Call 2023


Call 2024 – Earlybird until December 31st, 2023!

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 2021 will not be considered.

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Poetryfilmtage select their winners!

The winners of the 8th Weimar Poetry Film Award are the films “Fabien, auxiliaire de vie” (Jury Award Best Video) by director Pierre Guiho and “Soaked In” (Jury Award Best Animation) by director Shiyu Tang.

Special Mentions went to the Bulgarian film “Know” by directors Ralitza Toneva and Spartak Yordanov and the animation “Wind Whisperer” by director Fernanda Caicedo (Ecuador).

The audience award in the cinema and online went to “Wind Whisperer“. Congratulations!

Thank you to all the festival audiences who came to our cinemas in Weimar and watched all the films online. See you again in 2024!



We were on Radio Lotte. Here is the interview

Ana Maria Vallejo and Guido Naschert were guests at Radio Lotte’s studio on May 16. They talked about the festival, the program and, of course, about this year’s festival motto: Poetry is Dance. Here you can listen to the audio recording of the interview.

aber hi! Typografische Ausstellung


aber hi! Typographic exhibition

A project within the framework of the Poetryfilmtage of the course “einDrucksvoll”. Students of the Bauhaus University Weimar have produced typographic experiments in cooperation with Pavillon-Presse Weimar. These are an artistic interpretation of the poem “aber hi!” by the performer and poet Ulrike Almut Sandig. The exhibition in the 11m^3 project space directly addresses the conditions of the location and plays with the dimensions of visibility/concealment as well as dialogue and contact.
The exhibition was conceived by the course participants under the direction of Catalina Giraldo Velez as part of the Poetryfilmtage 2023.


Trailer 2023!


Extended deadline until the 15th of February! 

You still have the chance to submit a film – the deadline ends on the 15th of February.

We are looking for innovative poetry films based on a poem or a poetic text, animation or video up to 10 minutes. Films that are produced after 2020 will be considered. All submissions will be accredited to the festival. We are looking forward to see your films!

This year’s festival will take place on the 19th and 20th of May in Weimar/Germany. Save the date – we hope to see you there!



A Poetic Encounter | European Poetry Films from Belgium and Germany

On October 12, filmmakers from Belgium and Germany will meet, present their films and talk about the specifics of the genre. The filmmakers from Germany come from Weimar, where the “International Thuringian Poetry Film Days” have been held since 2020.

Guests: Ana María Vallejo, Catalina Giraldo, Rika Tarigan, Marc Neys, Jan Peeters, Paul Bogaert
Moderation: Michaël Vandebril
Language: English
Start: 5:30 p. m.
Venue: Cinema Galeries, Galerie de la Reine 26, 1000 Brussels

Prior registration is required. Click here to register

Audience Award 2022


The Audience Award goes to “Zyklus”!

The Audience Award goes to “Zyklus” by Filmmakers Eva Matz & Jonas Schmieta. Congratulations! – Thanks to the audience of the festival that visited us in our venues in Weimar and watched all films online. See you in 2023 again!


7th Poetry Film Festival select their winners!

The winners of the 7th Weimar Poetry Film Award are the films Jangan Lupa by  Jeremy Flohr (Jury Award Best Video) and A Body by Milena Tipaldo (Jury Award Best Animation).

The German film Zyklus by directors Eva Matz and Jonas Schmieta als well as the animation The Poetry of Non-Self by Dor Bar Shlomo received special mentions.

Congratulations to all winners!

Viewers can still vote online for the Audience Award until 31 May.


Trailer 22

Here we have our trailer for you to get a glimpse of what’s waiting for you.

The International PoetryFilm Festival of Thuringia 2022 are taking place from 20 to 22 May in Weimar. Films are available online until 31st Mai.

Editing: @sandra.motion
Music by & @magnitudebeats

Buy yout ticket!


Tickets – online & offline

The Poetryfilmtage 2022 will take place at various locations in Weimar:

It starts on Thursday, 20.5. in the big hall of the mon ami; there are programs in the cinema mon ami and the award ceremony in the cinema Lichthaus. You can also watch films on the internet in our media library.

