Call for submissions: 4th Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition

The Ó Bhéal website’s poetry-film competition page has just been updated with the details of the 2016 competition.

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Submissions are now ÓPEN for the 4th Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition
(open for entries: 1st May – 31st August 2016)
in continued association with the IndieCork festival of independent film and music.

This is Ó Bhéal’s seventh year of screening International poetry-films (or video-poems) and the fourth year featuring an International competition.

Up to thirty films will be shortlisted and screened during the festival, during early October 2016. One winner will receive the Indie Cork / Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film prize, selected by this year’s Ó Bhéal judges, to be announced soon.

Deadline for submissions is the 31st of August 2016.


Entry is free to anyone, and should be made via email to poetryfilm [at] – including the following info in an attached word document:

  • Name and duration of Film
  • Name of director
  • Country of origin
  • Contact details
  • Name of Poet
  • Name of Poem
  • Synopsis
  • Filmmaker biography
  • and a Link to download a high-resolution version of the film.

You may submit as many entries as you like. Films must interpret, be based on, or convey a poem and have been completed no earlier than the 31st August 2014. They may not exceed 10 minutes in duration. Non-English language films will require English subtitles.

The final programme (shortlist) will be available here by the end of September.

Shortlisted films may also appear in Ó Bhéal programmes at various film festivals, to date including the Clare Island Film Festival and Cyclops festval in Kiev. They are also screened throughout the year, each Monday before Ó Bhéal’s weekly poetry event.

Click through and scroll down for the previous years’ winners. Best of luck to all who enter!

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