Together with guests, filmmakers and poets, we celebrate the kick-off of the 7th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. 29 film contestants in the international competition for the four jury prizes, with a total value of €12,000. As well as this, the Radioeins Audience Jury Prize will be awarded, and the ZEBRINO Prize fur the best poetry film for children.
More than 770 Submissions from 70 countries were sent in for the 7th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. The Programme Commission nominated 29 of them for the competition. Four prizes will be given out this year by the three-person, international jury: the »ZEBRA Prize for the Best Poetry Film«, sponsored by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, the »Goethe Film Prize«, sponsored by the Goethe Institute, the »Ritter Sport Film Prize«, sponsored by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, as well as the »Prize for the Best Film for Tolerance«, sponsored by the Foreign Office. The prizes have a total value of €12,000.
Up in Northern Europe remarkable things have been happening in the world of poetry and film. Filmmakers in search of the perfect poem can take their pick, thanks to the rich contemporary Norwegian poetry scene. In the process, impressive films are appearing, above all animations. Likewise, the creative publishing scene – from small press to market leader – is approaching the poetry film as a contemporary means of distributing poetry.
This year, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival once again takes children and youth on poetic expeditions. They don’t just award their own film prize, but will also once again work on a film themselves. The poetry film workshop for students in class level 4–6 takes place in the run-up to the festival. After a writing workshop, an animated film of the self-composed poems is created under instruction from media educators. For the first time this year there will be a poetry film programme for families on the weekend, in which the workshop film will also be screened. The festival is also offering professional development for teachers again. Accompanied by media educators, instructors and filmmakers, participants can try out ways of introducing poetry films to the classroom in order to promote poetry.