An international jury consisting of Hinemoana Baker (poet and musician, Germany/New Zealand), Doris Hepp (freelance editor and lecturer, Germany) and Delphine Maury (animated film producer, France) awarded the four prizes worth 3000 euros each. 30 poetry films produced worldwide competed for the titles.
The ZEBRA Award for the Best International Poetry Film 2021 (donated by the House of Poetry) went to THIS FILM IS CALLED BREAKING BERT FOR LEGAL REASONS by Berlin-based filmmaker Anne Isensee for her adaptation of the Bertolt Brecht poem "Wer zu Hause bleibt".
The jury also gave an honourable mention to GET A LIFE by Paul Bogaert and Jan Peeters (Belgium), based on the former's poem "Is it what we want?" (original Dutch "Is het dat wat we willen?").
The Goethe Film Prize - Cultures of Equality 2021 (sponsored by the Goethe-Institut) was won by THEM PEOPLE by Nausheen Javed (Germany/India) for the film adaptation of her own poem with the same title.
The jury also gave an honourable mention to LESBIAN. by Rosemary Baker (Wales), based on the poem of the same name by Lisa Luxx.
The Ritter Sport Film Award 2021 (donated by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG) went to COLOUR STUDY by Anthem Jackson (Canada) for its adaptation of the poem of the same name by Chelene Knight, Charles Demers and Shazia Hafiz Ramji.
The jury also gave an honourable mention to "ER CÒLLERA MÒRIBBUS" Conversazione all'Osteria di piazza della Gensola by Katia Franco and Matteo De Laurentiis (Italy). The film is based on the poem of the same name by Gioacchino Belli, written in 1835 during a cholera lockdown.
The prize for the best film for Tolerance 2021 (donated by the German Foreign Office) was won by Yuri Muraoka from Japan for TRANSPARENT, I AM. for the film adaptation of her poem of the same name.
In addition, the audience of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival awarded an audience prize:
The ZEBRINO Award for the best poetry film for children and young people 2021 was awarded to Kinder machen Kurzfilm! for the film Ichsoerso. It was produced by the film education initiative with children from class 5b of the Puschkinschule Angermünde and is based on the poem of the same name by Arne Rautenberg. "We chose the film because it shows a lot of children going for a walk together, playing cake fight and rapping," was one of the reasons given by the audience jury consisting of a 4th grade class from the Allegro Primary School, Berlin-Tiergarten, for their choice.