All manner of films outside the commercial mainstream: amateur,
unreleased, and
underground films, as well as
home movies,
test reels,
fringe TV,
and other
ephemeral moving images. More...

Save the dates! Attend the biennial international gathering of media archivists, scholars, artists, curators, researchers, technologists, preservationists, collectors, programmers, producers, distributors, librarians, teachers, and students devoted to the study and use of neglected film and video artifacts. NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Cinema Studies, and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program again present three days and four nights of screenings, presentations, and discussions about rare and rediscovered orphan films. All events at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York.

Call for presentations coming soon.

As in Plato's Symposium the theme will be love. Love in the many senses of the word -- romantic, spiritual, filial, physical, religious, parental, empathic. Love of: others, humanity, planet, country, place, family, animals, food, pleasure, art, peace, learning. Or as Plato might say agápe, eros, philía, and storgē. And what of love's inverses and opposites?

Cinephilia itself opens the door to all kinds of films. Among the orphan categories, many relate to love: amateur films and home movies; advocacy films; works made by religious or charitable organizations; romance and melodrama; erotica, porn, dating do's and dont's; advertising and animation; patriotic pictures; cult films; movies for children. What films have inspired love (or hate)?


Merci, Cinémathèque française!

The Cinémathèque française and NYU Cinema Studies co-hosted a special edition of the Orphan Film Symposium in Paris, March 2-4, 2017.

The theme: Tests, essais et expérimentations

Orphans 2017 / Orphelins de Paris
March 2-4, 2017

Click here to see the program. Films ranging from 1894 to 1994, from France, the US, UK, Poland, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Serbia, Algeria, Belgium, India, Mexico, and the Netherlands. See a wonderous variety of outtakes, kinetscope movies, camera tests, partially edited newsreels, 90mm scientic studies, 35mm medical films, Super 8 exrperiments, 16mm avant garde pieces, images inédites, rushes, unfinished films, silent cinema, unreleased works, never-used newsfilm, amateur narratives, home movies, military footage, student films, promotional documentaries, early sound newsreel tests, and restored classics.

Orphans X : Sound, April 6-9, 2016

New York University Cinema Studies and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program joined with the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center for the tenth international gathering of archivists, scholars, curators, preservationists, technical experts, artists, and media-makers devoted to screening and discussing orphan films.

A timeline of the Orphan Film Symposium, 1999 - 2016 . . .

designed by Martha Diaz & Erica Gold (NYU MIAP)