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Open Call Zebra Poetry Film Festival

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin is the largest international platform for poetry film worldwide. The organisers are looking for entries for the best international poetry films competition and for interpretations of this year’s festival poem “going to Pasárgada” by the poet Odile Kennel.

International short films produced from 1 January 2020, which are based on poems and are no longer than 20 minutes can be submitted until 1 July. The winning films will be selected by a jury comprising international representatives from the worlds of poetry, film and media. The competition winners will be awarded prize money.

The festival organisers are invinting filmmakers to submit a film interpretation of this year’s festival poem “going to Pasárgada” by the poet Odile Kennel that was created as a response to the short documentary film “O poeta do castelo” (literally: The Poet of the Castle) by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade (1932–1988) about the Brazilian poet Manuel Bandeira (1886–1968). The directors of the three best film interpretations will be chosen by the programme committee and invited to come to Berlin where they will get the opportunity to present their films at the festival and discuss them with Odile Kennel. More information about the competitions can be found here.

The 12th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival will take place on 25 - 28 November 2021 in the Urania Berlin. It is is hosted by the Haus für Poesie in cooperation with Urania Berlin. In recent years, the festival has been hosted in nearly 50 countries around the world. 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.