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Every summer Berlin is transformed for ten days into a temple of poetry. 100 to 200 poets and artists from around the world come to the poesiefestival berlin to showcase current trends in contemporary poetry.

As well as the traditional book, poetry has long found other ways to find an audience, cheerfully experimenting with theatre, performance, music, dance, film and digital media. The festival gives visitors the opportunity to experience poetry in all its diversity of forms. The poesiefestival berlin demonstrates what power poetry has to inspire. It puts the art of language into the spotlight, pioneering new ways of presenting, publishing and distributing poetry, and its range is international. This is also where artistic directors of poetry festivals around the world come to meet each other.

The festival is regularly host to some 8,000 to 10,000 visitors, with poetry reaching its audience primarily in the many dimensions and facets of reading and performance.

Poets featured in the festival in the past have included Laurie Anderson, Arnaldo Antunes, Marcel Beyer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Durs Grünbein, Friederike Mayröcker, Paul Muldoon, Herta Müller, Michael Palmer, PeterLicht, Silvio Rodríguez, Gerhard Rühm, Derek Walcott and Saul Williams.

The poesiefestival berlin has been taking place every year since 2000. Since 2008 its cooperation partner and main hub has been the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. It is supported by the Capital Culture Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds). Show less
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The winners of the 6th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival have been announced!

On Sunday, 21 October 2012, the jury for the 6th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival have finished their deliberations and announced the winners. 870 films were entered for the 6th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival from 63 countries. The programme commission nominated 33 of them for the competition.

And these are the winners:

- The ZEBRA Prize for the Best Poetry Film, worth EUR 4,000, donated by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, goes to "Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation" (Germany 2010) by Martin Wallner and Stefan Leuchtenberg, based on the poem with the same title by Martin Wallner.

- the Goethe Film Prize, worth EUR 3,000, donated by the Goethe Institute, goes to "I come from..." (UK 2011) by Daniel Lucchesi and Alex Ramseyer, based on the poem "I come from..." by Joseph Buckley
- the RITTER SPORT Film Prize, worth EUR 3,000, donated by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, goes to "Life and Deaf" (UK 2012) by Eelyn Lee, based on the poem "That's not all of Me" by deaf young people from UK.

For the first time, three additional prizes have been awarded:

- the prize in the category Best Film for Tolerance, worth EUR 3,000 and donated by the Federal Foreign Office, has been won by "Blood is Blood" (Canada 2010) by Carolyn Marie Souaid, based on the poem "Blood is Blood" by Endre Farkas & Carolyn Marie Souaid
- the prize in the category Best Debut Film, worth EUR 1,000 and donated by Literature Across Frontiers, has been won by "Heimweg" (Germany 2010), by Franziska Otto, based on the poem "Heimweg" (Way home) by Peh
- the prize in the category Best Poem Performance on Film, worth EUR 1,000 and donated by Literature Across Frontiers, has been won by "Why I Write" (Cambodia 2011) by Masahiro Sugano, based on the poem "Why I Write" by Kosal Khiev

The radioeins Audience Prize, awarded by a jury of radioeins listeners, has gone to "Balada Catalana" by Laen Sanches (France 2010) and the ZEBRINO audience awarded their prize for the Best Poetry Film for Children and Young People, worth 500 EUR and donated by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, was won by "Der Zauberlehrling" (the sorcerer's apprentice) by Kerstin Höckel (Germany 2012).

This year's jury comprised the Russian poet and film critic Dmitry Golynko, the film director and professor at the film academy in Łódż (Poland) Robert Gliński, the American video artist Reynold Reynolds, the poet and film maker Michael Roes and the ARTE multi-media editor Angelika Schindler.

A project by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin in cooperation with interfilm Berlin and the Polish Institute Berlin.
Sponsored by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the German Literature Fund, the Foreign Office, the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, Literature Across Frontiers and the DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission, the Goethe Institute and Camelot Broadcast Services GmbH.
It takes place as part of the poesiefestival berlin

Poetic Encounters 2012-13 - 2nd Workshop for Poetry & Film Play

With Maciek Majewski (film maker, Warsaw) / Norbert Hummelt (poet, Berlin); Wiola Sowa, (film maker, Krakow) / Nico Bleutge (poet, Berlin); Łukasz Twarkowski, (film maker and theatre director, Wrocław) / Christian Filips (poet, Berlin). Moderated by Alexander Gumz (poet and event organiser, Berlin).

