Festival opening

Together with guests, filmmakers and poets, we celebrate the kick-off of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster | Berlin at Schloßtheater Münster. We show a filmic vista of highlights and programme focuses.
Thursday, 27.10. at 8:00 p.m.

Award ceremony

And the winner is ... Four prizes totaling 12,000 Euro will be awarded by the three-member international jury, including the "ZEBRA Award for the best poetry film", the "Goethe Film Award", the "Ritter Sport Film Award", as well as the "Award for the Best film for Tolerance". As well as this, the Audience Jury Prize for the NRW Competition will be awarded, and the ZEBRINO Award for the best poetry film for children.
Sunday, 30.10. at 8:00 p.m.

International Competition

This year, more than 1,100 submissions from 86 countries were submitted to the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster | Berlin, among which 80 have been nominated by the program commission to compete in the international and national competitions. Four prizes totaling 12,000 Euro will be awarded by the three-member international jury, including the "ZEBRA Award for the best poetry film" sponsored by the Haus für Poesie, the "Goethe Film Award" sponsored by the Goethe Institute, the "Ritter Sport Film Award" established by the kind donations from the Alfred Ritter GmbH and Co KG, as well as the "Award for the Best film for Tolerance" sponsored by the Foreign Office.
(1) Friday, 28.10. at 7:30 p.m.; rep. Saturday, 29.10. at 2:30 p.m.
(2) Friday, 28.10. at 10:00 p.m.; rep. Saturday, 29.10. at 10:30 p.m.
(3) Saturday, 29.10. at 5:00 p.m.; rep. Sunday, 30.10. at 12:30 p.m.
(4) Saturday, 29.10. at 10:00 p.m.; rep. Sunday, 30.10. at 2:30 p.m.

German Language Competition

The German speaking world is well known for its rich and diverse traditions of poetry. The German Language Film Competition, which makes its debut in the 2016 festival, will showcase the best submissions from Germany and Austria. Among the submissions, 15 poetry films will compete for the "Ritter Sport Film Award", an award established by Alfred Ritter GmbH and Co KG.
Saturday, 29.10. at 7:30 p.m.; rep. Sunday, 30.10. at 5:30 p.m.

NRW Competition

Since ZEBRA will take place for the first time in its history in Münster, a program showcasing the state?s (Nordrhein-Westphalia) own poetry films has been established. In the competition, 18 Films will compete for the "Award for the best poetry film of Nordrhein-Westphalia", which is established with the support of Lufthansa AG.
Saturday, 29.10. at 5:30 p.m.; rep. Sunday, 30.10. at 3:00 p.m.

Festival Poem

In this year's festival, we have permission from Dutch poet Mustafa Stitou, author of the poem oracle van een gevonden schoen, to use said poem as a theme for short films. Inspired by the poem, the six best out of twenty filmmakers who had centered their film on oracle van een gevonden schoen have been invited to Münster to present and exchange perspectives that inspired their different approaches to interpreting the poem. The poet Mustafa Stitou will also be present at this section for a reading of his work.
Sunday, 30.10. at 5:00 p.m.

Focus NL + Flanders

As part of the official programme of the Frankfurt Book Fair, ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster will bring into focus Dutch language and literature this year, and present work of artists from Netherlands and Flanders. With selected poetry films from this year's submissions, award-winning classics and poetry written in the Masterclass "Poetry across the borders", ZEBRA will showcase the diversity in language arts in the area between the dunes and the polders. In addition there will be poetry readings and film talks on Dutch poetry films.
Deus Ex Machina & Film Poems, Friday, 28.10. at 5:00 p.m.
Selections from the entries 2016 / Classics, Sunday, 30.10. at 3:00 p.m.

