Poetry Films

A Clare Island Film Festival and Ó Bhéal collaboration 

Enjoy a screening of the world’s top poetry-films, selected from Ó Bhéal’s 4th International Poetry-Film Competition shortlist. This year’s competition drew 163 entries from 28 countries. Achieving excellent standards this year, each film in this highly varied array cradles a poem at its core.

The shortlisted films (completed since July 2014) include works from the USA, Ireland, Australia, the UK, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Ukraine, Canada, Israel, Italy, Estonia / Finland, Belarus and Portugal. 

Enjoy a screening of the world’s top poetry-films, selected from Ó Bhéal’s 4th International Poetry-Film Competition shortlist. This year’s competition drew 163 entries from 28 countries. Achieving excellent standards this year, each film in this highly varied array cradles a poem at its core.

The shortlisted films (completed since July 2014) include works from the USA, Ireland, Australia, the UK, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Ukraine, Canada, Israel, Italy, Estonia / Finland, Belarus and Portugal.

The winner of this year’s Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition at IndieCork, is ‘Dictionary Illustrations’ by Australian poet-filmmaker Marie Craven. 

“Dictionary Illustrations was a perfect film poem because, remembering it, we can’t distinguish which parts were the words, which the images, which the sounds: each element harmonised perfectly with the others to create one discrete artwork. This effect is so rare, and so rewarding.” – Rossa Mullin & Kathy D’Arcy (2016 judges)

Programme for Clare Island Film Festival, Sept 2017


Clare Island Selection from the 4th Ó Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition – 2016

01 – Marie Craven – One Dream Opening Into Many 3.15

02 – Bau Zhu – Red Line Haiku 4.24

03 – Suzie Hannah – Known Unto God 3.11

04 – Marie Craven – Joining the Lotus Eaters 1.16

05 – Corbin Louis – Saddle 3.54

06 – Kuesti Fraun – SMARTUSER 0.44

07 – John Weselcouch – DADA 6.53

08 – Jason Lam – Us Right Now 6.00  

09 – Celia Parra – Kneading language 2.32

10 – Patrick O Shea – Peter And The Wolf 4.25

11 – Urs Mader – We-are-the-ones-who-were-born 4.38

12 – Pádraig Burke – A Demonstration 1.57

13 – Manuel Vilarinho – Chamada Geral 3.21

14 – Marie Craven – Dictionary Illustrations (Winner) 2.13

Total Runtime 46.03

Still from Marie Cravan’s One Dream Opening Into Many

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 International competition for the first time, in partnership with the IndieCork Festival of Independent cinema.
The winning entry is announced at the IndieCork Festival awards ceremony each year, with the filmmaker receiving the Ó Bhéal IndieCork award for best poetry-film. Touring selections from the shortlist have appeared at the Clare Island film Festival, the Cyclops Poetry Film festival (Kiev), the Belfast Fim Festival, Poemaria in Vigo and at the Winter Warmer poetry festival each year, with further screenings held each Monday evening at Ó Bhéal’s weekly poetry event in Cork city.
Poetry films continue their rise in popularity – 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, USA, Ciné Poème, France, International Poetry Film Festival, Greece, Juteback Poetry Film Festival, Colorado, Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival, Vienna, Festival de la poésie de Montréal, Oslo poesifilm, Norway, Cyclop Videopoetry Festival in Kiev, Sinestesia, Barcelona and the Weimar poetry film award (Backup Short Film Festival).
Entries to the Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition open from 1st May – 31st August each year
More details available at http://www.obheal.ie/poetryfilm

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