Poetry Films

Ó Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition returns to Clare Island!

Enjoy an afternoon feast of International poetry-films, as Ó Bhéal presents highlights from its 2017 competition shortlist of 30 finalists, chosen from 186 entries submitted from 29 countries. The shortlisted films achieved very high standards again this year, each having been produced by incredibly talented filmmakers (or poet-filmmakers) from around the world, and each cradling a poem as its core.

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The 2017 judges were poet Lani O’Hanlon and filmmaker Shaun O’Connor.

The winning entry was announced at the IndieCork closing ceremony, and received the Ó Bhéal / IndieCork award for best poetry-film. A selection from the shortlist has also appeared at various film festivals throughout 2018, plus at screenings held weekly at Ó Bhéal’s Monday poetry event.

For the complete shortlist, along with stills and synopses, visit www.obheal.ie

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Clare Island Film Festival Programme 2018

14 films (2017) – 49m49s

01 – Bun Stop – Dan Douglas

02 – The Last Days – Marie Craven

03 – ORACLE OF A FOUND SHOE – Angie Bogachenko

04 – Gone Is Syria, Gone – Jazra Khaleed

05 – The Clock Doctor – Emmet O’Brien

06 – Ciudad de mi corazón – Kostas Petsas

07 – iRony – Radheya Jegatheva

08 – Poem for Rent – Marie Craven

09 – Sun Earth Diglossia – Eleni Cay

10 – Night Launderette North Street – Diana Taylor

11 – Philips’ Modern Atlas of the World – Colm Scully

12 – Lucas – Charles Olsen

13 – I lost my shoes on Rachel St – Rachel McCrum & Jonathan Lamy

14 – Impression, Canal – Bernard O’Rourke

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Ó Bhéal and Poetry Films

Since early 2009, Ó Bhéal has been promoting the art of the poetry-film, when in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, the best of Zebra Poetry Film festival entries were screened at the Triskel in Cork. In November of 2010 Ó Bhéal held its first poetry-film evening, highlighting ten of the world’s best poetry-films. In 2011 that increased to sixteen films and in 2012 we were part of the Cork Film Festival, presenting a selection of thirty poetry-films chosen from over 500 from around the world. In 2013 Ó Bhéal convened its first International competition, in partnership with the IndieCork Festival of Independent cinema.

Poetry films are becoming ever more – films that interpret poetry and present it in new light. A growing number of festivals are dedicated entirely to the form, including the Zebra Poetry-Film Festival in Berlin, the Visible Verse festival in Vancouver, Sadho in New Delhi, the Australian Poetry In Film Festival, the Video Bardo in Buenos Aries, Liberated Words in Bristol, Athens International Poetry Film Festival, Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, Massachusetts USA, Juteback Poetry Film Festival in Colorado USA and the Cyclop Videopoetry Festival in Kiev.

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