Masterclass "Poetry across the borders"

Under the facilitation of the joint workshop held by Filmwerkstatt Münster and DZIGA of Nijmegen (NL), filmmakers from different countries cooperated in pairs to produce poetry films. Under the supervision of the filmmakers Rainer Komers and Bea de Visser, the group met regularly to work on their projects. An important inspiration of their project was the work of the poet Frouke Arns, who read her poetry to the group at their first meeting. Her work inspired the films of Victorine van Alphen, Ruut van der Beele, Christian Fries and Sina Seiler, who used her poetry in their poetry films.
Saturday, 29.10. at 8:00 p.m.

Poëzie / Reading

The Dutch-language poets from Netherlands and Flanders will read their works, many of which have been rendered into poetry films. In this reading, the audience will be offered a glimpse of the contemporary landscape of Dutch poetry. Among the readers will be Mustafa Stitou, whose poetry plays a central thematic role in this year's festival. The readings will be accompanied by translations in German and English.
Saturday, 29.10. at 4:00 p.m. at Factory Hotel

Prism: A Four-Part Program

Prism is a four part program composed of the sections "Triadic Dimensions", "Poetry Clips", "Film Poems" and "Poetry Generation". Characterized by a wide range of themes such as crises, flight, desire, fear, lust and love, films from Prisma will fully showcase the human condition.

Prism: Triadic-Dimensions

In this program, poetry will take on the beat of modern rhythms to provoke passionate performances. In the threefold resonance between tone, rhythm and movement, audiences will witness the unleashing of language's power.
Thursday, 27.10. at 10:00 p.m.; rep. Saturday, 29.10. at 2:00 p.m.

Prism: Poetry Clips

Music Videos have existed in the world of media for over thirty years. Revolutionizing the form of Music Videos, performances of spoken-word poetry and prose will be shown in cinematic forms in this program. The stimulating mixture of sound and film material will give rise to new and interesting sensual experiences.
Friday, 28.10. at 10:30 p.m.; rep. Saturday, 29.10. at 3:00 p.m.

Prism: Film Poems

The poem often springs from one image to another, plays with our imagination, inspiring new feelings and creating new worlds. Similar with experimental films, Film Poems are responses to the complex lyric composed of pictures and sounds. These films, with its overwhelming nature, have the capacity to convey apocalyptic scenes, such those of war and the images of the ruins of ancient cities.
Friday, 28.10. at 5:30 p.m.

Prism: Poetry Generation

The fascination with poetry films has since long ago captured German university students. Poetry films of our generation made by German students will be presented in this event, during which student filmmakers will be present onstage to introduce their work.
Saturday, 29.10. at 4:30 p.m.

Retrospective: Klaus Peter Dencker

The visual poet and literary scholar Klaus Peter Dencker is widely considered to be the inventor of the TV poetry. Klaus Peter Dencker created the Sequencing form, which in turn has influenced his work of visual poetry. Throughout his years in the television industry, he played an important role in creating more than 100 documentary and experimental films for ARD and ZDF, including influential experimental films like starfighter, rausch and Austronaut, which were broadcasted over the now defunct SWF of Baden-Baden during 1970-1971. Professor Dencker will be present at the Retrospective to talk about his work.
Friday, 28.10. at 8:00 p.m.

ZEBRINO Competition

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster/Berlin will make poetic forays with younger audiences. What is a poetry film? Where does the idea of making a cinematic poem come from? What is a poem? ZEBRINO is a lineup of colorful short films based on poems which target audiences of 10-14 years old and aims to bring children closer to the genre of poetry film. In this program, the young visitors will not only meet a rabbit-turtle, a black bear, people with funny mice, but also travel with two brothers back into their past. In the end, the young participants will get to choose their favorite film by voting.
Friday, 28.10. at 10:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Fascination Poetry Film

Poetry film is not only poetry in its visual form, but rather a third and new means of expression between text and cinema. Poetry films have for a long time gained traction among international audiences, who have seen and discussed this new form. In this festival, an interdisciplinary colloquium on the genre will be organized, in which filmmakers, poets, and publishers will be invited to discuss the form and use of poetry films.
Saturday, 29.10. at 1:30 p.m. at Factory Hotel