“REELpoetry/HoustonTX” 2020 is an international, curated, poetry film festival featuring artist cinepoetry, short documentaries and performance poetry videos. Occurring annually the last weekend in January, it will take place JANUARY 24-26, 2020. The Festival will also include workshops, live performances, talks, panel discussions, Q&A with poets and filmmakers. Come to meet international, national and local poets, film makers and artists, network and socialize, see and be seen. All screenings are centrally located and special hotel arrangements will be offered.

NOTE: Submissions in a language other than English must have an English translation of the poetry either presented in the film or as a written handout.

Judges Award $225 Cinepoetry
Audience Award $225 Cinepoetry

Judges Award $225 Poetry Short Documentary
Audience Award $225 Poetry Short Documentary

Audience Award $100 - Best Performance

REELpoetry 2020 is accepting film and video in three categories: (1) cinepoems (2) short poetry documentaries (3) spoken word videos. You are allowed up to 3 entries in each of the categories, each submitted separately, as follows:.

CINEPOEMS - 5 minutes max
Created by poets or filmmakers or artist collaborations.

May document the making of a poem, daily life of a poet, poetry event etc.

All cinepoems and documentaries must include closing credits on the screen, and provide up to 3 stills max. You will also need to provide a short (75 word max) statement and brief bio for both the poet and filmmaker( (60 word max))

SPOKEN WORD VIDEO - 3 minutes max
Video of live performance, slam
NOTE: Attendance required. At the Festival you will perform live with your video in the background with the sound turned off.

All submissions in a language other than English must have an English translation of the poetry either presented in the film or as a written handout.

By submitting to REELpoetry/Houston TX you acknowledge that work is yours, and that you have obtained permission(s) where required. You also agree to allow your work to be included in a curated series that will travel nationally and internationally.

NOTE: Public Poetry Members receive a 20% discount on the entry fee. Memberships start at $8/mo.
To join Public Poetry as a member go to: http://www.publicpoetry.net/membership-here/

Overall Rating
  • Vanessa Zimmer-Powell

    REELpoetry is a brand new cinema poetry festival. I really valued the hard work and care that went into getting this off the ground. I was also extremely impressed with the quality of the juried films! The festival is still working out its infancy bugs, but I will definitely be back. It inspired me to make more films!

    August 2019
  • Margo Stutts Toombs

    The first annual REELpoetry was a topnotch film festival! The screenings and workshops were professionally executed. I'm looking forward to future festivals.... Even more fabulous the second year!

    August 2019
  • Helmie Stil

    The selection of films and the festival is pretty good. But the communication was really bad. Nobody from the festival did let me know my film won the jury award , only 2 months later, when I read it on an other website (one about film poems) I asked the festival if my film won and that was the case. Really strange! They didn't contact me in any way. I had to contact them. In the end I got the prize.

    June 2019
  • Amazing festival, a wonderful opportunity to create and connect with a community of poets, poetry filmmakers!!! A grand thank you to the organizers for creating such a welcoming, rich opportunity!!!

    April 2019