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The 20th Annual Moviate Underground Film Festival at Artsfest welcomes film as an art form.  With a focus on underground, avant-garde, and independent cinema, the festival welcomes many different approaches to the filmmaking process. From the most avant-garde films created with hands on manipulation of film to the more traditional structure of a documentary portraying an underground subject, the festival is eclectic and diverse.

Moviate was founded 21 years ago in April of 1997.  We wanted to bring avant-garde cinema to the Harrisburg area.  We rented a dance studio in the former Jump Street location on Forster Street (when it was called Metro Arts).  Each month we curated a collection of rare 16mm films, independent films, and hosted in-person filmmakers.  Each year, we celebrated with a 3 day festival, calling for entries and showing films from around the world.  We are a volunteer operated not-for-profit organization who sees the importance of independent film and music in the arts community.  Event listings are posted on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the moviate.org website.

2018 FilmFest Program to Announced Soon! 


2017 FilmFest Schedule

Friday May 26th
Midtown Cinema

7pm     Crispin Glover live at the Midtown Cinema (first night of two separate performances and films)


Saturday May 27th

11:45AM "Narrative Shorts"

12:40PM "Shorts on Place"


2:45PM"Experimental Films"

4:00PM "Syndicate" Documentary on Coast To Coast


7:00PM, Crispin Glover Live at the Midtown Cinema


Sunday May 28th:


11:45AM "Films of Nature and Meditation"

12:45PM "More Narrative Short Films"

1:45PM "Of a Political Stance"

3:00PM "Feature documentary by Su Friedrich"

4:00PM"Local Films, Produced and Made by filmmakers in the area"


7:00PM "LED ZEPPELIN PLAYED HERE" with Director Jeff Krulik In-Person.

9:00PM "The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film" with Director Drew Stone In-Person.