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Call for submissions: NEA's Home Movie Day

2016-02-09 8:24 AM | Michelle Romero

A home movie is a short amateur film or video typically made just to preserve a visual record of family activities, a vacation, or a special event, and intended for viewing at home by family and friends. (Wikipedia)

Archivists know better than anyone how much home movies are an important aspect to documenting everyday life and cultural history. To celebrate these unique films found in countless archival collections across New England, NEA will host a Home Movie Day screening and discussion during the NEA Spring 2016 Meeting led by Liz Coffey, Film Conservator at Harvard Film Archive.

But first we need submissions. We are asking NEA members or any archival repository in the New England region to submit a home movie to be screened to an audience of archivists. Formats accepted: 8mm, super 8, super 8 sound, 16mm, VHS, DVD, digital files (playable via laptop). And please note: all films will be handled by archivists and returned with care.

If you wish to submit a film or video for this unique event, please complete a submission form for consideration. Any questions, contact John Campopiano (

To quote John Waters: "Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenly become show business. If you’ve got one, whip it out and show it now."

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