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The Desktop Metaphor (Netherlands/UK)

Experimental Poetry Film
Director Helmie Stil, poet Caleb Parkin




The experimental film "The Desktop Methaphor" by Helmie Stil based on a poem by Caleb Parkin won the main jury prize of the Weimar Poetry Film Prize in 2018. At the National Poetry Competition 2016 the poem by Caleb Parkin acchieved second place.


Helmie Stil is a young, female film maker from the Netherlands. In 2006 she graduated from the HKU (Academy of Arts Utrecht), specialty audiovisual media. After this schooling she started as a freelancer. Since 2011 she is living in UK making her films there. She loves making poetic documentaries and film poems. Her award-winning documentaries have been shown in national TV and she was also organizing the Filmpoem Festival at the cinema the Depot in Lewes.


Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, artist, facilitator, educator and film-maker, based in Bristol. His career has encompassed media production, education, the arts, and their therapeutic/well-being applications. These days, he works with schools, museums, science centres, universities, and more, on creative writing, well-being & other interdisciplinary projects. His work has appeared in a range of publications in print and online – he was second prize-winner in the National Poetry Competition 2016, shortlisted in The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016, and commended in the Ware Open Poetry Competition 2016.​ He’s studying for an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with Metanoia Institute, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).