Home Movie Day


Introduction

Established in 2020, Home Movie Day is an annual event that celebrates amateur films and filmmaking.

It is a worldwide event, held at local venues all over the world and organised locally by volunteers.

Purpose

Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to have their films inspected and to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community.

As such the event is an opportunity to discover the personal, historical, and social importance of home movies and for individuals to learn how to best care for them.

Brief History

  • From 2003 to 2007, Home Movie Day was usually held on the second Saturday of August.
  • The first Home Movie Day was held on 16 August 2003 (8/16), a play on the respective film gauges.
  • In 2008 the official day was moved to the third Saturday of October.
  • For 2020, the is Saturday 17 October.

Library of Congress’s National Film Registry

Three films first publicly screened at Home Movie Day events were subsequently named to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.

  1. Think of Me First as a Person:
    1. An amateur documentary about a boy with Down syndrome.
    2. It was shown at the New Orleans event in August 2006.
    3. Added to the National Film Registry in December 2006.
  2. Our Day:
    1. A 1938 amateur film about the day in the life of a Kentucky family shot by Wallace Kelly of Lebanon, Kentucky.
    1. It was first screened at the August 2007 New York City Home Movie Day held at Anthology Film Archives.
    2. Added to the National Film Registry in December 2007.
  3. Disneyland Dream:
    1. A 1956 amateur film about the Robbins Barstow family of Wethersfield, Connecticut, winning a free trip to newly opened Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, in a nationwide contest.
    2. It was shown at the August 2006 Home Movie Day in New Haven, Connecticut.
    3. Added to the National Film Registry in December 2008.

The Centre for Home Movies

The founders of Home Movie Day established The Centre for Home Movies in 2005 as a non-profit organisation to administer Home Movie Day and other home movie and amateur film preservation projects.

Tagline

A tagline for Home Movie Day is:

“Don’t let your films decay! Take them to Home Movie Day!”

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