On Sunday, three awards worth a total of 9000 € and an audience award were presented at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival's awards ceremony. The international poetry film festival took place from 12 to 15 October at Haus für Poesie and Kino in der Kulturbrauerei.
An international jury comprising Rosa Maria Hopp (editorial director MDR), Federico Italiano (poet) and Maria Mohr (filmmaker and film educator) awarded three awards of 3000 € each. For the competition, 25 poetry films were selected from about 1,200 entries from over 90 countries.
The 2023 ZEBRA Prize for the Best International Poetry Film (donated by Haus für Poesie) went to Fitzgerald & Rimini – D Frou Bovary de Porrentruy by Yannick Mosimann from Switzerland, with a poem by Ariane von Graffenried.
The Goethe Film Award – Borders (donated by Goethe-Institut) went to Kin ma belle by Junior Mozese from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who is also author of the poem the film is based on.
The 2023 Ritter Sport Film Award (donated by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG) went to Legs by Jennifer Still, Christine Fellows and Chantel Mierau from Canada, based on a poem by Jennifer Still.
Two special mentions were given by the jury.
The first one is a special mention of the Goethe Film Award for Satane Sefid by Shiva Sadegh Asadi from Iran, both director and author of the poem the film is based on.
The second one is a special mention of the Ritter Sport Film Award for Meanwhile, somewhere in the state of Colorado by the Italian Gloria Regonesi, based on a poem by Simon Armitage.
The ZEBRino Poetry Film Festival audience also awarded an audience award.
The 2023 ZEBRino Award for the Best Poetry Film for children and youth was awarded to Abri by Julie Daravan Chea from France, based on a poem by Esther Granek.
A special mention was given to the film Swallows love by Mariya Onishckenko from the Ukraine, based on the Volkslied Shum.