Monday, December 03, 2007


Split This Rock Seeks Poetry Films

Great news! Split This Rock is partnering with the Poetry Center of Chicago to produce a poetry film program during the festival. Curated by Francesco Levato, the Poetry Center's new Executive Director, we are seeking innovative films in the spirit of Split This Rock. Guidelines below.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Call for film and video

Deadline: postmarked by January 30th, 2008
Entry fee: $15.00
Notification by February 15th, 2008
Festival dates: March 20th-23rd, 2008

Poems of Provocation & Witness
Poets have long played a central role in movements for social change. Today, at a critical juncture in our country’s history, poetry that gives voice to the voiceless, names the unnamable, and speaks directly from the individual and collective conscience is more important than ever. The festival will explore and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.

Film & Video Submissions:
We are looking for artistic, experimental, and challenging interpretations of poetry that explore critical social issues. Selected films and videos will be screened during the festival’s film program.

Entries must be submitted on DVD (NTSC only) or CD (.mov format only), no HD formats. Please note: videos with h264, divx compression or any format not mentioned above will not be accepted.

Running time for entries should not exceed 15 minutes.

All entries must be in English.

All work submitted must be original. If portions of the submitted work contain material from third parties, author must have and be able to provide written permission to use such material.

All entries must include:
- Completed entry form
(download at:
- Entry fee (check made payable to: The Poetry Center of Chicago)
- A short synopsis, artist's bio, and artist's statement (on one page only)

Please label all DVDs and CDs with title, running time, director’s name and contact email.

Please mail entries to:
The Poetry Center of Chicago
37 S. Wabash, Suite 704
Chicago, IL 60603
Attn: Francesco Levato/Split This Rock submission


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