There is no standard festival ticket. Get-together events are free and open to the public.

The mon ami offers tickets on its own website and at the tourist information in advance and at the box office.

At the mon ami cinema and the Lichthaus cinema, tickets are available at the box office.

For our Mediathek you can order your tickets on Eventbrite. With the confirmation of your payment you will receive the access code for the playlists on the individual program pages. These will be online from Friday afternoon, when the festival begins.

20.04.2022 news


New year, new visuals

This year it’s all about Greece. That’s what inspired Maria Fernanda Sánchez creating the design for this years poetryfilmtage festival.
To print this version of our poster we used a technique called risograph printing, a technique that has been developed in Japan and used since the 80s.
This amazing opportunity was given to us by the Risographie Atelier vibora_riso in Manizales, Colombia. What do you think about the new visuals?

SAVE THE DATE: The festival will be taking place from May 20th – 22nd in. The online library will be online for one more week after this.

Thank you!


Thank you!

The “International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia” thanks again for the many high-quality submissions for the 7th Weimar Poetry Film Award! 400 films from more than 50 countries were submitted to us this time. On April 21st we are going to announce the nominees of the 7th Weimar Poetry Film Award.

Videohaiku Workshop


Videohaiku Workshop

Haikus — these are short poems originating from Japan, which rely on an extreme compression of its content within three verses. This atmospheric energy is now supposed to be visually recreated: Video haikus are compact poetry films in which the form of the haiku is interpreted and adapted visually. In the workshop we discuss and examine forms and possibilities of this adaptation into the medium of video. The workshop is instructed by the media-artist Ana Vallejo. The results will be presented at the festival. The workshop is a cooperation with the ACC Galerie Weimar and takes place between the 1st and 2nd of April. You can sign up with an e-mail to

Stil The posh mums are boxing in the square


The Audience Award goes to “The posh mums are boxing in the square”!

The Audience Award goes to “The posh mums are boxing in the square” by dutch Filmmaker Helmie Stil. The film is based on the poem by Wayne Holloway-Smith and it is about a mother reimagined into life and given boxing gloves to fight off cancer. Congratulations Helmie! – Thanks to the audience of the festival that visited us in our venues in Weimar and watched all films online. See you in 2022 again!


Poetry Film Festival select their winners!

The winners of the 6th Weimar Poetry Film Award are the films “In the Bags of Strangers” (Jury Award Best Real Film) and “Verse from the Winter Campaign of 1980” (Jury Award Best Animation).

The Portuguese film “Ursula” (2020) by director Eduardo Brito received an special mention.

Viewers can still vote online for the Audience Award until 30 September.


And the winner is

Join us at the online Meeting of today on the platform ZOOM!

3 pm CET: Song of the Flies -a German-Colombian poetry film project Infos here
4 pm CET: And the Winner is… Infos here

And remember, you can watch all the films online until September 30th, when we are going to announce the Audience Award of our Official Selection!



The Catalogue is out now!

The International PoetryFilm Festival of Thuringia 2021 catalogue is now available for free download.
In addition to information about the festival itself, you will find information about the Poetry Film Award, the special programs and all the films.
It’s worth a look!
You can find the catalogue in the program overview or click here.


Trailer Time!

Less than a week to go before the International PoetryFilm Festival of Thuringia starts. Until then, we have a trailer for you to get a glimpse of what’s waiting for you.

The International PoetryFilm Festival of Thuringia 2021 will take place from 23-26 September online and in Situ in Weimar. Films are available online until 30th September.

Editing: @sandra.motion
Music by


Program now online!

Our programme overview is here!

Poetry films from all over the world, music, workshops, lectures, interviews, meetings and the sixth edition of our international competition.

In the overview you will find all information about the events – what, when and where!

Click here to check it out. 



Tickets are now available!

Tickets are now on sale for the Poetry Film Festival 2021! Get your ticket now for only 8€. Click here to proceed to our ticket shop!

You will get access to the online festival, which will be available on our website for 1 week from 23 September. 

