Forthcoming Public Events 
5-6 December , 2022: “Du Pathé-Baby au 9.5 mm, l’invention du Cinéma chez soi” Conference, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé et à l’INHA, Paris.

17-19 November, 2022: “9.5mm: and Cinema is Everywhere” Conference, Berne (& online).

18-22 October International Symposium ‘Contemporary reuse of Amateur Films #1’, Nice, France.

14, 15 & 22 October: HOME MOVIE DAY 2022 (Center for Home Movies)

20 April 2022 – Amateur Cinema SIG panel, BAFTSS Conference.

16-18 June 2022, ‘The ‘little apparatus’: 100 years of 9.5mm film’ Conference

20-21 October 2022: ‘Contemporary re-use of Amateur FIlms #1. Stakeholders, intentionalities and reappropriation contexts’ colloquium, Nice, France.

16 October 2021: Chicago Home Movie Day.

25 June 2021: ‘Private Films in Public Spaces‘ session at the Pesaro Film Festival.

CfP: ‘The ‘little apparatus’: 100 years of 9.5mm film’ Conference (16-18 June 2022) – deadline 17 October 2021

April/May 2021: ACSN Editor’s choice of important resources: Centre for Home Movies,  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Film Archive, and  Mostra Internacional de Filmes Domésticos.

April 15, 2021: ‘Developing National and International Home Movies Networks’, AMIA Spring Conference.

March – April 2021, [amateur] ‘Film Troubadours: Scotland and Ukraine‘ (DOCUSPACE Festival, online)

February 2021, “Re-framing home movies” webinars

2021 January: AMIA Spring 2021 Call for Proposals

2020: December ACNS celebrated 10 years!

November: Association INEDITS: ‘e-nedits’ Talks series.

October HOME MOVIE DAY month 

18 April 2020, ‘Amateur cinema and social networks of screen culture’ panel for the 8th annual BAFTSS Conference – “Rethinking Screen Cultures” –  to be held at the University of St Andrews, 16-18 April 2020.

May 23-27, 2020: the Eye International Conference will host the 12th Orphan Film Symposium, Amsterdam. More information available at and

9 December 2019: ‘Killing the Fathers: Women behind the camera in home movies’ Conference, IRCAV – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Paris. Coordinated by  Beatriz Rodovalho and Giuseppina Sapio.

27 October 2019: Home Movie Day and Night: The 24-Hour Marathon (webcast, YouTube)

New workgroup ‘Amateur Media Cultures’. Further details are available here

26 May 2019: Straight 8 Competition, London.

23-24 May 2019: ‘Amateur Practices and Technologies of Vision’ Conference, Università IULM,  Milano.

February 2019: New publication “Amateur Media and Participatory Cultures. Film, Video, and Digital Media’ by Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes and Susan Aasman (Routledge, 2019). More information is available at

October 2018:  ‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers. National Memories and Global Identities’ by Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes and Heather Norris Nicholson (Edinburgh University Press, 2018. ISBN:9781474420730. Also available in eBook)

24 September 2018 – February 2019. A five-part workshop dedicated to the study of amateur filmmaking practice and bringing together a group of archivists, filmmakers, historians and curators.  For more information see L’eredità ritrovata.

12-16 December 2018: International Kino Club Histories, Alternative Film/Video Research Forum, Belgrade

16 May 2018 – La ville et les cinéastes amateurs Conference, (Chapelle Saint-Sulpice, Chemin de Tivoli, étang de l’Olivier – 13800 Istres). Keynote speaker: professor Roger Odin.

13 April 2018 – ‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers: Innovative Visual Narratives and Early Colour Films’ (BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG panel, BAFTTS Conference, University of Kent)

27 April 2018 – ‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers & Colour Films’, BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG, ACSN and EAFA Symposium, Norwich.

