Years running: 4 (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 2020 Film and Video Poetry Symposium

Poets, filmmakers, and media artists are called to submit their work to the 3rd annual Film and Video Poetry Symposium. The film festival and symposium will celebrate and screen a large scope of film and video projects developed through the medium of poetry. This event will also host 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 films, videopoema, visual poetry, poetrinca, media poetry, and all films that are visually driven by text. Performance material, virtual reality projects, video mapping, installation proposals, and video art presentations that hybrid or contain strong aspects of poetry are encouraged.

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 the film essay or cinematic essay, non-narrative work, and the avant-guard. We will also strongly consider work that challenges traditional and current visual communication methods while continuing to function as a mode for exploring narrative and personal expression.

The 2020 Film and Video Poetry Symposium runs through the month of July, 2020

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
  • Best Experimental Film
  • Best Essay Film


  • 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.

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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
    October 31, 2019
  • Deadline
    August 03, 2020
  • Notifications
    September 06, 2020
  • Event dates
    22 September — 22 December 2020
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 instruction, education, advocacy, and journalism. The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will consider documentaries that focus on poets, poems, poetry, poetic technique, literary movements, and historical events within these realms.

  • Deadline — $20

Video poetry / 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. Video Poetry is also known as videopoetry (one word), 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.

  • Deadline — $20

A 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 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

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