POETRY combined with film and video propels “REELpoetry/HoustonTX” 2023, an international, curated, hybrid poetry film festival taking place online and in person FEBRUARY 24-26, 2023 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, and also featuring screenings from invited guest curators, deaf poetry, films about poets or a particular poem, as well as Q&A with poets, videographers and filmmakers, networking, live readings, panel discussions, and more.

This year’s poetry film/ video festivalis not themed. Everyone is invited to submit their best work, created in the past or the present, up to a maximum of 6 minutes. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: poetry film/ videos under 4 minutes and poetry film/ video 4 to 6 minutes, plus an Audience Award. See Guidelines for complete details.

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

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: poetry film/ videos under 4 minutes; poetry film/ video 4 to 6 minutes and Audience Choice.



• 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.
• Enter CATEGORY 1 for work up to 4 minutes in length INCLUDING screen credits
• Enter CATEGORY 2 for work more than 4 minutes, up to 6 minutes in length INCLUDING screen credits

NOTE: Public Poetry monthly members receive a discount on the entry fee. and can submit at the student rate. Monthly memberships start at $8/mo. To join: http://www.publicpoetry.net/membership/

• You can submit in one category or in multiple categories as often as you like
• Each entry must be submitted separately.
• Entries will be judged by a panel of noted filmmakers, poets and community members
Reminder: Work selected by the judges for the Festival will be required to have the poetry either appear onscreen in English or be captioned in English.

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
  • Fiona Tinwei Lam

    Thank you for organizing an accessible and diverse poetry film festival! Fascinating range of poetry videos from many different places, with good themes and good filmmakers.

    March 2023
  • Thanks a lot for showing my animation 'La luna asoma' at the festival. Super happy that it was selected as a finalist! Great communication with the participants. Video poetry lives!

    March 2023
  • Pat Boran

    Very much appreciate the support and encouragement. Well done on keep the flag of poetry flying high

    March 2023
  • Kathryn Darnell

    A great festival reflecting a diversity of poetic and film styles. Distance requires that I "attend" online instead of live in Houston but the online programming is good and very accessible. I was honored to have my film "Grace" be a part of this festival.

    March 2023
  • Marcelese Cooper

    A fantastic festival that was wonderfully accessible!

    March 2023