The 2023 Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest is pleased to provide a platform for word-based solid performances with the skillful expression of thoughts, emotions, feelings, anxieties, or humor.

Monologues & Poetry International is offering two screening events; a Live Screening event and combined Open-Mic will take place during the 2024 International Poetry Month, in Vallejo, CA, and an online screening on December 16th, 2023. Winners will be announced at the end of the Event.

Films selected for screening will be announced on social media sites and included on our website. The screening reels may also be shown on Vallejo Community Access Television and additional community access television stations. See notes under Rules & Terms. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Categories Include:

Best Monologue/Soliloquy - Under 10 minutes
Best Spoken-Word/Poetry - Under 10 minutes

Long Version Monologues and Poetry - A maximum of 20 minutes.

*New Youth Category
Best Monologues/Poetry - Under 10 minutes
Must Be Under 17 years old to submit in this category.

We want submitters to think outside the box, use imagination, and be creative. Monologues & Poetry International accepts Monologues, Soliloquies, and Spoken-Word Performances.

Our festival offers jury awards in the form of a trophy for First Place Winners, U.S. residents only. We do not ship trophies outside of the U.S. No Exceptions!

Electronic certificates will be provided for any First Place Winner residing outside of the United States unless you have a United States postal address to receive your trophy. Winners are chosen by industry professionals, including Directors of Film, Poets, Casting Directors, and Actors. Jurors' bios can be found under the photos tab or on the website at

Award categories are subject to change and may include a cash prize for Best of Festival. The Monologues International Film Fest reserves the right to move a monologue to a category we feel more appropriate or believe is not representative of the submission age group.

Monologues, Soliloquies, Spoken-Word Performances up to 10 minutes.
Longer Version Category - A maximum of 30 minutes. A limited selection of long version performance pieces will be included.

There is no time limit by which the monologues must have been completed. You may submit as often as you like; however, a separate fee is required per each submission.

We accept local, national, and international monologues. The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles that are easily readable.

No sexually explicit, inappropriate, or foul language. All monologues should be family-friendly.

Online screeners only, uploaded directly to FilmFreeway or linked to YouTube or Vimeo via FilmFreeway. Monologue submissions must be at least 720p or better; however, 1080p is preferred.


Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) storytelling, (2) visual communication (body language, tone, etc.), (3) Creativity in presentation (4) delivery.

Entry fees are non-refundable, including non-refundable for monologues not selected to screen.

The Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest will NOT be able to help defray the costs of travel and lodging for those out of the area wishing to attend a live event.

Selections are final and are the decision of Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest and are not subject to appeal.

Winning monologues will screen at a live event in conjunction with The International KidsNFilm Festival.

A private pay-to-attend online screening will take place within 30-45 days after the live screening. In the event of COVID-related delays or cancellations, we will present the online screening only.

Winners will be announced at the end of the live screen and/or at the end of the online screening. Winners will also be featured on the website and will receive publicity enhancement via social media push. Winning monologues will also screen on Vallejo Community Access Television and other local cable access stations. High-scoring monologues that are non-trophy winners may also be highlighted on the website.

The rules herein are subject to change without prior notice; however, we will make reasonable efforts in informing submitters of any change. We do not guarantee and do not assume that such intimation will be given. It is your responsibility to regularly visit this page to understand, comply, and be notified of any change in rules and guidelines.

Submitters agree to read and accept the rules & regulations for participation. Youth under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian submit on their behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor submitting a monologue, you understand and acknowledge that you agree to the terms of this festival on behalf of your child or child whom you are legally designated as Guardian and that you are allowing your child's monologue to appear on our website. The length of time monologues appear on the website is solely at the discretion of Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest.

Overall Rating
  • Glad to have PASSAGE as finalist in Monologues & Poetry Festival, thank you so much, it was a great experience!!

    February 2023
  • very nice online presentation for this festival that takes on a greatly overlooked niche of monologues & poetry! Happy to be selected this year for my "Seduction of Distance" monologue (on youtube) and I've got something planned to enter in 2023! Thanks! - MIKE

    December 2022
  • Alexis Krasilovsky

    Thank you to the Monologues and Poetry International Film Festival for having included my film, "The Parking Lot of Dreams," in your Saturday morning screening - and for allowing it to be accessible on-line through today (12/19). It was great to see some of what other poetry filmmakers are doing - especially Stephanie Reid, whom I just met here on-line at the festival, but who has already introduced me to the brilliant short film, "Rio Grande," by Enrique Cabrera, with whom Stephanie sometimes collaborates. Thanks also for giving me the opportunity to discuss the making of "The Parking Lot of Dreams" during the Q&A, as well as the chance to share a poem from my book, "Watermelon Linguistics: New and Selected Poems," which includes poems from the soundtracks of several of my poetry films. (Please see for more information.) The festival organizer, moderator and host, Jacalyn Evone, is a poet herself, and she's really on our wave-length! Congratulations to all of the filmmakers! Lots of interesting work at this festival from a wide variety of poets from many different countries.

    December 2022
  • Margo Stutts Toombs

    This was a beautiful film festival.

    December 2022
  • Chandel White

    So very pleased that “Dolphins In The Shower” and “Movie Horses” were chosen as official selections. The year couldn’t have ended any better. Thank you M&P IFF for celebrating visual poetry like you do!

    December 2022