Verse meets visuals in motion during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.
Northwest Film Forum is soliciting video poetry for inclusion in Cadence Video Poetry Festival, with selected submissions screening in April 2024. Each selected video poem will receive an artist payment.
Video poetry is language as light. As an art form, video poetry is lucid and liminal—on the threshold of the literary and the moving image. It articulates the poetic image visually, rather than metaphorically—it shifts words from page to screen, from ink to light. A video poem makes meaning that would not exist if text was without image, image without text. It is language-based video work or a video-based poem. Video poetry is a literary genre presented as visual media.
We are looking for works that fit within the following categories:
• Video Poetry: Visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. We welcome: Collaborations between video artists and writers; video by poets creating video from, or as, their writing; video artists creating poetic meaning through visual or aural text; and beyond. Any poems used for adaptations of pre-existing poetry must be in the public domain or else used with written consent of the author.
• Wild Card: Video work that’s poetically informed or poetry that’s visually informed that doesn’t neatly fit into the video poetry category.
Cadence Video Poetry Festival is presented by NWFF and programmed in collaboration with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and Rana San.
Banner Image: "Black Paint" (dir. Hanan Diriye)
Square Image: "corps minéral" (dir. Charline Dally & Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin)
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Founded in Seattle in 1995 as an independent film and arts nonprofit, Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. Each year the Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions. As a comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. More information is available at nwfilmforum.org.
Each selected video poem will receive an artist fee.
Video poems will be eligible for awards within categories to be determined by the jury.
Award winners will be announced at the April screenings.
Jury members TBA!
Submission deadline: February 5
1. We welcome submissions in all languages. As the judging will be by English speakers, we ask that films in other languages contain English subtitles. If a barrier to understanding language is part of the concept of your video poem, we will respect the stylistic choices of the artist and honor the piece in its authentic form.
2. While we tend to encourage submissions under 5 minutes including credits, we are always open to considering longer works, including features. If it's living at the intersection of poetry and moving image, send it our way!
3. If your film has subtitles, captions, and/or audio descriptions available, please provide these as a .srt or .vtt file (if they’re burned in, that is fine!). If your film does not have captions, we will offer you resources to create an accessible experience for audiences.
4. All submissions will receive notification no later than March 15, 2023.
5. If selected for screening at the festival, the filmmaker will be required to submit the following:
• Brief film synopsis
• Credits for director(s) + writer(s)
• 1-2 high-resolution film stills
• 1920x1080 h.264 film exhibition copy
• Caption/subtitle file either burned in or as .srt or .vtt
6. By submitting a film to Cadence Video Poetry Festival, you certify that:
• You are the owner of the film you have submitted or you have full authority to submit the film to the festival.
• This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
• This film is your original work and you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Northwest Film Forum and its employees, volunteers and board of directors individually and collectively, from and against all claims, complaints, causes of action, liabilities, judgments, losses, costs and expenses including reasonable attorneys fees arising out of or in connection with any and all claims and/or third party claims based on materials you are submitting to the festival.