Call for work: REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2023

REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2023 is accepting submissions on FilmFreeway.

POETRY combined with film and video propels “REELpoetry/HoustonTX” 2023, an international, curated, hybrid poetry film festival taking place online and in person FEBRUARY 24-26, 2023 We explore this genre with poets, videograpers and filmmakers working solo or collaboratively, on a cell phone or in a studio, with new or remixed or previously created work. We’re inviting open submissions, and also featuring screenings from invited guest curators, deaf poetry, films about poets or a particular poem, as well as Q&A with poets, videographers and filmmakers, networking, live readings, panel discussions, and more.

This year’s poetry film/ video festival is not themed. Everyone is invited to submit their best work, created in the past or the present, up to a maximum of 6 minutes. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: poetry film/ videos under 4 minutes and poetry film/ video 4 to 6 minutes. See Guidelines for additional details.

REELpoetry/HoustonTX is a project of Public Poetry (

Public Poetry director Fran Sanders elaborated in an email:

In 2023, in addition to juried open submissions, programs by curators/presenters, trio talks on craft and a panel discussion, we will be significantly expanding our offerings for the deaf and hard of hearing, with ASL poets and poetry and English/ASL interpreters so it is accessible to everyone. We have an outstanding all-deaf committee doing the programming, including Peter Cook, Sabina England, Crom Saunders among others.

Given the way the world is, I don’t feel comfortable asking people to travel to Houston if they live any distance away, so the 2023 Festival will be largely online. However, there will be multiple opportunities for interaction on Zoom in real time each day of the festival. For local audiences here will be some in-person events that feature Houston and Texas makers. Everything will be streamed to accommodate international time zones.

Huge kudos to the organizers for taking accessibility so seriously, and best of luck to everyone who enters. Visit FilmFreeway for complete rules and guidelines.

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