfilmweek hashtag on your photos — that’s where we look for images to spotlight. (It’s fine if you tag us or mention us in your comments, but our notifications are overwhelming during Roll Film Week, so we only use the official hashtag when we’re curating daily features.) There’s no limit on the number of photos you can post, but we recommend two or three 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. You’re the curator on Flickr — each day, we’ll post a new discussion and ask you to share your favorites. The pool will open at 12:01 a.m. EDT (9:01 p.m. PDT, 5:01 a.m. BST).

Via email

We’ll send another email in the middle of the week to share updates and features, then another email next weekend to wrap up. (If someone forwarded you this message or you’re reading the online archives, sign up to receive free RFW emails in your inbox.)


Pro tip: Focus on sharing and connecting

You’re welcome to shoot as much film as you like during Roll Film Week, but that’s not a formal part of the festivities. (We noticed a post on Instagram that asked people to shoot and process a roll each day during the week. That is NOT something we would ask anyone to do.)

In addition to sharing your own work, please take time to browse the hashtag on Instagram and/or the pool on Flickr. Hit the like button, leave comments, and connect with fellow film photographers. Discovering new people and getting inspired by their work is a big part of the magic of Roll Film Week.


Questions? Reply to this email or send a direct message on Instagram to get in touch.

Thanks for celebrating film photography with us!