The winners of the Light Up Poole Film Poetry competition have been announced and we’re excited to share the details with you here!

You may well be asking yourself – what exactly is Film Poetry?  This exciting sub-genre of film has grown in popularity over the last couple of years and fuses the use of spoken word and poetry with visual images and sound.

To introduce the competition Light up Poole held a film poetry weekend at Poole Museum in conjunction with Artfulscribe, who develop and promote new and emerging writers. In a workshop led by Helen Dewberry and Chaucer Cameron, participants were able to learn all about the genre of film poetry and were encouraged to submit their own creations to the competition. With 77 submissions in total from countries as far afield as Australia, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, France, Peru, Russia, USA, Canada, Portugal and the Philippines it was a tough task for judges and film poetry experts Liberated Words to select just 29 for their initial long list. After then whittling the list down to just 10 entries (which will all be played in the cinema at Lighthouse from April onwards to mark our 40th birthday) the judges finally named their top 4, which can also be seen as part of the Light Up Poole festival this week.

 The winner of the competition (who takes home £500 in prize money) was Kneading Language by Celia Parra Diaz, which you can watch below. The judges said of it:

“Beautiful and evocative both in terms of the visuals and the poem.

The quiet directness and closeness of the camera allows us to feel an emotional bonding within the fragility of family life, through the simple act of baking.  We are in the room, welcomed by the respectful, loving, confidentiality of the voice into the poet’s private world, and also one with all families since the beginning of time. The poetry is there to record this moment, clear and unsentimental – ‘we are knitting and unknitting a language that protects us from the cold’ – means both winter but also the cold of not belonging to each other; in other words we immediately feel the deep value to the poet of traditional family rituals such as this. It is accomplished as a film in that it has been edited with exactly the right amount of pace for the observer: from fire to face to dough; and it feels totally complete in itself, which is rare. Finally, the sadness of the dedication at the end also serves to underpin the importance of validating through poetry film the people and moments that really signify in life.”


The other entries to make it to the top 10 of the competitionwere:

October Fourth - Giacomo Daverio
Human - Steph Holmquest and Nic Bean
The Noble Amateur - Matt Miles
Blue Flash Flash - Julia Bird/Jane Glennie
Kin - Meriel Lland
A Scientist’s Advice on Healing - Kate Sweeney
Bun Stop - Dan Douglas
Jupiter - Sally Fryer
Only Bound by my Imagination - Diana Taylor
The Map She is Trying to Follow - Marcia Pelletiere


Congratulations to all finalists – we look forward to watching your film poems in the Lighthouse cinema from April!

Published 13 February 2018