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CHM Receives Advocacy Award from Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Posted by May 11th, 2017

The Center for Home Movies has been named 2017 recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award. The award “recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose” and is accompanied by a $500 honorarium. While CHM is well known in the world of moving-image archives, The SAA is the oldest and largest generalist archivist association in North America, so this award provides wider recognition for the good work of everyone involved with CHM and Home Movie Day, as well as a platform for further advocacy for the unique cultural artifacts we all love so much. A member of the CHM Board of Directors will attend the SAA Conference in Portland, Oregon in late July.

1st annual HMD.GIF contest winner announced!

Posted by November 29th, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 1st annual HMD.GIF contest is the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) with “girl dancing in the yard.” It was tough to pick a favorite among all the wonderful  submissions, but this funky gal, dancing endlessly in a perfect loop, captured the heart of our judges unanimously.



HomeMovieDay.GIF Contest underway!

Posted by November 2nd, 2016

Combine your love of gif and home movies ~

The Center for Home Movies is having a HomeMovieDay.GIF Contest!
Help us celebrate Home Movie Day season by creating a GIF using your favorite home movie. Submit it to our Tumblr for the chance to win $200.00! Contest closes Friday, November 18th! Winner announced Monday, November 28th.

Looking for “GIF-spiration”? Check out the Home Movie Registry to discover hundreds of films from collections across the US.

Home Movie Day 2016 is almost here!

Posted by October 1st, 2016

Home Movie Day 2016 is fast approaching! 60 cities in 15 countries worldwide have announced their events and new events are being announced weekly! This year’s “official” day is Saturday, October 15th, but in some cities HMD festivities may take place several weeks before or after. Visit the Home Movie Day site to find an event near you and start looking through closets and attics for your family films.


This year’s poster is courtesy of Julien Charbonneau of the Cinémathèque québécoise. Inspired by the classic illustrations from “Movie Makers” magazine.

CHM awarded a grant from CLIR to develop the Home Movie Archives Database!

Posted by September 10th, 2016

Thanks to CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources), the Center for Home Movies has been awarded a one year grant to develop the Home Movie Archives Database. The database will be incorporated with CHM’s Home Movie Registry, both of which exist to try to answer the question “where can I find home movies?”. This directory will allow for potential donors of home movies, scholars, and documentarians to look for relevant films or archives, and the project’s goal is to bring together information on the home movie holdings of as many American archival institutions as possible into one searchable directory. (more…)