22 March 2018 –  “Participatory new media and trauma ‘I’-documentaries” panel, i-Docs Conference, Bristol, UK

15 March 2018 – deadline for CFP 19th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium.

15 January 2018 – deadline for applications to MA in Film and Television Studies (incl. amateur cinema studies), University of Glasgow

19 December 2017, Home Movie Day, Jerusalem, held by the Jerusalem Cinematheque – Israel Film Archive together with the DVD library “The Third Ear”

14 December 2017 – ‘Re-framing home movies‘, Turin, IT

27 October – 2 December 2017:  Archivio Aperto hosted by Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia marks the tenth year in the evolution of Home Movies. “The programme also includes a tribute to Gustav Deutsch, the international master of found footage filmmaking, with a double focus on his reuse of home movies”. Bologna, IT. See Programme.

3 November 2017: Peter Forgacs in conversation with members of the Romanian National Association of Amateur  Filmmakers and Cine-Clubs, French Institute, Bucharest, RO.

21 October 2017: Home Movie Day (locations)

4-15 October 2017: Launch of ‘How we live – messages to the family‘, dir. Gustav Deutsch (AT, 2017), at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, in Montreal.

21 April 2017: ‘Amateur cinema and its multiple film sub-genres’ (‘Amateur Cinema’ panel, BAFTTS Conference, Bristol, UK)

20-22 July, 2017, Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, Bucksport, Maine, USA

December 2016: Launch of the BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG

27 October – 7 December 2016: Archivio Aperto 2016, IX Edition of the Amateur and Family Film Festival, Bologna.

26 June 2016 – 15 January 2017: ‘Expo Homeless Movies‘ (The House of Alijn, Ghent)

27 May – 30 October 2016: ‘Home Cinema: from Projector to Smartphone’ (Limburgs Museum, Venlo)

4 May 2016: The Amateur Cinema Project: (NYU Tisch School of the Arts)

30 April 2016: Spotlight on North Texas (Denton County, TX, USA)

14-17 April 2016 BIAFF (British International Amateur Film Festival); see also ACSNpost.

Autumn 2015: Book launch ‘Amateur Film Archaeology’ [Abenteuer Alltag. Zur Archäologie des Amateurfilms].  List of contributors and chapters available at Amateurfilm_Content.

7 November 2015: Home Movie Day @ The Cinema Museum (London, UK)

24 October 2015: Global Super8 Day

17 October 2015: Home Movie Day.  For a list of locations see Centre for Home Movies

10 October 2015: Cinémémoire screening  “Amateur d’indépendances, les indépendances africaines filmées par les cinéastes amateurs”, dir. Claude Bossion and Agnès O’Martins (Circuit-Court / Cinémémoire / Histoire, 2010, 52 min.)

10-12 September 2015: Conference: “Changing Platforms of Memory Practices” (Groningen)

8 September 2015: Le Marseille des cinéastes amateurs – “Une rétrospective des films réalisés par le «Club des Amateurs Cinéastes de Provence» à l’occasion d’une “Carte Blanche” à Cinémémoire proposée par le Comité du Vieux Marseille.”

23 – 25 July 2015:  Wunderkino 5,  Moving Images of War and Peace , 16th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium. Program available at Northeast Historic Film Wunderkino 5-2_0.

10 June 2015: Bluetooth Cinema, 17:00 – 21:00, Athens School of Fine Arts.

6 – 27 May 2015:  ‘i/eye in conflict: personal stories from the Middle East‘, at the Barbican.

until 22 March 2015: Letters to Afar: By Péter Forgács, Museum of the City of New York – “video art installation based on home movies made by New York City’s Jewish immigrants who traveled back to visit Poland during the 1920s and 30s. The films document poignant family reunions and everyday life in small towns in the years before the Second World War, capturing a culture on the brink….”

11 December 2014: ‘Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland’ (US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

18 November: Orphans at MoMA: An Amateur Cinema League of Nations. “Inaugurating a new annual collaboration in To Save and Project between MoMA and the NYU Orphan Film Symposium, this program celebrates the historical art of amateur filmmaking. Six curator-historians present six short, sophisticated movies covering a 50-year span, from 1926 through 1976. …”

21 October: Cinememoire is organising a special session dedicated to amateur films made in Gardane – ‘Des petits films qui racontent votre ville‘; the event is part of Les Arpenteurs d’images au 26ème Festival Cinématographique d’Automne de Gardanne, 17-28 October 2014.

