The Film and Video Poetry Society Presents:
The 2021 Film and Video Poetry Symposium

Poets, writers, filmmakers, and media artists are called to submit their work to the 4th annual Film and Video Poetry Symposium. The film festival and symposium will celebrate and screen a large scope of film and video projects developed primarily through the medium of poetry. FVPS will host a media gallery, a series of panels, guest speakers, and public dialogues regarding film and video poetry over the course of the symposium.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will accept submissions of poetry films, filmpoems, digital-poetry, poetry video, choreopoems, Cin(E)-Poetry, spoken word film and videos, videopoems, visual poetry, poetrinca, media poetry, and film and video works that are driven by onscreen text.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium also calls for experimental film and video work that explores language and/or literature whether it is oral, written, visual, or symbolic. This includes non-narrative work and the avant-garde. We strongly consider work that challenges traditional and current visual communication methods while continuing to function as a mode for exploring narrative forms and personal expression.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium also calls essay film, works of epistolary cinema, documentaries, animation, performance art film and video, and oratorical works.

Lastly, The Film and Video Poetry Symposium seeks virtual reality projects, 360° Video, digital art, works that explore ASMR, video mapping, installation proposals, and video art presentations that feature, hybrid, or contain strong aspects of poetry.

DEADLINE: September 4, 2021

PROGRAM ANNOUNCED: October 4, 2021

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Best Videopoem or Poetry Film
Outstanding Poem presented within a film or video
Best Experimental Work
Best Essay Film
Best Choreopoem
Best Documentary
Best Spoken Word Performance
Best Animation
Best Performance Art Film or Video
Special Programmer's or Jury Award

Deadline: All submissions must be submitted no later than 11:59PM PST, September 4, 2021.

There are no restrictions regarding total running time of films submitted. There are no restrictions regarding when a film or project was produced, finished, or if the film has premiered online, screened regionally, or internationally. There are no restrictions on subject matter, theme, topic, or language of origin.

Works in progress will NOT be considered.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium accepts Cryptocurrency. Currently, FVPS Wallet supports Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum, XRP, Ethereum Classic, Stellar Lumens, Dogecoin, and all ERC-20 tokens (including USDC and DAI). For more information please go to:

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will not offer notes or feedback on any submitted films or projects.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium cannot be held liable or responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement.

The submitter agrees to provide FVPS the exhibition format indicated on the submission two (2) weeks prior to the announced screening date.

Entries that are not English language must be subtitled in English.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium has the right to copy any accepted materials, and to utilize the film and/or performance for future FVPS screenings, promotions, catalogues, trailers, events, and projects that are non-commercial related.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project submitted, to remove a film or project from the symposium for any reason or for no reason, and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal. In case the film or project in question is disqualified, or is unable to screen due to technical, or operational difficulties, or if your film needs to be rescheduled, delayed, or removed from the program for any reason, the filmmaker(s) (cast, crew, or anyone involved with the project in question) are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind.

No revisions will be accepted once an entry has been received. Once a payment has been processed, FVPS will not provide a refund.

All decisions made by judges, programmers, advisors, and organizers will be final, and no refund of submission fee will be provided.

Overall Rating
  • Carolina Meza

    I never received any messages or information from the festival. Neither did they answer my emails asking about the screenings of my short. Very informal and professional.
    I don't even know if the festival took place or not.

    January 2022
  • Pat Boran

    I very much appreciate the support and encouragement. Good wishes to all involved, at this difficult time

    January 2022
  • Nick Twardus

    It was wonderful to screen my film Voice-Destroy on opening night of the last edition of this symposium. I highly recommend submitting to this festival, which features a warm selection team that programs a diverse selection of essay films!

    August 2021

    So honored to have Mercy included in the Film & Video Poetry Symposium! A wonderfully responsive event with a most generous spirit. Thank you!

    March 2021
  • What an amazing experience at this festival! Brilliant curation and prompt communication with the staff and crew, who definitely went above and beyond to make you feel welcomed. Highly recommended.

    January 2021