Home Movie Digitization


In collaboration with the University of Virginia Library, JMRL Central branch is preparing to celebrate Home Movie Day 2018! Home Movie Day events are held annually, worldwide to celebrate the stories and memories captured by amateur film, as well as advocate for its care and preservation. These events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community.

October 20th from 5-7pm at the Vinegar Hill Theatre (220 W Market St, Charlottesville) UVa will present a curated screening of film footage submitted (in 2K projection) by the community, with selections from home movies (on 16mm film) found in the Small Special Collections Library. This screening is free and open to the public.

From now through October 14th, we will be offering a free digitization drop-off service for up to 3 reels of home movies (16mm, 8mm, or Super-8 motion picture film only). Submitted films will be cleaned and digitized (condition permitting) by trained staff at the University of Virginia Library and returned to the patron as a digital file—all submitted film footage may be used as part of the October 20th screening event, but will not otherwise be retained.

Questions about the digitization drop-off service? Email: steev@virginia.edu

Film submissions will be taken at the JMRL Central branch through October 14th or at one of the events listed below.

Home Movie Digitization Workshops

Connect with a UVa preservation specialist to learn how best to care for your home films and why they’re important. Have a home movie you’re curious to see or learn more about? Drop in and a preservation specialist will digitize up to 3 film reels of 8mm, Super-8, or 16mm film. The funniest and most compelling films will be eligible for inclusion in an October 20th screening event at Vinegar Hill Theatre presented by UVa.

Crozet – Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30PM

Northside – Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30PM

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