Call for Entries – Cadence Video Poetry Festival

Northwest Film Forum
Deadline: 3/1/2023

Verse meets visuals in motion at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) in 2023, in-person April 27–30 and online April 27–May 7. Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, taking place annually during National Poetry Month.

Entering its sixth year, Cadence Video Poetry Festival continues to be the only festival dedicated to the form in the Pacific Northwest. Over the last five years the festival has screened 272 video poems from 38 countries in 24 languages, and hosted annual youth and adult workshops, touring programs, and artist talks. All selected works at Cadence receive an honorarium, which NWFF began offering artists in 2021 to support the generation and exhibition of their work.

This year’s festival continues as a hybrid program, offering international audiences access to showcases, workshops, and artist talks both in-person and online. Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media, cultivating new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. The 2023 call for submissions and Artist-in-Residence applications are now open.

Submissions are open through March 1, 2023 in five categories of video poetry:

  • Adaptations/Ekphrasis: Videos created to bring new meaning and dimension to pre-existing poetry. Any poems used for this purpose must be in the public domain or else used with written consent of the author.
  • Collaboration: Video poems created in collaboration between a video artist and writer.
  • Video by Poets: Poets creating video from, or as, their writing.
  • Poetry by Video Artists: Video artists using text visually or through audio intrinsic to the poetic meaning.
  • Wild Card: Video work that’s poetically informed or poetry that’s visually informed that doesn’t neatly fit into one of the other categories.

Juried awards are available in each of the submission categories and the festival continues deepening its commitment to the local video poetry community with a dedicated Pacific Northwest Artist award. Awards include a cash prize and PNW poetry books.

Applications are open for the festival’s third annual Artist-in-Residence through March 1, 2023. The selected artist(s) will have access to NWFF’s film equipment and edit lab, as well as an opportunity to receive training or participate in a scheduled workshop to develop or supplement their filmmaking and/or editing skills. The Artist-in-Residence will be asked to participate in a post-screening conversation with festival co-directors and other participating artists.

Registrations are open for the Animated Poetry Workshop with Neely Goniodsky on April 1, 2023. Participants will collaboratively create a visual interpretation of a poem by translating words into visual compositions and motion design using plasticine and stop motion techniques. The introductory, generative, and hands-on workshop is recommended for adults, youth ages 14+, and ages 10+ with adult assistance. This workshop will also be presented virtually with live captions.

The 2023 festival program and tickets will be announced in March 2023.