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Call for Papers: Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

Posted by February 12th, 2019

The Center for Home Movies has been invited to collaborate in the programming of the Northeast Historic Film Symposium this year (July 18-20 in Bucksport, Maine). While amateur films have always been a major focus of NHF’s collections and the symposium, this year home movies will be front-and-center. We invite you to send your proposals for papers and presentations and hope to see you in Maine this summer.

Download the Call for Papers (Word Doc).


“Postcards”: The Home Movie Day 2018 Image Exchange

Posted by January 8th, 2019


One of the most exciting parts of Home Movie Day being held around the world is that we can see ourselves through other’s eyes. A home movie maker from Japan will visit London, and a family from London will travel to California, and a movie shown in California will show a trip to Brazil, and so on. The hosts of Home Movie Day 2018 were asked to contribute home movies from their collections showing travelers in foreign countries as a way of documenting these connections.

Archives from the United States, Italy, Japan, Northern Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland shared films from Europe, Central America, Central and East Asia, Africa, North and South America. The video was then edited by Marina Mulas, Gigi Cabras, Luca Portas of the Cineteca Sarda.

Contributing archives:
California Historical Society & California Revealed
The Center for Home Movies
Chicago Film Archives
Cineteca Sarda – Cagliari
Filmoteca de Valencia – Valencia
Filmoteca Regionale Siciliana – Palermo
Film Preservation Society – Tokyo
Lichtspiel Kinemathek – Bern
Memorias Celuloides – Cartagena
Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive – Belfast
Proxecto Socheo – A Guarda
Superottimisti – Torino
Tennesee Archive of Moving Image and Sound – Knoxville



The 3rd Annual Home Movie Day GIF Contest is Open

Posted by October 25th, 2018

Do you have what it takes to become our new GIF Champion(s)?
We hope you’ve been keeping track of those GIF-able home movie moments, because it’s time again for the annual HomeMovieDay.GIF Contest. Help us celebrate Home Movie Day by selecting perfectly loop-able moments from our moving image histories. Individuals, archives, and organizations alike may submit as many GIFs as they can create to our HomeMovieDay.GIF Contest Tumblr  until the contest closes on November 1st. The winner will be announced on November 8th. Winner takes $200.00 and all the GIF-loving admiration Home Movie Day lovers can muster.

Welcome New CHM Board Member Candace Ming

Posted by September 28th, 2018

The CHM board is extremely excited to announce that Candace Ming has become our newest board member.  Candace is the Project Manager/Archivist of the South Side Home Movie Project, an organization which has a long friendship with the Center for Home Movies. She is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. She interned at MoMA doing crucial research on the newly discovered 1913 footage of Bert Williams. She has a wealth of experience as an archivist (Carnegie Hall Archives, Alaska Film Archives, Missouri History Museum) and as a film projectionist (Landmark Theaters in her native St. Louis). Most recently she managed the huge moving image archive of the New York Police Department. She is responsible for digitizing and preserving all home movies donated to the SSHMP, and also conducts community outreach.


Get ready for Home Movie Day 2018

Posted by August 30th, 2018

This year marks Home Movie Day’s sixteenth birthday! Since 2003 we have been gathering in theaters, libraries, restaurants and houses to watch home movies together and celebrate amateur filmmaking.

The official date for Home Movie Day this year is Saturday, October 20th, but events are happening throughout the year and all around the world. Click here for the current list of events, so you can find one close to you.