Polish film makers Maciek Majewski, Łukasz Twarkowski and Wiola Sowa have collaborated with German poets Norbert Hummelt, Nico Bleutge and Christian Filips to make film versions of poems of theirs. Together they chose the poems and worked on turning them into scripts. In the run-up to the festival the pairs of artists are meeting up in Berlin to turn their ideas into films within six days. The short films that have been created in this way will be premièred on this evening. The artists will also be talking about the way they have approached their work and what happens when two art forms and two countries encounter each other.

In cooperation with the Polish Institute Berlin. Sponsored by the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the German Literature Fund, the Marion Dönhoff Foundation, Camelot Broadcast Services GmbH, ACHTFELD GmbH and Cine Impuls.

[meine heimat] Play

[meine heimat] one poem -- many films

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival invited film makers from all over the world to make film interpretations of the poem [meine heimat] by Ulrike Almut Sandig. 33 film makers from thirteen countries followed the call. Thirteen of the films have been selected for the festival.


ich habe die namen der großen vögel vergessen.
jeden juni fällt brut vom first einer scheune, die jetzt
leer steht. später im jahr stehen sie steif auf den feldern,
von der straße her flocken die kleider weiß aus, von weitem
riecht nach verscheuerten sträußen + stahl + geborstenem
gut von jenem gewitter am anderen tag: meine heimat.
in der heimat brechen sich namen an der scholle,
im wort: was dort angebaut wird, ist mir fremd.

© Ulrike Almut Sandig, Streumen, Connewitzer Verlagsbuchhandlung, Leipzig 2007.

i have forgotten the names of the large birds
each june a brood falls from the ridge of a barn that now
stands empty. later in the year they stand stiffly on the fields,
from the street the coats curdled white, from a distance
smells of cheap bouquets + steel + possessions
affected by the storm the other day: my heimat
in the heimat names break on the soil's ridge,
in a word: what is raised there i find strange.

Translated by Bradley Schmidt

5. ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Play

At Sun. 17th October 2010 the Jury of the 5th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival has decided. The ZEBRA-Prize for the best Poetry Film goes to Robert Pohle and Martin Hentze (Germany) for the film "Der Conny ihr Pony", based on a poem by Gabriel Vetter. The Film Poetry Prize of the Goethe Institute went to Andrew Steggall (UK) for the film „To the Marriage of true Minds" basing on the Sonet 116 by William Shakespeare.The Ritter-Sport Prize donated by Alfred Ritter GmbH&Co KG, went to the German-Bulgarian production "An Anna Blume" by Vessela Dantcheva, after a poem by Kurt Switters. A special mention went to „Höpöhöpö Böks", Text and Film by Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl (Island). The awards amount to total value of 10,000 euros.

The award of radioeins listeners jury went to Emma Passmore (UK) for „Breathe", the award of the children jury to „About Bigmouse" by Constantin Arefiev (Russia), based on a poem by Ludmila Ulanova.

Poetic Encouters 2010 - The 1st Workshop for Poetry & Film Play

The Film-Workshop held during the 5th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. Three pairs of artists comprising Israeli filmmakers Emanuella Amichai, Avi Dabach and Joshua Simon and German poets Daniel Falb, Monika Rinck and Jan Wagner were working together to produce scripts and create poetry films in six days.

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is a project of the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin in cooperation with the German UNESCO Commission and interfilm Berlin and with the financial assistance, for which we are grateful, of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Goethe Institute, the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation, the German Foreign Ministry, the German Literature Fund and with the kind support of Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG and Toyota Deutschland GmbH. It is taking place under the aegis of the poesiefestival berlin.

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The winners have been decided

On Sunday, 12th October 2008, the Jury of the 4th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival decided. The ZEBRA Prize for the best Poetry Film went to Juan Delcán, USA for the film 'The Dead', based on the poem 'The Dead' by Billy Collins.

The winner of the Prize of the Goethe Institute is Raphael Chevenment, France for the film 'Une leçon particulière', based on the poem 'Vieille chanson du jeune temps' by Victor Hugo.

