This invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming a high temperature superconducting film on a tape substrate. In this invention, the superconducting film is deposited on the tape substrate wound around a cylindrical substrate holder inserted in an auxiliary chamber. The holder rotates during the whole deposition process. Vapors of film materials are supplied from a main chamber through an opening between the two chambers. According to the present invention, it is possible to form a highly uniform high temperature superconducting film on a tape substrate at high speeds suitable for large scale production. The manufacturing speed can easily be controlled by the size of the substrate holder.