film curator & media scholar     DE/ENG

poesiefestival berlin 2013


My, your, our home


With Ebele Okoye filmmaker, Berlin Harald Opel filmmaker, Dortmund Ulrike Almut Sandig poet, Berlin Daniela Sannwald film historian, Berlin Susanne Wiegner filmmaker, Munich 

The word ‘home’ stands for a place, but also for the feeling of security. It has been instrumentalised by governments throughout history and, in the ‘homeland’ film genre, first romanticised and then criticised. For the 6th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in 2012 Ulrike Almut Sandig’s poem ‘[meine heimat]‘ was filmed by 33 film makers from around the world. A few of these poetry films will be shown on this evening, and ways of dealing with the ever-topical theme of ‘home’ will be discussed by a film scholar and the artists present.

Moderation: Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel

Wed 12/06/2013 – 10:00 PM

Location: Akademie der Künste
Kleines Parkett
Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin


18.-21. October 2012

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival


Every two years the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival presents the best poetry films from around the world.
The 6th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival will be taking place in the Babylon cinema, Berlin from 18-21 October 2012, offering insights into an art genre between poetry, film and new media. In five sections, it will be featuring a competition, programmes of films presenting new works, a look back at poetry film classics, a Gerhard Rühm retrospective, a programme for children, young people and teachers of poetry, as well as readings, workshops, discussions and performances. This year’s focus is on poetry films from Poland.

870 submissions have been entered from 63 countries, and the programme commission has selected 171 films from amongst the entries for the festival, 30 of which have been nominated for the competition. An international jury will select the winners of the main prizes, with a total value of EUR 10,000. Films of no longer than 15 minutes duration relating to a poem aesthetically or in their form or content and produced after 1 January 2009 were eligible for entry.

This year‘s ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival has several new features, including new prize categories for the Best Debut Film, Best Film for Tolerance and Best Poem Performance on Film. This year, too, for the first time the festival called for entries of film versions of the poem [meine heimat] ([my home]) by Ulrike Almut Sandig. The best results will be shown during the festival

The prizes that will be awarded are:

– ZEBRA Prize for the Best Poetry Film, donated by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin
– Goethe Film Prize, donated by the Goethe Institute
– Ritter Sport Film Prize, donated by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG
– Audience Prize awarded by the radioeins jury

This year, for the first time, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival will also be making
awards for poetry films in the categories »Best First Film«, »Best Film for
Tolerance« and »Best Poem Performance on Film«.

The festival is also for the first time inviting everyone to make a film based on
the poem [meine heimat] ([my home]) by Ulrike Almut Sandig. The directors of
the three best film versions will be invited to Berlin to meet the poet and have
the opportunity to present and discuss their films.

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival
Babylon Cinema
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30
10178 Berlin