The Prize of the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin went to Cristóbal León Dooner, Joaquin Cociña, Niles Atallah, Chile for the film 'Lucía', based on the poem of the same name by Joaquin Cociña, and the prize for the Best Children's Film, donated by Cine Impuls, went to Eku Wand for the film 'Bestiarium'. The Audience Prize awarded by radioeins listeners went to Davor Medurecan and Marko Meštrovic, Croatia for the film 'Silencijum'.

A special mention went to The Maw Naing, Myanmar for the film "Again and again".

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The Winners of the 3rd ZEBRA Poetry Film Award

The ZEBRA Prize for the best Poetry Film went to Rong (United Kingdom) for the film "Oedipus", winner of the prize for Experimental Film Poetry , awarded by the Goethe-Institut, is Taatske Pieterson (Netherlands) for the film "One Person/Lucy", the award for poetry, film and politics by the Federal Agency for Civic Education went to Antonello Faretta (Italy) for the Film "Just say no to family values". The radioeins listeners awarded David Downes (New Zealand) with the Public Jury Prize, supported by Cine Impuls.

A project of Literaturwerkstatt Berlin in cooperation with interfilm berlin and with kind support of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Goethe Institute. Presented by radioeins and Zitty.

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The ZEBRA springs from its hindlegs: the best bits of the programme of the 2nd ZEBRA Poetry Film Award

Rigorous competition and a large programme: from the 2nd to the 4th July 2004, in the Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Platz, the literaturWERKstatt berlin shows the best films from the over 800 entries received from 57 countries. The films run in a competition, as well as in varied special programmes. An international jury, with Astrid Kühl, Steven Kushner, Michael Lentz, Reynold Reynolds, Anna Seifert, Andrea Ernst and Thomas Wohlfart, choose the winner from the 42 competition films. The ZEBRA Poetry Film Award is endowed with a total prize fund of €10,000, and is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH. The ZEBRA Poetry Film Award takes place as part of the poesiefestival berlin.

Special Programme

The central poetry film competition is complemented be a special programme, containing over 100 films from 28 countries. Five short film programmes deal with the themes of love, the everyday, home, urbanity and politics: Feuer und Flamme (Fire and Flames) tells stories of love and passion; Poesie des Alltags (Poetry of the Everyday) presents the search for the seemingly insignificant and hidden things in life; Heimatfilme (Homefilms) defines the notion of home, here and elsewhere; Stadt, Land, Fluss (City, Country, River) contains poetic impressions from nature and towns and cities; and Generation Z bridges the gap between and politics.

It has again been clear this year that the poetry film has, above all, a homeland in Great Britain. In Very British the audience can be convinced of the wealth of ideas and high quality offered by current British poetry films. In addition, with Made in Berlin, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Award screens new poetry films from Berlin.

In On the Road to Berlin, Steven Kushner and Gerhard Falkner present the history of the Beatniks, with a film collage containing a large amount of unreleased video clips, as well as audio documents and television recordings.

The retrospective, Hat der Film bereits angefangen? -- Ein historische Ausflug in den poetischen Schriftfilm (Has the film already started? -- A historical excursion into the poetic literary-film), presented by Michael Lentz, addresses the combination of poetry and film, and the work of artists such as Nabuo Kubota, Maurice Lemaître, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Walter Ruttmann and Paul Ghawits.

The text, the image and the sound. That is the present -- the moment: Bas Böttcher and Wolf Hogekamp have worked since 2000 in a medium that explores the new poems of the Spoken Word scene. The result of this work is shown in 'Poetry Clips', a collection of poetry clips, a sub-genre of poetry film in which the author himself speaks or stages his work.

The connection between poetry and the animation film as a special filmic form is the theme of the Film Talk. What moves a filmmaker to use a poem as the basis of an animation film. In discussion with Rolf Giesen of the Filmmuseum Berlin the motivations for such work will be sought. In addition, Rolf Giesen takes the audiece on a journey through the history of the animated film, and its north-American, European and Japanese roots and traditions.

The international colloquium, taking place in the GTZ building with the theme 'Which roles to artists play in intercultural understanding?', builds bridges between filmmakers from all parts of the world. In the dialogue, mutual entrances to other cultures through film and poetry should be developed, and differing means of viewing and understanding established.

The 2nd ZEBRA Poetry Film Award is a project of the literaturWERKstatt berlin in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH and interfilm berlin, as well as with the kind support of the Goethe-Institut und the Instituto Cervantes.

Funded by the Haupstadtkulturfonds
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