Directory of Poetry Film Festivals

The great thing about making a poetry film is that you can enter it into as many poetry film competitions and festivals as you like. Here are details of the O’Bhéal poetry film competition:

Ó Bhéal
Location: Cork, Ireland
Annual since 2010

The IndieCork festival of independent film and music.

2017 is Ó Bhéal’s eighth year screening International poetry-films, and fifth year featuring an International competition. Up to thirty films will be shortlisted and screened during the festival in October. One winner will receive the Indie Cork / Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film prize.

Judges: filmmaker Shaun O’Connor & poet-artist Lani O’Hanlon

Deadline for submissions is the 31st of August 2017.

And here’s a list of other new and ongoing festivals:

Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival
Location: Vienna, Austria
Originally annual, now biannual, since 2009

Backup_festival: Weimar Poetry Film Award
Location: Weimar, Germany
Annual since 2016

Ciné Poème – Festival de courts métrages (Facebook page)
Location: Bezons, France
Annual since 2011

CYCLOP International Videopoetry Festival (Facebook page)
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Annual since 2011

Festival de la poésie de Montréal: Rendez-vous vidéo-poésie
Location: Montreal
Annual since 2014

Filmpoem Festival
Location: various, but mostly Scotland
Annual since 2013

International Poetry Film Festival
Location: Athens, Greece
Annual since 2012

Juteback Poetry Film Festival
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Revived in 2017; 2012 and 2013 as The Body Electric Poetry Film Festival

Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival
Location: Bristol, UK
Since 2012

Oslo poesifilm
Location: Oslo, Norway
Annual since 2009

Location: various, UK
Multiple screening events each year since 2002

Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Annual since 2014

Sadho Poetry Film Fest
Location: New Delhi (and touring other Indian cities)
Biannual since 2007

Location: Barcelona
Annual since 2015

VideoBardo International Festival of Videopoetry
Location: Buenos Aires
Biannual since 1996 (skipped 2010)

VISIBLE VERSE Videopoetry Festival
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Annual since 1999 (hiatus in 2016)

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (Facebook page)
Location: Münster (Berlin through 2014)
Biannual since 2002

Belief in Magic by Dean Young

A poet after my own heart. One who always wants to ‘put everything in.’


Belief in Magic

How could I not?
Have seen a man walk up to a piano
and both survive.
Have turned the exterminator away.
Seen lipstick on a wine glass not shatter the wine.
Seen rainbows in puddles.
Been recognized by stray dogs.
I believe reality is approximately 65% if.
All rivers are full of sky.
Waterfalls are in the mind.
We all come from slime.
Even alpacas.
I believe we’re surrounded by crystals.
Not just Alexander Vvedensky.
Maybe dysentery, maybe a guard’s bullet did him in.
I believe there are many kingdoms left.
The Declaration of Independence was written with a feather.
A single gem has throbbed in my chest my whole life
even though
even though this is my second heart.
Because the first failed,
such was its opportunity.
Was cut out in pieces and incinerated.
I asked.
And so was denied the chance to regard my own heart
in a jar.
Strange tangled imp.
Wee sleekit in red brambles.
You know what it feels like to hold
a burning piece of paper, maybe even
trying to read it as the flames get close
to your fingers until all you’re holding
is a curl of ash by its white ear tip
yet the words still hover in the air?
That’s how I feel now.