The Poetry Film Festival is international and for shorts -- under 20 Minutes --Screening Official Selections in Los Angeles, California, near Venice Beach. The festival will welcome only poem-based short films in Narrative, Animation, Documentary and Experimental. For information and examples please go to our website. Screening will take place at Beyond Baroque, a physical literary and theater venue in Venice, California. Later in June 2023, the festival will be on-line with winners only. More information will be forthcoming.

Judges are from many backgrounds in the arts. They award prizes in each category. These awards are limited to Best, Finalist, and Honorable Mention, depending on the number in the Official Selections in each category.

The Directors will give an award -- The Director's Choice.
There may also be Audience Award, also, depending on the response through both in the venue and on-line.

Directors will determine category, if it is not apparent, or it seems confusing.

All winners will receive a laurel. Certificates are available on demand.

Poems and music must be copyright safe/legal.
Visuals may not contain gratuitous violence, nor pornography. They also may not be promotional in nature for a political or a religious party. This does not exclude spiritually driven poems or any political issue deemed important for a culture or country.

The directors will make all final decisions on Official Selection, or categories.

Films must be shorts under 20 minutes. Credits may extend 30 seconds. Films may have been screened before at another festival or on a site, but must have been created within 4 years.

All films must have English subtitles. All poems must be included in their entirety on FilmFreeway's space for Description or Overview. They do not have to be a whole poem, just what is in the film.
For the festival, poems may be available on-line.

Credits count! All music must be credited. Original Score, MUST say ORIGINAL SCORE and have the composer's name. Original Scores may be judged independently. If they don't say Original Score they may get passed over for judging. Just saying "Composer, or "Composed by" does not complete the task. If MUST say Original Score to be judged as such.

Overall Rating
  • tommy anderson

    Great Opportunity and communication during such an odd time for our industry. Glad to be chosen and to be a part. Thanks for the acknowledgements!!

    May 2022
  • gaele sobott

    We were delighted that our short animation, AstroTurf, was screened at the Poetry Film Festival. It's terrific to see a festival that appreciates and explores the possibilities that combining poetry and film engenders.

    May 2022
  • Robertie Valee

    I am really happy to have been selected in this Festival. Great communication, very professional. The only regret, not to have been present, I hope next time.

    May 2022
  • Honored to have work included in this screening.

    May 2022
  • Alan Semerdjian

    I appreciate why this festival is attempting to make space for and, especially, the communication from the director. Grateful to have been part of the experience.

    May 2022