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Home Movie Day

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Join us in the Junior Common Room inside Scott House at Traill College from 1-4PM on October 19th for our 3rd annual Home Movie Day, hosted in partnership with Traill College and the Cultural Studies department at Trent University! What is Home Movie Day? It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about the historical significance of home movies and the need to preserve them for future generations. Founded by the Centre for Home Movies, Home Movie Day connects communities around the world to their heritage by encouraging community members to submit and talk about their films.

If you have a stack of film reels or VHS tapes in your basement, bring a film or two! This is a great opportunity for those who no longer have the technology to screen their films to see them again, or for those who have an entertaining film they want to share with others. Home Movie Day is only a success if the community rallies together to screen their films, so don’t be shy! (And don’t worry about your film being “too boring.” Every film is welcome!)

Even if you don’t have any films to bring, we encourage you to come out and see what others have brought in. It promises to be an entertaining screening! If that alone doesn’t tempt you, there will also be refreshments available, including popcorn.

Film submissions can be dropped off at our archives building at 567 Carnegie Avenue (we are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM-4PM) anytime before Thursday October 17 and picked up after the screening is over. You can also bring submissions with you to Home Movie Day, although we encourage you to drop them off in advance. If you’re unable to drop films off at our archives building, send us a message and we can make alternate arrangements. You will need to sign a damage waiver when you drop off your films in case something happens during projection, but we will be inspecting every film before we project it to ensure it is safe to do so.

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