FREE Poetry Film Competition


Here’s O’Bhéal’s lovely little poetry film competition that I URGE you to support. The competition is FREE! You have about eight weeks before the deadline. Why not have a go at portraying your poem – or someone else’s – visually?

Here’s the blurb on their website:
2018 is Ó Bhéal’s ninth year screening International poetry-films, and sixth year featuring this competition. Up to thirty films will be shortlisted and screened during the festival in October. One winner will receive the Indie Cork / Ó Bhéal prize for best Poetry-Film.

The festival takes place between the dates of the 7th and the 14th October, 2018.
Entry is free to anyone, and should be made via email to poetryfilm [at] – including the following info in an attached word document:
• Name and duration of Film
• Name of director
• Country of origin
• Contact details
• Name of Poet
• Name of Poem
• Synopsis
• Filmmaker biography
• and a Link to download a high-resolution version of the film.

You may submit as many entries as you like. Films must interpret, or convey a poem which must be present in its entirety, having been completed no earlier than August 2016. They may not exceed 10 minutes in duration. Non-English language films will require English subtitles. The final shortlist will be announced here during September.

Shortlisted films also appear in Ó Bhéal’s poetry-film touring programme, at a number of film and literary festivals, to date including the Clare Island Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Stanzas in Limerick, the Cyclops festival in Kiev, Poemaria in Vigo and at the Madeira Literary Festival (2018). Shortlisted entries are also screened throughout the year from Ó Bhéal’s competition shortlist archive (in random), at the start of each Ó Bhéal poetry evening.
This year’s entries are judged by filmaker Oonagh Kearney and poet Anamaria Crowe Serrano.
The submission deadline is August 15th, 2018.

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