Boutique film manufacturer Street Candy has announced that it is ceasing operations. The company’s founder, Vincent Moschetti, says that the skyrocketing cost of film production has made it impossible to continue the business.
Announced on the company’s social networks and spotted by Kosmo Foto, Moschetti says that despite his best efforts, he is unable to reconcile the high cost of continued production of film to keep Street Candy going.
“I’ve done everything I could to keep this running and had great hope in the future after all the support we received from you all, since the beginning and, especially when I announced recently that I was struggling to keep things running,” he writes on the Street Candy Facebook and Instagram pages.
“Unfortunately, there are some things that are out of my control and when your business depends on a film manufacturer who decides to triple the price of film overnight, there is simply nothing left I can do. As much as I hate to write these words I don’t see myself selling film for 15€ a roll,” he continues.
“Not sure what I’ll do next but for now I prefer to end this here and take a break from running this business for my own well-being.”
In the post, which is dated April 5, Moschetti says that there were 174 rolls of ATM400 left and available on Street Candy’s online store and they will be the last. At the time of publication, the film is listed as out of stock. Street Candy merch, which ranges from apparel to stickers, was still available, however.
Street Candy produced two rebranded film stocks over the last several years. ATM 400, a black and white ISO 400 film, was released in 2017 and was followed by MTN 100, a panchromatic black and white film based on a motion picture film stock. In 2020 it began offering its film in a recycled cardboard canister in order to reduce plastic waste, the first manufacturer to do so.
Street Candy is not the only manufacturer to be affected by the rising cost of film. In late March, Fujifilm announced that it would increase its film prices by upwards of 60%, with some of its professional lab products going up in price by as much as 94%.