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Combining poetry and film to create innovative new work

Poetry Screen is a project aiming to inspire and showcase the innovative work of young artists that combines poetry and film.

We are creating a space for conversations between visual and poetic languages; established and fresh voices; poets and film-makers - across time, backgrounds and borders.

It’s an invitation to play with the Poetry Archive’s rich collection of recorded poetry. You can do this by repurposing a selection of our poetry recordings or by writing your own work in response to any of the poems in its collection (including a wide selection of contemporary poems).

We’ll select up to five video poems to publish and will pay a royalty fee of £200/work. The showcased artists will be invited to pitch for one new commission, with a budget of £2000.

A project for film makers and poets

Poets/artists/film makers/musicians/students from all over the world – all are welcome. You can take part if you are 25 and under. If you are working as a team, at least one of you must be 25 or under.

Make a short video poem of up to 5 minutes length maximum (excluding credits). We're looking for an imaginative approach which goes beyond the obvious. Your visuals can be abstract or narrative, include animation or graphics. You can mix music and sampled sound into the poetry.

Be inventive with your resources - we’re not expecting a big budget production. Video poems need to be publishable but not completely polished at this stage.


Dec 7, 2020

Competition officially announced.
Entries open. Join the Poetry Screen community and start creating.

June 1, 2021

Deadline to submit your work.
There is no entry fee, and you can submit as many entries as you wish.

June 16, 2021

Winners contacted.
The winner will be invited to pitch for a commission to be produced over the summer of 2021.

July 15, 2021

Showcase event.
We’ll hold an online showcase event to announce the selections and the commission.

Get started

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Start your application by registering your details.

Once you are registered you will receive an email with further information and your full application pack.

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Contact us

If you have questions or would like to contact our team, you can contact us by emailing email us at


Join our community

Whether you're looking for collaborators, fellow film making enthusiasts or tips and advice about the project.
Join our Facebook Group.



We've put together a list of commonly asked questions that you may find helpful. Download them here.
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Examples for inspiration

Here are two examples of video poems: one using a classic recording and another a contemporary poem.

About the Poetry Screen project

Poetry Screen is a project to inspire video poetry, run in partnership with the Poetry Archive and supported by Arts Council England.

View the Terms and Conditions here.