POETRY in combination with film and video propels “REELpoetry/HoustonTX” 2022, an international, curated, hybrid poetry film festival taking place online and in person FEBRUARY 25-27, 2022 We explore this genre with poets, videograpers and filmmakers working solo or collaboratively, on a cell phone or in a studio, with new or remixed or previously created work. We're inviting open submissions in three separate categories, and also featuring screenings from invited guest curators, films about poets or a particular poem, as well as Q&A with poets, videographers and filmmakers, workshops, live readings, panel discussions, and more.

This year’s poetry film/ video festival invites responses to the concept of CHANGE. What's changed and what's not. How change operates. Changes you experience in your own life personally. How our world has changed. Changes in nature, to the environment. Political change. Changes in time and space.

REELpoetry/HoustonTX is a project of Public Poetry (publicpoetry.net).

Prizes will be awarded in each category.


• Entries may either be brand-new or pre-existing work, or a repurposed combination of these two.
• The poetry can be your own, or a collaboration with poet, or used by permission of the poet or poets’ estate, or that is no longer subject to copyright.
• Filmmakers may use footage in the public domain from sites like Creative Commons (creativecommons.org)
• The film can be in any language but must include a translation or sense of the poem in English
• Collaborations can also include other artists (dancers, musicians, illustrators, cartoonists, painters etc.), and art forms.
• All submissions must include closing credits on the screen.
• Time frame includes screen credits
• Be sure to submit your work in the correct cateory

NOTE: Public Poetry monthly members receive a 27% discount on the entry fee. Memberships start at $8/mo. To join: http://www.publicpoetry.net/membership-here/

• You can submit in one category or in multiple categories as often as you like
• Each entry must be submitted separately.
• Entries in each category will be judged by a separate panel of noted filmmakers, poets and community members.

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 may travel nationally and internationally.

Overall Rating
  • This festival just keeps getting better and better. We're honored to have been part of it.

    November 2021
  • Jim Hall

    Sadly, could not attend. But, this festival always curates the most inspiring FilmPoems in the world. I'm simply in awe every year and grateful and humbled to occasionally sneak one of my mine through. Deep in the Heart of Texas, a Film Poetry movement grows...

    October 2021
  • Thanks for screening our film! Festival was outstanding.

    June 2021
  • Lani Cupchoy

    Grateful to participate. A wonderful venue!

    April 2021
  • Amazing festival! It was so nice to hear the words of so many artists and feel a strong sense of community, especially during these times. I would definitiely recommend this festival. I am also super honored and thankful to have won the Audience Choice Award.

    March 2021