Annual Moviate Underground Film Festival!

The Moviate Underground Film Festival encompasses a 3-day annual film festival in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We have a wide range of viewership and showcase anything from spotlight animation and pixelvision films to quality narratives and documentaries.

Welcome to the 25th Annual Moviate Underground Film Festival! May 16-19, 2024

All programs will be held at:
The Midtown Cinema - 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

You can purchase tickets for Single Events, or save with Day-Passes for Saturday or Sunday, and Full-Festival Passes which includes our Featured Events!

Single Day event: $8, Day pass: $15, Evening event: $12, Full Festival Pass: $65

Buy tickets at the Midtown Cinema!

 We've made this year's entire program schedule available as a viewable, printable PDF

Download the entire 2024 Festival Program (PDF)

Welcome to the 25th Annual Moviate Underground Film Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania! We are a quarter of a century old! The festival has grown exponentially over the years from our first program shown at Broad Street Market /Historic Harrisburg Association/ Susquehanna Arts Museum to festivals at Harrisburg Area Community College, The Whitaker Center For The Arts, Open Stage, Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, The Civic Club of Harrisburg, even a Virtual Festival during the pandemic, and now our wonderful home with our long time supporters at The Midtown Cinema! We continue to grow while holding onto our DIY aesthetic and mission of bringing truly independent, avant-garde, and underground cinema to Harrisburg!

25th Annual Moviate Underground Film Festival Artwork

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 of 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),
Crispin Glover (What is it?, Back to the Future)
Lauren Wolkstein (The Strange Ones)
Skizz Cyzyk (Icepick to the Moon)
Carter Stevens (Punk Rock)
Bryan Lewis Saunders (Self Portrait Artist / Performance Poet)
Z'EV (Poet / Percussionist / Sound Artist)
Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music in the World / Careful)
Jerry Tartaglia (Escape From Rented Island)
The Cast & Crew of John Waters' Desperate Living (Mink Stole / Vincent Peranio / George Stover / Susan Lowe / Turkey Joe Trabert)

and many others...


"Moviate is a volunteer operated, not for profit organization, dedicated to bringing independent, underground, and avant-garde Cinema and Sound events to the Harrisburg, PA area."

25th Annual Underground Film Festival - May 16th - 19th, 2024

Past Annual Film Festivals

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