Traditionally, the artist community and art association Art Visuals & Poetry is once again
organizer of two poetry film competitions:
The second competition called "Special Award" is still open for all nations, but dedicated to a given
festival poem. In 2019 the choice fell on the poem "First"
by the Austrian writer Sophie Reyer.
The festival provides this poem as a soundtrack to all participating film makers
including the copyrights and an English translation.
The main competition of the Vienna Poetry Film Festival 2019 was restricted to filmmakers
of the German-speaking countries. Submission closed May 20, 2019!
The Poetry Film itself is a hybrid of literature and film and a child of the digitization,
although the oldest known poetry film was made in 1905 in the United States.
The experimental poetry film of the animator Mario Björklund called Vuosirengas (Tree Ring) refers to the Finnish poetess Katri Vala.
The unknown Katri Vala Park in Sörnäinen, Helsinki,
is a meeting place for urban nature and poetry in this experimental animation documentary.
The shootings were held in a park in Helsinki named after the poetess Katri Vala (1901-1944),
who used to live nearby.
Live Act Michael Fischer & Poets Sophie Reyer & Christine Huber
There is pretty much opened due to the fact, that the Art Visuals & Poetry film competition are still running!
What we already know is, that the Viennese performance artist and musician Michael Fischer
will be improvising on the saxophone in interaction with the two poets Sophie Reyer and
Christine Huber. We are especially looking forward to this poetry live session of the three
Photo Slobodan Ciric
Festival host country USA
In 2019, the Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival will showcase a major US focus. Guest will be America's largest poetry film production label Motionpoems (film still Tash Tung/Natalie Diaz). A German partner festival is going to screen US poetry films. We do not want to reveal more details. But we hope, you will join the festival!
The Art Visuals & Poetry organizes poetry film screenings within the festival pause with partners all over Austria
We are mainly based in Vienna, where we already screen in the most renowned art house cinemas of the town. For example Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus is located beneath Musikverein in the heart of the old city center
of Vienna. The screenings are organized in cooperation between Künstlerhaus Vienna, which is the oldest art fine association in Vienna.
Poetry films by Sigrun Höllrigl and Hubert Sielecki will be screened at the film party Happy Birthday Freies Kino April 9, 2019.
Local Viennese poets will be reading at the Vienna Poetry Film Festival in between the film screenings.
The Viennese writer, composer and film maker Sophie Reyer will join these readings. More details upcoming!
Sigrun Höllrigl has founded the Austrian Poetry Film Festival in 2013. She studied literature (MA)
and works as a writer, film maker and event organizer in Vienna. In 2015/16 she has published two novels "Odysseus X"
and "The Camp" and realized poetry films with other film makers.