Call for entries for the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020

In 2020, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is inviting entries for the International Competition to find the best poetry films! Eligible for entry are short films produced in or after 2018, which are based on poems and are no more than 20 minutes in duration. All languages are allowed. The competition winners will be awarded prize money.

A programme committee will select films for the International Competition and for all the other festival programmes from among the entries. The winning films will be chosen by a jury comprising representatives from the worlds of poetry, film and media. ZEBRA is also inviting you to make a film interpretation of this year’s Festival Poem, “LETHE” by the poet TJ Dema. The directors of the three best film interpretations will be chosen by the programme committee and invited to come to Berlin where they will have the opportunity to present their films at the festival and discuss them with the poet.

The Festival Poem may be used only for the purpose of film interpretation within the scope of this call for entries. For any other use at other festivals or on other platforms, etc. the film makers must obtain the rights from the rights holders. Text and audio of the poem can be found here

Closing date for entries: 1. July 2020 (date as postmark)

Conditions of participation and registration form

Questions? - Contact us via zebra(at)haus-fuer-poesie.org

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The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is organized by the Haus für Poesie in co-operation with interfilm Berlin and CineStar Kino in der KulturBrauerei. With the kind support of the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.