Event: November 2020

Thu 19/11/20
Sun 22/11/20


ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020

Event-Picture: ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020


From 19 to 22 November, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival will be presenting the International Competition to find the Best Poetry Films online, as well as a programme of films and poetry with the country focus on Canada/Québec.  

Over the Festival weekend (19.–22.11.) the Competition films, the Focus on Canada/Québec, the readings and the Festival Poem will be going online, framed by the Opening and the Awards Ceremony. The film programme for children and young people will be shown in Berlin schools. The Master Class with Tom Konyves will be taking place via Zoom. The other film programmes will be uploaded in stages after the Festival.

The Opening and Awards Ceremonies and the readings will be publicly streamed via Facebook, YouTube and haus-fuer-poesie.org. In addition, for just € 7.99 you can purchase access to all the Festival’s film programmes as Video-on-Demand from Vimeo. Each programme will stay online for four weeks.


The programme



THURS 19.11. | 8 pm | Live stream on YouTube, Facebook & #kanalfuerpoesie

The Festival is celebrating its opening with a preview in film of the highlights and programme focus areas. There will be readings by poets Kinga Toth and TJ Dema, with music by Canadian artist Stephen Paul Taylor. Hosted by Gesa Ufer.



FRI 20.11.–SUN 20.12 | as Video on Demand from Vimeo

Programme I: Precious Memories

Programme II: Animated Poetry

SAT 21.11.–MON 21.12. | as Video on Demand from Vimeo

Programme III: Critical Society

Programme IV: Human Dignity

Some 2,000 films from more than 100 countries have been submitted this year. From these, the Programme Committee have nominated 34 for the Competition. 



Short Films

SAT 21.11.–MON 21.12. | as Video on Demand from Vimeo

The country focus this year is on Canada and Québec – with a programme of short films selected from this year’s submissions.



SUN 22.11. | 2.30 pm | Live stream on YouTube, Facebook & #kanalfuerpoesie

Following the ZEBRA’s call for entries, film makers have made film versions of this year’s Festival Poem, Lethe, by Batswana poet TJ Dema. The makers of the three best film versions have been invited – Thelma Tunyi and Shanley Fermin (USA), Aleksandra Łojowska (Poland) and Emilia Strzałka (Poland).



SUN 22.11. | 6 pm | Zoom meeting, registration via zebra@haus-fuer-poesie.org

In his Master Class Canadian pioneer of video poetry Tom Konyves will be giving an insight into his artistic process and explaining what makes a video poem.



FRI 20.11. | 7.30 pm + SAT 21.11. | 7.30 pm

| Live stream on YouTube, Facebook & #kanalfuerpoesie

Eight poets from Germany and Canada/Québec, whose poems are the basis of films in this year’s Festival, will on two evenings be reading their work and talking to Daniela Seel about film versions of poems and their own poetic image worlds. On Friday, the poets reading will be Janet Rogers, Louise Dupré; Dean Ruddock and Kinga Toth, and on Saturday Thunderclaw Robinson; Marie Andrée Gill, Ulrike Draesner and Hannah Schraven.



SUN 22.11. | 8 pm | Live stream on YouTube, Facebook & #kanalfuerpoesie

On Sunday the Jury – poet Maren Kames, poet and video producer Tom Konyves and Martina Nix, film editor at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) – will be awarding four prizes with a total value of € 12,000: the ZEBRA Prize for the Best Poetry Film, donated by the Haus für Poesie, the Goethe Film Prize, donated by the Goethe Institute, the Prize for the Best Film for Tolerance, donated by the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Ritter Sport Film Prize, donated by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG. Musical accompaniment throughout the evening will be provided by Canadian multi-instrumentalist Miles Perkin. The evening will be hosted by Knut Elstermann



FRI 20.11.–SUN 20.12. | in Berlin schools



In the ZEBRINO Competition, the Best Poetry Film for Children and Young People is chosen. The kids can vote for their favourite films.


Sorcerers’ Apprentices in the Moor of Horrors – a programme of ballads

Goethe, Heine, Droste-Hülshoff: this programme, tailored to the curriculum for years 5 to 7 in Berlin, shows six poetry films based on ballads from the 18th and 19th Centuries.



from 23.11. as Video on Demand from Vimeo | each programme online for 4 weeks

To accompany the Competition, the Festival will be giving an insight into the diversity of the poetry film scene from classical Modernism to current college productions, featuring 20 programmes with 250 animations, feature films and experimental films as well as documentaries. The thematic focus areas include human rights, feminism and eco poetry.


Video on Demand | € 7,99  | each programme will be online for 4 weeks
More Information

in free live streams on YouTube, Facebook & #kanalfuerpoesie


The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is hosted by the Haus für Poesie. It is sponsored by funding from the Land Berlin / the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, and gratefully acknowledges the kind support of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG, interfilm Berlin and the Austrian Cultural Forum. The Canada/Québec Focus is part of Canada’s culture program as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020/21 and is supported by the Government of Canada (Embassy of Canada) and the Government of Québec (Delegation of the Government of Québec). It is presented by taz, Berliner Fenster, Berliner Filmfestivals and EXBERLINER.

Entrance fee:
7,99 € VoD