The Moviate Underground Film Festival encompasses a 3-day film fest on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, PA, coinciding with the area's annual arts celebration: Artsfest, which brings in thousands of art and film enthusiasts who will attend multi-genre film screenings at multiple venues around the city.

We have a wide range of viewership and look for anything from quality narratives and comedies to spotlight animation, kids films or documentaries. Above all, we love anything super 8 or 16mm, underground, independent, avant-garde, personal, experimental, or any other form of creative filmmaking that challenges the masses and the stereotypical 'Hollywood' aesthetic. We show film and video creations made as a form of art, not as a means of making a profit at the expense of our culture.

WE LOVE TO PROJECT 16mm and Super8 films and prefer film prints over digital whenever possible.

Past filmmakers and speakers in attendance include:

John Waters
Crispin Glover
Guy Maddin
Lauren Wolkstein
Skizz Cyzyk
Bryan Lewis Saunders
Emily Hubley
Jem Cohen
Sight Unseen
Lauri Faggioni
Richard Elfman
Adolfas Mekas
L.M. Kit Carson
Weird Paul!!!
Frank Whaley
Richard Kern
The Trachtenburg Slide Show Players
Richard Edson
Mark Bordtchard
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 or award ceremonies.

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.

Films will not be "in consideration" until the appropriate fee corresponding to the length/category of film is received. Films disqualified from the festival will not be refunded their submission fee.

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
  • Great festival. Well curated and run by extremely nice people. Its great to see that there's a community out there that wants to support films made on film. Hope to go again next year.

    June 2018
  • Sandy McLennan

    Excellent and friendly communication/organization. Very well curated short experimental (super 8, 16mm, video in a wonderful room amidst Artfest beside the river) and features (in a very nice small cinema downtown). Highly recommend the festival, the people and the town.

    June 2018
  • Great selection of films, well run, and warm atmosphere. Definitely recommend submitting and attending!

    June 2018
  • Brenda Contreras

    Great festival! Great programming! Great communication and well organized. Wish I could have been there.

    June 2017
  • Mary Billyou

    I enjoyed my time at Moviate and met old friends and made new friends! Keep on keepin' on, Moviate!

    June 2017