The Film and Video Poetry Symposium


Years running: 5 (since 2018)

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium

Our symposium celebrates film & videos that are developed through poetry.


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 be oral, written, visual, or symbolic. This includes non-narrative work and the avant-guard. 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, video mapping, works of ASMR, installation proposals, and video art presentations that feature, hybrid, or contain strong aspects of poetry.

DEADLINE: September 4, 2021

PROGRAM ANNOUNCED: October 4, 2021

Awards & Prizes

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

More information on Guidelines and Submissions:

Please note that due to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, the 2020 Symposium is rescheduled to FALL 2020.  New dates and venues are announced on Sept. 6, 2020. For more information please click the following link: (FVPS COVID-19 STATEMENT)


•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


  • Works in progress will NOT be considered.
  • There are no restrictions regarding when the film was produced or if the film has premiered regionally or internationally.

Subtitle Language: English 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
Los Angeles, Ca.

Official Website



The Film and Video Poetry Society
1001 Fremont Avenue
Post Office Box # 1131
South Pasadena, Ca 91030 - 9998
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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    February 15, 2021
  • Deadline
    September 04, 2021
  • Notifications
    October 04, 2021
  • Event Dates
    1 — 30 November 2021
Categories & Fees

Documentary is a nonfiction film or video work intended to constitute itself as a record of evidence about the past. The form is primarily used for archival records, instruction, education, advocacy, and journalism. The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will consider documentaries that contain or are focused on poets, poems, poetry, poetic technique, literary movements, and historical events within these realms.

  • Deadline — $20

Videopoetry / Poetry Film fuses the use of spoken poetry, visual images, text, and sound. This fusion of visual images and poetry (both independent and interdependent) create a stronger presentation and interpretation of the meanings being conveyed. Videopoetry is also known as Video Poetry (two words), video-visual poetry, poetronica, poetry video, media poetry, or Cin(E)-Poetry.

  • Deadline — $20

Experimental film, experimental cinema, or avant-garde cinema is a mode of filmmaking that rigorously re-evaluates cinematic conventions and explores non-narrative forms and alternatives to traditional narratives or methods of filmmaking. This category includes works completed not only on film, but also works created digitally and/or on video.

  • Deadline — $20

An essay film (or "cinematic essay") consists of the evolution of a theme or an idea rather than a plot per se, or the film literally being a cinematic accompaniment to a narrator reading an essay. From another perspective, an essay film could be defined as a documentary film visual basis combined with a form of commentary that contains elements of an experience or a self-portrait (rather than autobiography), where the signature (rather than the life story) of the filmmaker is apparent. The cinematic essay often blends documentary, fiction, and experimental film making using tone and editing style.

  • Deadline — $20

Animations created through photographing successive images, drawings and/or positions of puppets, materials, items, or models in order to create an illusion of movement when shown in sequence. This includes stop motion, the digitally created, and the computer animated. The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will consider animated work that contain or are focused on poets, poems, poetry, poetic technique, literary movements, and historical events.

  • Deadline — $20

A choreopoem is a form of dramatic expression comprised of choreography, dance, poetry, performative writing, music, song, art, and acting. These works are chiefly achieved by ensembles and are based in live stage though can be accomplished as a one person show or created solely as a film, video, or media presentation.

  • Deadline — $20

A fIlm or video that is developed about, of, on, or from public, private, and/or historic correspondences. Written, typed or printed communication such as letters, telegrams, diary and/or journal entries, blogs, emails, travelogues, text messages, social media timelines, recorded conversations, mail art.

  • Deadline — $20

Films or videos that focus upon and/or fuse together an historically important public address and/or a newly written speech with visual imagery (both may be independent and interdependent), to create a stronger presentation or interpretation of the meanings conveyed within the speech. This category also may include manifestos, prayers, invocation, inspirational speeches, keynote speeches, opening and closing arguments, direct to camera presentations, poetry readings, documented poetry recitals, staged spoken word performance, public announcements, and MCing.

  • Deadline — $20

Performance art is an artwork or art exhibition created through actions executed by an artist, a group of artists, and/or with participants. These projects may be live or within a staged reality, captured through documentation, written for camera, or presented to a public in a Fine Arts context.

  • Deadline — $20

One or multi channeled video and/or audio works that are focused upon poetry, words, text imagery, or language. These works may be data driven, incorporate interior or exterior staging, non traditional audio design, and sculptural installation.

  • Deadline — $20

Any live-action, documentary/ nonfiction, or animation project driven by or focused upon poetry, and is presented in or intended to be presented in a multi-episode format. This includes pilots, pilot presentations, web series, docuseries, limited series, or any other film or video project that was created to unfold over multiple episodes. There are no restrictions regarding minimum or maximum episode or series length.

  • Deadline — $20

These works include virtual reality, augmented reality projects, mixed or crossed reality, 360° video, and telepresence projects created for a variety of apparatus, media installations, live cinematic performances, custom digital platforms, gaming platforms, experiences, or any combination of those elements that strongly incorporate the use of poetry, words, text, and language both visually and/or audibly.

  • Deadline — $20

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