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Home Movie Day and Night: The 24-Hour Home Movie Marathon

Home Movie Day and Night: The 24-Hour Home Movie Marathon is a webcast that will take place on October 27th, 2019 and will coincide with the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. A full day of home movies will be compiled with home movies from every time zone, and will be supplemented by live presentations from around the world.


On October 27th, home movies will be webcast online on YouTube (and another web platform) for the full 24-hours of the day, with one hour from each time zone. As the day progresses, viewers will be able to follow along with the program as it moves around the world. The project manager will work with a team of curators who will compile hour-long segments from archives, collections, and individuals showing home movies from places throughout the time zone. The curatorial team will communicate with archives from partner organizations within each region to produce a video program that showcases the range of home movies and the preservation efforts that have been undertaken by the archives. The end result will be a monumental collage film that will highlight the differences and similarities among home movie practices across different cultures. The video segments will be supplemented with brief live presentations from the contributing organizations, and in addition the webcast, venues will be recruited to host screenings of the video (either the full 24 hours or significant portions of it).

The Center for Home Movies, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization will administer the project.


People & Places: Home Movies of Where We Live

Curators and contributors to Home Movie Day and Night: The 24-Hour Home Movie Marathon are encouraged to find films that show how home movies depict life in places where they were created and what they can show about the individuals and cultures that inspired them. They should show how amateur films can be both intimate and global at the same time—showing what is unique to a place, but also universal. As we move around the world during the webcast, viewers will move through time, crisscrossing the 20th and 21st centuries experiencing each moment as it occurred. The word “home” in these home movies is meant to imply a state of mind, if not a physical location. The movies can show gatherings and rituals, daily life, or cultural events, but should give the viewer a strong sense of the community where they were filmed.

Examples of films to consider:

  • Families cooking and sharing traditional foods
  • Street scenes
  • Local or regional holiday rituals
  • Immigrant communities celebrating their homeland
  • People at work in factories or on farms
  • Vendors or shoppers at marketplaces or stores


Celebrate home movie collections from archives around the world, including archives primarily not known for their amateur film holdings.

  • Virtually repatriate home movies that have ended up elsewhere in the world (such as home movies of India that were taken by Japanese tourists or home movies by an Italian family that emigrated to the United States).
  • Create a permanent document that will be able to be used by film historians, cultural scholars, and archivists for international, cross-cultural home movie research.
  • Further develop a network of worldwide home movie archives, allowing us to publicize the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage through a unique event that will attract press around the globe.
  • Archives and individuals can participate by:
    Curating the contributions from their time zone, or assisting with video compilation and editing.
    Contributing a list of home movies from their collections (both from their region and elsewhere in the world).
    Providing digital files or assisting with digitization.
    Spreading the word about the project to other contributors in their time zone (other archives or personal collections).


To sign up to participate as a film contributor, please fill out the following Google Form:


For more information about contributing video files:


The project management team consists of:

Dwight Swanson, the Center for Home Movies – United States
Karianne Fiorini – Italy
Salvi Vivancos – Spain

The project management team can be contacted at 24hours@homemovieday.com


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