The 12th edition of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival will take place from the 25th to 28th of November 2021 at the Urania Berlin.
Around 1500 films have been submitted this year from more than 90 countries. From these, the Programme Committee, whose members are Carla Cerda (poet), Heinz Hermanns (interfilm Berlin), Sunčica Šido (coordinator of the culture programme of Goethe-Institut Belgrade), Heiko Strunk (lyrikline.org) and Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel (ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival) has nominated 34 films for the Competition. A jury of experts in the fields of film, poetry and media will then announce the winning films at an awards ceremony on 28 November. The Best Poetry Film for Children will be awarded the ZEBRINO Audience Prize.
As well as the Competition, there will be 15 accompanying programmes of films featuring 180 animations, feature films, experimental films and documentaries providing an insight into the diversity of the poetry film scene. Besides France, thematic focus areas include mental health, nature and city development and reflections on poetry. What is more, ZEBRA will show the best film versions of this year’s festival poem, „going to Pasárgada“ by Odile Kennel. To round off the programme, there will be readings by poets from Germany and France as well as a programme of workshops and films for children and young people.
Programme and advance ticket sales online from the beginning of November at haus-fuer-poesie.org
THU 25 Nov – SUN 28 Nov 2021
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival
URANIA Berlin, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin
The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival has been around since 2002. It was the first and is the largest international platform for short films based on poetry - the poetry films. Every year, 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 programmes, poetry readings, retrospectives, exhibitions, performances, workshops, colloquia, lectures and a children's programme, it presents in various sections the diversity of the genre of poetry film.
The festival has grown steadily since its foundation in 2002. Around 2,000 entries from over 100 countries were submitted to the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020. In recent years, the festival has been hosted in nearly 50 countries around the world. The best poetry films are presented regularly in the program of the Haus für Poesie, including in the monthly series ZEBRA-Poesiefilmclub.