Film Poetry Competition

The 2019 Film Poetry Competition is Now Closed
The shortlist will be out in early September and winners will be announced on October 4th 2019

£400 will be awarded to the overall winner.
Recognition will also be given in the following categories:
Single author made film
Best newcomer

2019 Judges

Lucy English – Lucy is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University where she is head of the Creative Writing Research Centre. She is a spoken word poet and novelist.  She is co-director, with Sarah Tremlett, of Liberated Words, a CIC company, which creates, curates and screens poetry films. Lucy’s latest work is a digital project,  The Book of Hours, a reimagining of a medieval book of hours in poetry film format. The Book of Hours contains 48 poetry films created in collaboration with 27 collaborators from Europe, America and Australia. Films from this project have been screened at many international poetry film festivals including Visible Verse, Canada; Weimar and Zebra,  Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Poole Lighthouse and Newlyn in the U.K. She is researching the placement of spoken word in poetry films. The poetry from this project was published in book form by Burning Eye Press in 2018.

Dave Bonta – Dave is a writer, editor, and web publisher from the Appalachian mountains of central Pennsylvania. He is most widely known for Moving Poems, a compendium of poetry videos from around the web. Dave’s videopoems have been screened at the International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, the Ashland Literary Arts Festival in Oregon, Festival Internacional de Videopoesía – VideoBardo in Buenos Aires, and several places in the U.K.: Leicester’s Cube Gallery, the Newlyn International Film Festival, the Filmpoem Festival in Lewes, and the 2017 MIX Conference at Bath-Spa University.
(image by Jason Crane)


Rules of Entry

  1. Eligible for submission are poetry films with a maximum length of 8 minutes that were completed after 1st of January 2016. All films submitted must be visual realisations of one or more poems. Film should be formatted as mp4, .mov or .wmv files, with a resolution of at least 720p or 1080p.
  2. All films that are not in English must have English subtitles.
  3. The closing date for entries is the 12th July 2019.
  4. How to Enter – The entry form is below, or you can enter through FilmFreeway via the link below.
  5. Email entries must be accompanied by a link to your film on Vimeo or YouTube (including the password if necessary) and a completed entry form.
  6. Ten films will be shortlisted by the judges.
  7. A prize of £400 will be awarded to the overall winner.
  8. The decision of the judges is final.
  9. Shortlisted entries will be announced in early September and winners will be announced on October 4th 2019.
  10. All shortlisted and winning films will be screened at Swindon Poetry Festival. Shortlisted and winning films may be shown at other non-commercial screenings and online.
  11. Entry fee is £12 for 3 films. There is a student rate of £6 for full time students submitting via FilmFreeway.
  12. Payment must be made via the Pay Now button at the end of the form, or through FilmFreeway.
  13. By submitting your film, you confirm that the film may be shown at the Festival. After submission, the film may no longer be withdrawn and fees will not be refunded. The sender is required to obtain permission from any third parties involved in the production to agree to the film being screened at the festival. The author asserts, under his/her own liability, the complete right of use on used materials (images, words, sounds, music) that compose the artwork; the author undertakes complete liability for any breach of copyright laws.
  14. Submitting to the Film Poetry Competition signifies your acceptance of these rules of entry.