17 October – 29 November: Archivio Aperto, VII Edizione, Bologna.

18 October: Home Movie Day, see Centre for Home Movies for a list of locations and events.

August: ‘Personal films in the Digital Space’, a guest-edited special issue (New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, Vol. 11, Issue 2-3). For additional information see ACSN Editor’s Choice.

24 – 26 July: ‘Visions of House and Home‘ is the fifteenth annual Symposium held by Northeast Historic Film. For more info please visit NHF.

10 – 11 July:  ‘Picturing the Family: media, narrative, memory’ conference, Birkbeck, University of London, 10-11 July 2014. Programme available here

19 -21 June 2014: Several research papers on amateur film/media will be presented at the NECS 2014 Conference, Milan, IT. The program is available here.

3 – 4 June 2014: ‘Skype Connections and the Gaze of Friendship and Family‘ conference, Cambridge, UK.

19 April 2014: Home Movie Day Durham, organised by the Center for Documentary Studies (1317 West Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina)

12-13 April 2014: ‘Children and nontheatrical media: from film to video‘ Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

30 March – 2 April 2014: The Future of Obsolescence, The Orphan Film Symposium, Amsterdam.

6-20 December 2013: Cinéma amateur algérien: la collecte de films continue! (Cinémémoire)

12-13 April 2014: ‘Children and nontheatrical media: from film to video‘ Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

1-2 November 2013: Unconscious Archives: The Perfect Medium is the Wrong Message, Apiary Studios, London, UK

19 October 2013: Home Movie Day

20 – 22 June 2013. NECS Conference (includes presentations on amateur cinema studies).

25-27 July 2013: 14th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, Bucksport, Maine, USA (call for papers ends 4th June 2013). “The NHF Summer Symposium is a multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of amateur and nontheatrical moving images. For over a decade, the Symposium has been bringing together archivists, scholars, and artists in an intimate setting for three days of viewing and discussing lesser-known, amateur, and found films.”

May 2013. Book launch: ‘Small-Gauge Storytelling.Discovering the Amateur Fiction Film‘, ed. Ryan Shand and Ian Craven, Edinburgh Unviersity Press.

2-3 May 2013: The project-team of the research project “Changing platforms of ritualized memory practices. The cultural dynamics of home movies” is organising a two-day workshop on ‘How to Keep our Audiovisual Memories Safe? Storing Home Movies, Home Video and Online Content’ at the The Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte in Bonn. For details see Workshop Announcement and Poster.

19-21 April 2013: ACSN organises two international panels on ‘New Visual Networks and Amateur Cinema Studies‘ at the first annual BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies) Conference, University of Lincoln. BAFTSS Draft Conference Programme.

22–23 March 2013: ‘Amateur Film Archeology’ Conference, Vienna. See Amateur-Film-Archeology-Schedule for the final programme.

Until 16th January 2013 – Northeast Historic Film welcomes applications for the William O’Farrell Fellowship, US.
The William O’Farrell Fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in research toward a publication, production, or presentation based on moving image history and culture, particularly amateur and nontheatrical film. With this fellowship, we honor the continuing legacy of Canadian film archivist William O’Farrell, a long time advocate for amateur and nontheatrical film collections.
The fellowship is designed to support a month’s study within Northeast Historic Film’s collections, a moving image archives located in Maine.

3 – 7 December 2012: AMIA 2012 –’Small Gauge & Amateur Film Committee’ meeting and ‘A Decade of Home Movie Day’ panel (5th December).

5th -9th December 2012: Festival of New Film and Video & the First Alternative Film Video Forum, Novi Beograd, Serbia.

16 November 2012 – 12 January 2013: Cinematic Bologna – ‘Archivio Aperto 2012‘, Bologna, IT.

11 November 2012 – ‘Le cinéma algérien en liberté‘ by Ahmed Zir. Projection and Q&A organised during the Rencontres Internationales des 25es Instants Vidéo, Marseille.

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