Call 2023

8th Weimar Poetry Film Award

Award ceremony at the cinema Lichthaus in Weimar, May 21st, 2022. Foto: Maik Schuck

Through the Weimar Poetry Film Award the Literary Society of Thuringia and the Weimar Animation Club are looking for innovative poetry films.

The aim of the award is to improve the exchange between authors and filmmakers in Thuringia and Central Germany, to sharpen the perception of poetry in multimedia contexts, and to create more awareness for the experimental short film genre »poetry film«.

The competition is part of the »International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia«.

Filmmakers from any nation and of any age are welcome to participate with up to three short films of up to 10:00 mins, which explore the relation between film and written poetry in an innovative, straightforward way. Films that are produced before 2020 will not be considered.

The Weimar Poetry Film Award stands for an independent and competent awarding process. The jury is international and consists of three jurors with expertise in the fields of poetry, film production or criticism, and festival organization. The competition films are nominated by a program commission. During the festival, the jury selects the winners of the Jury Prizes in the categories »Best Animation« and »Best Real Film«. Both awards are endowed with € 1,200. In addition, starting in 2023, two audience prizes of € 250 will be awarded separately by the cinema and online audiences.

The competition »Weimar Poetry Film Award« is financed by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, by the Culture Foundation of the Free State of Thuringia, the Sparkasse Mittelthüringen, and the City of Weimar.

Dates & Deadlines

    • June 1st, 2022 – Opening Date
    • December 31st, 2022 – Earlybird
    • January 31st, 2023 – Regular Deadline
    • March 15th, 2023 – Notification Date
    • May 20th, 2023 – Award Ceremony

The Form for submissions [pdf] by e-mail to festival[at] is going to be published before June 1st.