17th Annual


May 22, 2015 to May 25, 2015

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1946 Green St
Harrisburg PA 17102
Phone: 717-238-9371

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While Moviate Underground is an extremely diverse festival exhibiting a wide rage of styles, experimental and avant garde films live very close to our heart. (check out our list of previous filmmakers) Please submit ANYTHING experimental.
Each year Moviate Underground dedicates at least 1-2 hours to animated films, usually separated in to kid-friendly and more artistically challenging blocks.

We LOVE anything handmade, or made with super-8 or 16mm stock, but will accept all types of animation.
Offbeat or controversial topics are preferred, different styles in the genre are accepted. We also love music documentaries. In past years we've had several visiting filmmakers bring documentary premiers, with excellent turnouts.
Quirky and clever, from mumblecore to minimal, narrative films in many genres are screened. All types are used as a major component of the festival. If it looks good and/or keeps us hooked we want it.

AND we especially love to see anything made on Super 8 or 16mm film.
Central Pennsylvania Productions
We will always try to give preference to films created and produced in the Central Pennsylvania area. Not only in the hopes that filmmakers will attend, but also because this is a culturally expansive area that we want to support!


Moviate Underground at Artsfest encompasses a 4-day film festival on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, PA along-side area artisans and craftsmen. We have a wide range of viewership and look for anything from spotlight animation and pixelvision films to quality narratives and comedies to animation and kids films to 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.

AND WE LOVE TO PROJECT 16mm and SUPER8 films at the festival, and prefer film prints over digital whenever possible.


Moviate Underground at Artsfest will take place during Memorial Day weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania MAY 22-25, 2015. Artsfest brings in thousands of art and film enthusiasts who will attend multi-genre film screenings at multiple venues around the capital city of Harrisburg.

Screenings are free for all audiences to attend, creating an atmosphere unlike many other film festivals.

Past filmmakers and speakers in attendance include:

John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos),
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.

The festival is juried by 5 members of the film community, and awards are presented for Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Experimental, Best Animation, Best Local Production, and Best of Show.
This year's festival will feature midnight screenings, a Q&A panel with attending filmmakers, and a filmmakers meet and greet reception.


Caleb Smith (Program Director); Jeremy Moss; Josh Drake (Filmmaker); Michael Robinson (Filmmaker)


Any original films from any time 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.

Please take care when selecting the submission fee corresponding to the length of your film. Films will not be considered "in consideration" until we have received a complete submission fee appropriate for your film's length.

Electronic submissions via WAB online screener or secure vimeo link ONLY.

Promotional Posters and Postcards are to be sent to:
1946 Green St.
Harrisburg, Pa


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 Artsfest Film Festival. Any other postage special handling needs are the expense of the filmmaker.

The Artsfest 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.