The International Video Poetry Festival in Athens attempts to create an open public space for the creative expression of all tendencies and streams of contemporary visual poetry. The IVPF has been around since 2012. It is one of the largest international platform for video poetry. Every year, it offers poets, film and festival makers from all over the world a platform for creative exchange, brainstorming and meeting with a broad audience. With poetry readings, live performances, concerts, retrospectives, exhibitions, performances, workshops and lectures present in various sections the diversity of the genre of video poetry and spoken word music.
The International Video Poetry Festival happens in two different zones. The first day is the Show Room Video Poetry, a unique zone that will include video poems, visual poems, short film poems and cinematic poetry and performances by artists from all over the world (America, Asia, Europe, Africa). The second day is the Live Performance Zone with multimedia poetry readings, concerts with experimental music, workshops and spoken word lives.
Poets, filmmakers, video and digital artists, media and performance artists are called to submit creative works to The 9th Annual International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece. The festival celebrates and will screen a large scope of video projects developed through the medium of poetry. The International Video Poetry Festival will also host a series of panels, guest speakers, workshops, and public dialogues regarding film and video poetry. In addition to the screenings, programmers also curate a video art exhibition.
There are no restrictions regarding when the film was produced or if the film has premiered regionally or internationally. There are no restrictions on subject matter, theme, topic, or the language of origin. The International Video Poetry Festival will accept submissions of poetry films, filmpoems, digital-poetry, poetry video, Cin(E)-Poetry, spoken word films, videopoema, visual poetry, choreopoems, poetrinca, media poetry, and all films and videos that are driven visually by text or voice.
Live performances, video mapping, installation proposals, and grand-scale video art presentations that contain strong aspects of poetry are encouraged. The IVPF also calls for experimental film and video work that explores poetry or literature whether it be oral, written, visual, or symbolic. This includes non-narrative work and the avant-garde. The International Video Poetry also invites you to film video poems based on Allen Ginsberg’s and Gregory Corso’s poetry.
The IVPF strongly considers artwork that examines and challenges traditional visual communication methods while continuing to function as a tool for exploring poetry.The International Video Poetry Festival will consider documentaries that focus on poets, poems, poetry, poetic technique, literary movements, and historical events within these realms. The documentaries must have English or Greek subtitles.
The IVPF also calls for video work that explores poetry and literature whether it be oral, written, visual, or symbolic. This includes the film essay or cinematic essay, non-narrative work, and the avant-guard. We will also strongly consider work that challenges traditional and current visual communication methods while continuing to function as a mode for exploring narrative and personal expression.
Organizer and promoter of the International Video Poetry Festival are the Institute for Experimental Arts in co-operation with Void Network.
Every year the committee of the Institute for Experimental Arts the 10 most outstanding video poems of the annual festival. Τhe committee is composed of the official member of the nonprofit cultural society Institute for Experimental Arts.
Deadline: All submissions must be submitted, emailed, or postmarked no later than November 27, 2020.
One to two project titles per submission form is allowed. All languages are allowed (including English or Greek subtitles)
Rules & Terms
The Institute for Experimental Arts announces the CALL OUT for the 9th International Video Poetry Festival. Artwork based on poems and not longer than 20 minutes can be submitted. All languages are allowed. From the submissions, a program committee makes the artwork selection for the festival program. A jury made up of representatives from the fields of poetry, film and media will select the video poems. The 9th International Video Poetry Festival will not offer notes or feedback on any submitted films or projects. No revisions will be accepted once an entry has been received. Once payment has been processed, IVPF will not provide a refund. All decisions made by the committee will be final, and no refund of the submission fee will be provided.
ALL ENTRIES must be subtitled in English or in Greek. In the event that the submitted project is accepted for inclusion within the 9th International Video Poetry Festival the submitter agrees to provide each of the following rights to The 9th International Video Poetry Festival without reservations, conditions, or qualifications: (a) the right to use footage, stills, and information from or relating to the project for promotional purposes; and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the project and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information.
The IVPF will announce the 2020 program selection on December 1, 2020.
The 9th International Video Poetry Festival will take place in March 2021.
The International Video Poetry Festival is a project of the Institute for Experimental Arts in cooperation with Void Network in Athens / Greece.
If you have any questions : theinstitutecontact(at)gmail.com
Process Submission Fee
Deadline for all submissions is November 27, 2020.
Submission fee is 5 euro per video, or media project.
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All email submissions must be accompanied by a completed PDF submission form ,the receipt of the online payment to the Bank Account (details above). If you would like to apply via email please download the PDF submission form, fill it out, and then save a copy so that it may be attach to your email. To download the PDF submission form please click here.
Please name all the attach files in the email with your name and your country.
You are welcome to attach additional documents to your email submission pertaining to mission or artistic statement, exhibition history, publicity materials, press kits, bios, and curriculum vitae.
If you want to submit your participation to the IVPF by email, you have to send only ONE email with ONE wetrasfer file. All the files in the wetrasfer must be titled your name and your country.
Email your submission to the following address:
If you want to post your material. You have to post a USB including all the material that we want. Your media files, the application form, still images, the receipt of the online payment to the Bank Account (details above) and all other material that you would like to share with the festival. All the files in the USB must have as a title your name and your country.
Postal Address :
Alternative Submission Methods
IVPF can also receive your submission through https://filmfreeway.com/ . If you have registered a project on this self-distribution platform please submit by clicking the link below!
PHOTOS from the previous years of the International Video Poetry Festival
We would like to thank Dave Bonta from the influential video art site Moving Poems, a global site with the best video poems on the web that inspired us to create the International Video Poetry Festival in Athens and we cooperate since 2012 to spread out the announcement of the Festival each year so as to gather participations from all over the world.