QUESTION

ANSWER

When can I buy film?

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When can I buy film at my local shop?

As of this update on October 20, 2017, we can only say that we are working very hard to re-open our online shop soon.

Regarding physical shops, when we are confident that our online customers are able to buy film without interruption, we will begin (very slowly, as capacity permits) to offer film to other retail outlets around the world.

Until then, you can help us find the right shops! If you have a favorite local store - especially physical locations - urge them to fill out our Reseller's Form. When we are able, we will consult this list first.


Will you be making film in [x] format?

Yes!

However, we should be clear that making various film formats is not as simple as flipping a switch in the factory - it is far more complex. We will gradually add machinery purchased during after Kickstarter campaign to expand our ability to expand our product offerings.

With this said - 4x5 and 120 are at the top of our list for the near future, and there are many other still and cinema formats we plan to produce over time as we are able.


What happened to producing color reversal film?

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I'm a Kickstarter Backer - where is my reward?

Since the launch of P30, we have learned the harsh reality that the overall scale of our output must drastically increase - and many of our workflow processes must be optimized - before color production is feasible.

We are in fact using the production of P30 precisely to grow our production capacity and optimize our workflows.

We remain fully committed to color reversal film in general, and to deliver rewards to Kickstarter Backers, as promised.


Will you make 126 film?

Over time, this has become one of the most requested "dead" formats that people have asked us about.

For those who don't know, 126 film is basically 35mm that's in a cartridge. It was pretty huge in the 1970s and Ferrania produced it under the Solaris brand until around 2008.

The answer to the question is MAYBE.

We have most of the 126 finishing equipment, but it will need extensive work before we can produce this format. When we are able, we will reach out to the film community to see if the market for 126 cartridges is strong enough to invest the resources necessary to begin production.


Will you make C-41 film?

Yes! Eventually...

We must focus on one thing at a time while we grow. The process of scaling up our production runs in parallel to the overall demand for the products:

  • B&W film has a lower overall demand than color film. As such, we are making B&W first and using this process to grow to the next stage in our evolution.
  • Color Reversal film has a much higher demand than B&W, but lower than color negative films and so it is a natural second stage to further grow our capacity.
  • Color negative (C-41) films are in the greatest demand and thus require the greatest scale to produce.

Each step in our growth must be taken in sequence. We cannot grow too fast, nor too slow. Our path to true success is a narrow one and we must constantly be aware of dangers on all sides. And so, C-41 films remain a distant goal for us at this point in time.


Will you revive <defunct color film stock> at some point?

Unless that film was made by 3M-Ferrania at some point in the past, the answer is "Sorry, but no."

Your favorite defunct color film from Kodak, Fuji, Agfa or any other historical manufacturer is not something that can be recreated by FILM Ferrania for a wide variety of reasons, but most of the reasons relate to one of these three factors:

  • The intellectual property is still owned by someone else or is otherwise simply not available any longer.
  • Some element of the chemistry is no longer available, or may even be illegal.
  • The machinery and processes that make the film simply don't work that way. They are specific to each manufacturer and not interchangeable.

Can I test film for you?

Of course everybody loves free film! And we will love nothing more than putting some of it in the right hands. When the time is right, we will publish something here on our website outlining our policies for testing new films, as well as for obtaining free or discounted films for promotional, editorial or artistic uses.