1,200 Submissions for the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2018

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The selection committee of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster | Berlin has taken up their work. 1,200 short films from 94 countries have been submitted. Over the next few weeks, around 80 films will be selected for this year’s competitions.

Most submissions are from Germany (143), followed by the USA (137) and Great Britain (126). However, the films are in fact from all over the world – from Malaysia, Nigeria or Uruguay. Only ten percent of the films have been shot in German language. At least, 27 films are from North Rhine-Westphalia.

Half of the films are no longer than five minutes, only a few extend a fifteen-minute span. 1,000 films have been made by experienced directors, 200 are debut films.

The submissions tackle current issues like identity, homeland and migration as well as political and social developments within the individual countries of origin. War is a recurrent topic in many films. Other popular themes concern personal experience, love and family stories as well as the ongoing search for one’s place in the world.

The selected films will be screened within five competitions at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster | Berlin from September 27th to 30th 2018 at the Schloßtheater Münster. This year’s focus is the USA, core themes are the beat generation and spoken word. The festival is organized by Filmwerkstatt Münster in cooperation with the Haus für Poesie. It is sponsored by the Kunststiftung NRW, the state of NRW and the city of Münster.

From August on – in order to get attuned – the filmclub münster will screen feature films and documentaries on the Beat Generation at the Schloßtheater as part of the series „Halbtotale“. The winning films as well as further outstanding submissions from the competitions will be screened from November 30th to December 1st 2018 at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.