Years running: 19 (since 2002)

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

An international poetry film festival in Münster.


The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival came into being in 2002 and was the first and is the biggest international platform for short films based on poems – poetry films. Every two years it offers poets, film-makers and festival organisers from all over the world a platform for creative exchange of ideas, for generating ideas and meeting with a broad audience. Featuring a competition, film programmes, readings by poets, retrospectives, exhibitions, performances, workshops, colloquiums, talks and a special programme for children, it presents the diversity of the genre of the poetry film in various sections every two years, thereby opening new opportunities for the distribution of poetry.


The prizes are endowed together with € 12000. 

  • ZEBRA Prize for the Best Poetry Film, donated by the Haus für Poesie
  • The Goethe Film Prize, donated by the Goethe-Institut
  • ZEBRINO Audience Award – Best Film for Children and Young People
  • The Audience Award


  • Eligible for submission are poetry films with a maximum length of 15 minutes. All films submitted must be visual realisations of one or more poems.
  • Films that were finished after 31st of December 2017

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival directors: 

  • Carsten Happe
  • Risna Olthuis




Official website



Filmwerkstatt Münster
Gartenstrasse 123 

Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen 48147


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    February 01, 2020
  • Deadline
    July 01, 2020
  • Notifications
    September 01, 2020
  • Event dates
    19 — 22 November 2020
Categories & Fees

Short films based on poetry up to 15 minutes.

  • Deadline — free
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