Reminder: The Deadline to Nominate Titles for the National Film Registry is September 15

Every year, the National Film Registry opens up its nomination process to the general public and so this is your chance to make sure that important films are preserved for future generations.

This year’s window for nominees closes soon, so I wanted to remind you that you can nominate up to fifty films for inclusion via this online form. They also ask for you to detail the reasons for your lesser-known choices. Obviously, you don’t have to nominate silent films but I would love for you to consider including a few.

I am still working on my list but I am definitely going to make a case for The Dumb Girl of Portici, Lois Weber’s historical epic and one of the few examples of a woman being given a mega budget picture to direct. I also plan to make a case for the independent production The Star Prince, which is an elaborate fantasy that was also written and directed by a woman, Madeline Brandeis. And I will be nominating Skinner’s Dress Suit (1926) because of the unique and fun way it captures the spirit of the 1920s. It’s not about jazz and flappers but rather about buying on a payment plan and trying to get ahead in business and all with a sweet romance at the center.

You don’t have to follow my lead but I wanted to share some of the titles I will be nominating just to show you how I am going about the process. This is a fun annual experience and I always look forward to seeing which films will be chosen, so why not join in? And if your obscure picks are chosen, they will get a nice splash of publicity, which is always welcome.

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5 Replies to “Reminder: The Deadline to Nominate Titles for the National Film Registry is September 15”

  1. Thank you for the reminder and the link.

    *rubs hands together*
    This is going to be fun! I am so pleased that the nominating process is open to the public as well as film scholars, etc.

  2. Thanks for letting us know about this!
    I voted for some films that were the ‘first of’ (or earliest not-lost of) something:

    – Serpentine Dance (1895)

    – Ben Hur (1907)

    – Neptune’s Daughter (1914)

    – The Realization of a Negro’s Ambition (1916)

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