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Call for work Cadence Video Poetry Film Festival (USA)


Northwest Film Forum (NWFF)



Verse meets visuals in motion at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) in April 2020.

Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.


Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image.


Cadence Screenings


Video poetry alights on screen April 16-17, 2020!

Cadence Call for Entries


We are now reviewing works no longer than 5 minutes that fit within the following categories of video poetry for inclusion in Cadence Video Poetry Festival. Works that exceed 5 minutes may be submitted in the Wild Card category.

  • 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 and/or exceeds 5 minutes.

Submissions are due by March 1st, 2020! The festival will take place April 16 & 17, 2020. Please direct questions regarding 2020 submissions to NWFF Artistic Director Rana San at Cadence Video Poetry Festival accepts entries via FilmFreeway.