“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
  • Fiona Tinwei Lam

    I wasn't able to attend this year's festival but heard that it was wonderful, especially because of the presenters (including Dave Bonta, Mary McDonald, Sarah Tremlett) and the range of poetry videos screened (with audience discussion between sets of poetry videos). Interaction and informal engagement was high, I heard. I was very honoured to find out that my short poetry video won the Judges' Award this year.

    February 2020
  • Caroline Rumley

    Though I didn't get to attend the event, it looks to have been very robust, with thematic programming as well as a general selection of poetry films. The curators are well-known and respected in the field and the director was very easy to communicate with.

    February 2020
  • I wasn't able to attend, but like many indie filmmakers, my films get to go more places than me. I was very impressed with their communication and enthusiasm. I wish I could have attended; I'm sure it was great!

    February 2020
  • 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