Poetry Festival Singapore 2018 - Poetry Films

June 13, 2018

Screening Room, The Arts House

This is a pay-what-you-can at the door event

This year, we are glad to be partnering Weimar Poetry Film Award competition to showcase some of the awarded poetry films. This is a pay-what-you-can at the door event.

About Weimar Poetry Film Award

Since 2016 the backup_festival of the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Literary Society of Thuringia are looking for innovative poetry films through a new international award. Filmmakers from any nation and of any age are invited to participate with up to three short films of up to 8:00 mins, which should explore the relation between film and poetry in an innovative, straightforward way.

In 2018 the organizers received 300 films from all over the planet. From all submitted films selected for the festival competition (Official Selection) the three jury members, the poet Daniela Danz, the artist and curator Cathy de Haan (both from Germany), and the Norwegian animation artist Kristian Pedersen, choose the film THE DESKTOP METAPHOR by Helmie Stil as winner of the main prize (1000,- €). Because of its artistic value the film BLUE FLASH FLASH by Jane Glennie received a Special Mention. The German film PATATA DAY by Peter Böving won the audience award (250,- €).

The annual competition »Weimar Poetry Film Award« is financed by the Thüringer Staatskanzlei and the City of Weimar.

For more details, please check our websites:

https://issuu.com/poetryfilmmagazin (Poetry Film Magazine, English, German)


Ode to Anxiety

Animation & Text: Milena Tipaldo
0:32 min
Italy 2017


Ode to Anxiety is an animated exorcism: a short ode is expressed to one of the greatest plagues of our society, anxiety, while she continues to dance on our stomach.

Mon Pays / My Country

Animation: Diek Grobler
Text: Ousmane Moussa Diagana (Mauritanien, 1951–2001)
3:36 min
South Africa 2017


A poetry-film in which the poet muses about the beauty of his country, and also its complexity. The poem was written by Ousmane Moussa Diagana (Mauritanië, 1951–2001).


Animation & Text: Caibei Cai (China)
2:15 min
United Kingdom 2017


An unobtainable feeling.


Director: Sascha Conrad
Text: Grigory Semenchuk (Ukraine) & Ulrike Almut Sandig
6:54 min
Germany 2018


»You follow the tyre tracks, listen for voices, You sure you’re OK? a wild hollyhock asks.« The spirit of spring runs though the woods. Will she find who she is looking for? A wild cruise through a winter’s night, based on a poem by the Ukrainian poet and culture activist Grigory Semenchuk.

Blue Flash Flash

Director: Jane Glennie
Text: Julia Bird
0:39 min
United Kingdom 2017


Blue Flash Flash describes the moment in a child’s life in which they learn a new word – octopus – and their neurons act to lock down the knowledge forever. From minuscule beginnings the acquisition of a language is fundamental to our identity. Language gives us words in our mind and describes who we are to ourselves. It is the front of house in our interactions with each other.

The Desktop Metaphor

Director: Helmie Stil (Netherland)
Text: Caleb Parkin
2:48 min
United Kingdom 2017

The Desktop Metaphor is a film by Helmie Stil of Caleb Parkin’s second placed poem in the National Poetry Competition 2016. An isolation of life, scanning through it.

Refugee Blues

Director: Stephan Bookas (Germany) & Tristan Daws
Text: W. H. Auden (1907–1973)
6:10 min
United Kingdom 2016


Set to the verses of W.H. Auden’s 1939 poem, Refugee Blues charts a day in ›the jungle‹, the refugee camp outside Calais. More intimate and unlike much of what has been seen in the mass media, this documentary poem counterpoints the camp’s harsh reality of frequent clashes with the French riot police with its inhabitants’ longing for a better future. 


Animation: Julius Horsthuis
Text: Arseni Tarkowski (Russia, 1907–1989)
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

4:20 min
Netherlands 2017


An infinite descent into my city.

Into The Night

Director: Livius Pápay
Text: Peter Thiers
2:04 min
Germany 2017


A short poetry film based on a text by Peter Thiers.


Animation & Text: Radheya Jegatheva
7:53 min
Australia 2017


A film that explores the relationship between man and technology … told from the perspective of a phone.

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