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 (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos),
Guy Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain)
Bryan Lewis Saunders (Artist & Spoken Word Performer)
Z'EV (Avant Garde Percussionist)
Emily Hubley (Hedwig and the angry Inch, The Toe Tactic)
Jem Cohen (Museum Hours, Benjamin Smoke)
Sight Unseen (Baltimore Based Experimental Filmmakers)
Lauri Faggioni (Science of Sleep, Iron and Wine)
Richard Elfman (The Forbidden Zone),
Adolfas Mekas (Hallelujah The Hills)
L.M. Kit Carson (David Holzman's Diary, Paris Texas)
Weird Paul!!! (YouTube Phenomena and indie musician)
Frank Whaley (Swimming With Sharks, The Jimmy Show)
Richard Kern (Cinema Transgression Filmmaker)
The Trachtenburg Slide Show Players,
Richard Edson (Stranger Than Paradise, Apartment #5C)
Mark Bordtchard (American Movie, Coven),
Clayton Patterson (Captured)
David Redmon (Mardi Gras: Made in China),
Mark Eaton and Johnn Swarr (Joe Kid on a Sting-Ray: The History of BMX),
Helen Stickler (Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator),
Kelly Baker aka The Angry Filmmaker (Bird Dog),
and many others!

Attending filmmakers receive discounted hotel rates and admission to all events including any special speaking engagements or award ceremonies.

Rules & Terms

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.

5 Reviews

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    Experimental Film Society

    Brilliant festival and great curated programs. Many thanks!

    September 2016
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    Non Films

    Very accommodating and easy communication. Thank you!

    June 2016
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    richard martin

    Thank you Moviate. Amazing program.

    June 2016
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    Ibai Vigil–Escalera

    We couldn't assist to the festival, but the communication was great and they were ready to help us.

    June 2016
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    David Finkelstein

    I have been to this festival twice, as well as coming to Harrisburg for the screening they had of my feature film, and I had a great experience all 3 times. Films are very diverse, which means you won't like everything, but it also means there are a good percentage of wonderful films. They are an all-volunteer very small group, so they don't have the means to provide a lot of special stuff for visiting artists, but they couldn't be more friendly and welcoming to artists. They gave me a cool t-shirt too! It is well-organized for a volunteer organization. As a free festival, they get a lot of people dropping in from the arts festival outside, people that would not normally see avant-garde film, so it is a great opportunity to show work to a new audience. (The later in the day the slot, the more people in the audience.)

    Amtrak goes directly from New York and Philadelphia, so it is not hard to get there.

    June 2016