The International Video Poetry Festival in Athens attempts to create an open public space for the creative expression of all tendencies and streams of contemporary visual poetry. The IVPF has been around since 2012. It is one of the largest international platform for video poetry. Every year, it offers poets, film directors, video artists and festival makers from all over the world a platform for creative exchange, brainstorming and meeting with a broad audience. With poetry readings, live performances, concerts, retrospectives, exhibitions, performances, workshops and lectures present in various sections the diversity of the genre of video poetry and spoken word music.

The International Video Poetry Festival happens in two different zones. The first day is the Show Room Video Poetry, a unique zone that will include video poems, visual poems, short film poems and cinematic poetry and performances by artists from all over the world (America, Asia, Europe, Africa). The second day is the Live Performance Zone with multimedia poetry readings, concerts with experimental music, workshops and spoken word lives.

Poets, filmmakers, video and digital artists, media and performance artists are called to submit creative works to The 10th Annual International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece. The festival celebrates and will screen a large scope of video projects developed through the medium of poetry. The International Video Poetry Festival will also host a series of panels, guest speakers, workshops, and public dialogues regarding film and video poetry. In addition to the screenings, programmers also curate a video art exhibition.

There are no restrictions regarding when the film was produced or if the film has premiered regionally or internationally. There are no restrictions on subject matter, theme, topic, or the language of origin. The International Video Poetry Festival will accept submissions of poetry films, filmpoems, digital-poetry, poetry video, Cin(E)-Poetry, spoken word films, videopoema, visual poetry, choreopoems, poetrinca, media poetry, and all films and videos that are driven visually by text or voice.

Live performances, video mapping, installation proposals, and grand-scale video art presentations that contain strong aspects of poetry are encouraged. The IVPF also calls for experimental film and video work that explores poetry or literature whether it be oral, written, visual, or symbolic. This includes non-narrative work and the avant-garde.

The IVPF strongly considers artwork that examines and challenges traditional visual communication methods while continuing to function as a tool for exploring poetry. The International Video Poetry Festival will consider documentaries that focus on poets, poems, poetry, poetic technique, literary movements, and historical events within these realms. The documentaries must have English or Greek subtitles.

The IVPF also calls for video work that explores poetry and literature whether it be oral, written, visual, or symbolic. This includes the film essay or cinematic essay, non-narrative work, and the avant-guard. We will also strongly consider work that challenges traditional and current visual communication methods while continuing to function as a mode for exploring narrative and personal expression.

Organizer and promoter of the International Video Poetry Festival are the Institute for Experimental Arts in co-operation with Void Network.

We would like to thank Dave Bonta from the influential video art site Moving Poems, a global site with the best video poems on the web that inspired us to create the International Video Poetry Festival in Athens and we cooperate since 2012 to spread out the announcement of the Festival each year so as to gather participations from all over the world.

Every year the committee of the Institute for Experimental Arts the 10 most outstanding video poems of the annual festival. Τhe committee is composed of the official member of the nonprofit cultural society Institute for Experimental Arts.

Deadline: All submissions must be submitted, emailed, or postmarked no later than 10 March, 2022.

One project title per submission form is allowed. All languages are allowed (including English or Greek subtitles)

Rules & Terms

The Institute for Experimental Arts announces the CALL OUT for the 10th International Video Poetry Festival. Artwork based on poems and not longer than 20 minutes can be submitted. All languages are allowed. From the submissions, a program committee makes the artwork selection for the festival program. A jury made up of representatives from the fields of poetry, film and media will select the video poems. The 10th International Video Poetry Festival will not offer notes or feedback on any submitted films or projects. No revisions will be accepted once an entry has been received. Once payment has been processed, IVPF will not provide a refund. All decisions made by the committee will be final, and no refund of the submission fee will be provided.

ALL ENTRIES must be subtitled in English or in Greek. In the event that the submitted project is accepted for inclusion within the 10th International Video Poetry Festival the submitter agrees to provide each of the following rights to The 9th International Video Poetry Festival without reservations, conditions, or qualifications:
(a) the right to use footage, stills, and information from or relating to the project for promotional purposes
(b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the project and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information.

The IVPF will announce the 2022 program selection on May, 2022.
The 10th International Video Poetry Festival will take place on May 2022.

The International Video Poetry Festival is a project of the Institute for Experimental Arts in cooperation with Void Network in Athens / Greece.
If you have any questions : theinstitutecontact(at)
Process Submission Fee
Deadline for all submissions is March 10, 2022.
Submission fee is 6 euro per video, or media project.

We accept submission only by the platform FilmFreeway

If you want to propose us a performance, lecture or any other idea – you are very welcome to send them in the following email theinstitutecontact [@]

Overall Rating
  • Mayuri Bhandari

    Sissy (the Director of this organization) is one of the kindest, sweetest, & most generous people you will ever meet - her sister Penelope too! Sissy, Tashos, and their team were beyond accommodating and bring artists from all over the world together. It is amazing that this is a volunteer run event and has been since its inception 10 years ago. It is one of the first video poetry film festivals if not the first. Sissy is extremely conscious not only of all the artists' work, but also in assisting with logistics for international artists to be able to attend the event in person. Sissy truly went above and beyond; she cares about each individual- and as an artist herself, puts strong work forward. She even went out of her way to be mindful of my family and make sure they felt comfortable. At the 4 Day Event, you interact with other poets/filmmakers in workshops and also have the opportunity to participate in a live performance version of your piece. It is quite wonderful to watch the artists (like myself) perform poems live in their theater space in addition to the film being screened separately. This was a special moment for my family and I as my poem & film BINDI involved my mother & culture/background while my family was able to see my work live for the first time with everyone else.
    The Festival tone is very chill, open, and available for all to come and go as they please. It may seem informal, but it is true to its origins & purpose.

    November 2022
  • Many thanks for the interest and support. Good wishes for your festival

    October 2022
  • Mathieu St-Pierre

    Great festival, absolutely professional!
    Would luv to participate again in the near future.

    October 2022
  • Luiza Romão

    I strongly recommend participating in the festival! It was one of the most incredible artistic experiences of my life: four days of very intense exchanges, with the participation of artists from different parts of the world who develop works that mix poetry, cinema, performance, animation, dance, music and much more! Furthermore, the organizers are very affectionate, hospitable and committed to the video poetry community.

    October 2022
  • Maede Jenab

    This festival was all good and authentique. the organizers are very engaged to this festival and its meaning. it was a place to meet so many artists from all over the world and watch their works.

    October 2022