Call for entries for the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2022


In 2022, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is inviting entries for the International Poetry Film Competition! Eligible for entry are short films, based on poems of no more than 15 minutes duration, produced in or after 2021. All languages are allowed. The competition winners will be awarded prize money. A program committee will select films for the International Competition and for all other festival programs. The winning films will be chosen by a jury composed of representatives from the worlds of poetry, film, and media.

Open Call for for film adaptations of the festival poem

In addition to the international competition and the ZEBRINO competition, we also invite submissions based on this year's festival poem, THE HAIRCUT by poet Georg Leß. The poem can be found in text, in audio recordings, and in translation at This poem is only to be used and filmed as part of this call for submissions.

This special prize (which will not provide prize money) will be awarded in addition to the main prizes. We will invite the three best film adaptations’ directors to Berlin, where they will be able to present their films and speak with the poet.

Travel and accommodation in Berlin for the three selected directors will be paid for by the Festival.

The 2022 Festival Poem is THE HAIRCUT, by the poet Georg Leß. The poem in text, recording, and in translation is provided by, the expansive online poetry archive.

Closing date for entries: 1 August 2022 (postmark date)

Conditions of participation and entry form:

The link to the Festival Poem can be found here:

(The Festival Poem may only be used for filming associated with this call for submissions. For any further use at other festivals and platforms, filmmakers must first clear the rights with the rights holders.)

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The 13th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival runs from 3rd to 6th of November 2022 in the Kino in der KulturBrauerei and in the Haus für Poesie. It is the largest international platform for poetry film worldwide. Since 2002 it offers poets, film and festival makers from all over the world a platform for creative exchange, brainstorming and meeting with a broad audience. With a competition, film programs, poetry readings, retrospectives, exhibitions, performances, workshops, colloquia, lectures and a children's program, it presents in various sections the diversity of the genre of poetry film.

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is hosted by the Haus für Poesie in cooperation with Kino in der KulturBrauerei. 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 Goethe-Institut, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG and interfilm Berlin.