Submissions for the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

Since 2002 the international ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival has been taking place every two years. In 2019, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is inviting entries for its first competition to find the best poetry films from Germany! Eligible for entry are short films (co-) produced in Germany in or after 2016, 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 German 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, ‘*** [dieses regionale getreide]’ ([native vegetation a natural resource]) by the poet Daniel Falb. 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 together with translations can be found here.

Closing date for entries: 15. July 2019 (date as postmark)

Conditions of participation and registration form: ZEBRA-2019-entry-form.pdf

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The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is organized by the Haus für Poesie.