With your ticket you can watch all films of the competition including the special programmes and have access to ZOOM talks and interviews.

For more information about the programme, check out our newsletter


Congratulations to the nominees!

Thank you very much for the 600 submissions from all over the world! In this year’s official selection we have 12 films from 7 different countries! The official selection for the competition can be watched online and in Weimar during the Award Ceremony on the 25th of September.

Wir suchen PraktikantIn


Join our Team!

Intern in the areas:
-> Organization of the media library
-> Management of digital film files
-> Graphic support for social media postings
-> Editing of texts for social media
-> Support in production tasks

Requirements: Knowledge of Illustrator and Premiere as well as good knowledge of English and German.
Send a short letter of motivation and your résumé by July 5th. to the festival address:
More info


Deadline Call 2021


Call 2021 | Two weeks to go!

The deadline for the 6th Weimar Poetry Film Award 2021 ends at May 31st:

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 2018 will not be considered. More Information here


Greeting from Susan Arnold. Winner Best Animation

Jury Award Best Animation: Subconscious Notes


Greetings from David Gaines. Winner Best Video


Poetry Film Festival select their main winners!

The winners of the 5th Weimar Poetry Film Award are the poetryfilms fine China (Jury Award for Best video) and Subconscious Notes (Jury Award for Best Animation). Viewers can vote for the audience award online until November 12th.

The jury of the 5th Weimar Poetry Film Prize, consisting of the Dutch filmmaker Helmie Stil, the photographer Kathrin Tillmanns from Düsseldorf and the literary scholar and poet Jan Röhnert from Braunschweig selected the US entry fine China (2020) as the winner of the 1000 Euro endowed prize in the category “Best Video”. It was directed by poet David Gaines, who lives near Philadelphia (USA) @davegpoetry. And in the “Best Animation” category, the German entry “Subconscious Notes / Notizen aus dem Unterbewusstsein” (2018) by the Leipzig-based filmmaker Susann Arnold won the prize, which is also endowed with 1000 euros.

(Photo Susann Arnold: © Daša Geiger)


Online Meeting with Helmie Stil – Postponed

The online meeting About the Bauhaus Lecture by Helmie Stil (with Helmie Stil) has to be postponed due to illness. More detailed information will follow shortly.


Official Trailer online!

We are super proud to present our brand new #festivaltrailer 2020! Watch, enjoy and feel free to share!


The nominees of the 5th Weimar Poetry Film Award 2020

Three weeks before the start of the online festival, the International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia announces the twenty-four nominated shorts for the Weimar Poetry Film Award.

19 Countries full of poetry! Let´s travel around the globe



Are you ready for #videohaiku ? 

Take part in this year’s special program: A two-day-workshop on the Art of Videohaiku. You will not only learn how to interpret Haikus on an audiovisual level but also contribute to this year’s program as all resulting films will be screened online as part of the festival. The workshop will take place from September 25th to 26th and is organized with ACC Galerie in Weimar. Sign up fast via mail to!


The beginning of something new

Four years ago we celebrated the very first edition of the “Weimar Poetry Film Award“. Integrated into the backup_festival which took place from 18. – 22. of May 2016, we offered a broad program with the participation of authors, curators, filmmakers and scientists. The Jury-Award was granted to Charles Badenhorst his contribution “WHAT ABOUT THE LAW“. The film “STEEL AND AIR“ by Chris and Nick Libbey won the Audience- Award.


Less than seven weeks

Until the start of the very first (online) Edition of the International PoetryFilmFestival of Thuringia. Three weeks of watching over 150 poetry films, plus workshops, lectures, interviews, live streams, and an international award ceremony – all this awaits poetry film fans and online visitors of the new festival.


International PoetryFilmFestival of Thuringia

We are happy to announce that as of this year the „Weimar Poetry Film Award“ turns into the „International PoetryFilmFestival of Thuringia“! We are jumping into the pool of online festivals and are currently planning the festivals’ first online edition, which will take place from Oct. 22nd – 25th! More information will follow soon.