The Moviate Underground Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to exhibiting avant garde, experimental, outsider, and truly independent film and video. We seek work from a range of artistic expressions - from fiction to nonfiction - that exists and thrives despite consumer capitalism and market-based cinema. Moviate is fundamentally media-agnostic, yet we enthusiastically support and encourage the exhibition of analog film. We offer discounted submission fees for works produced on celluloid, as well as extra incentives for those exhibiting on Super8 and 16mm.

MUFF is programmed by Moviate, a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to exhibiting independent and underground film and video in Harrisburg, PA and surrounding areas. Our volunteer-based curatorial collective is artist-run and we organize year-round programming as well as the annual festival.

Past filmmakers and speakers in attendance include:

John Waters
Todd Solondz
Crispin Glover
Guy Maddin
Lauren Wolkstein
Skizz Cyzyk
Frank Henenlotter
Su Friedrich
Carter Stevens
Bryan Lewis Saunders
Emily Hubley
Jem Cohen
Sight Unseen
Laura Faggioni
Richard Elfman
Adolfas Mekas
L.M. Kit Carson
Weird Paul!!!
Frank Whaley
Richard Kern
The Trachtenburg Slide Show Players
The Cast & Crew of John Waters' "Desperate Living"
Richard Edson
Mark Borchardt
Clayton Patterson
David Redmon
Mark Eaton and Johnn Swarr
Helen Stickler
Kelly Baker aka The Angry Filmmaker
and many others!

Attending filmmakers receive admission to all events including any special speaking engagements.

Any original films from any year are accepted. Please include a disclaimer for any explicit content. This is used for programming purposes only and will not influence the decision-making process in any way.

Moviate is a completely volunteer-run organization and the time of our volunteers is extremely valuable. This is why we take our length requirements very seriously. Films will not be "in consideration" until the appropriate fee corresponding to the length of film and film format is received. Films disqualified from the festival will not be refunded their submission fee.

Film content categories are much less rigid. We don't usually program by category so they are mostly meant to encourage participation. Please feel free to submit under any content category you like.

Submission tapes returned only with Self Addressed / Postage Paid Envelope provided by filmmaker.

Exhibition Tape or Print is returned via USPS PRIORITY with DELIVERY CONFIRMATION to Filmmaker from and paid by the Moviate Underground Film Festival. Any other postage special handling needs are the expense of the filmmaker.

The Moviate Underground Film Festival and its media and press affiliates may use any part of the filmmakers bio information, still images or video and film clips for promotional purposes at any time before the festival and for a year after the festival has ended.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Moviate Underground from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Marie-Laure Cros

    Great Super 8 Festival! Film lovers are welcomed with great warmth and great selections. Thanks for selecting my work and hopefully will make my way back soon.

    June 2022
  • Amazing works and welcoming environment! Always a treat to be part of Moviate!

    May 2022
  • Maureen Zent

    Moviate is excellent with a strong program of experimental films. Powerful visual imagery and sound design stood out. Lots of filmmakers in attendance and opportunities to ask questions and interact.

    May 2022
  • Mark Street

    this is a great festival. well curated, varied, unapologetically underground. it was low key, the festival organizers incredibly welcoming and kind. a wonderful experience all around.

    May 2022
  • Sara Kazemimanesh

    With a brilliant and dedicated board of directors, the festival has a clear mission of supporting and showcasing non-mainstream works that deserve recognition. Lovely experience!

    October 2019