Call for entries: 7th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film competition

Ó Bhéal 2019 Poetry-Film Competition logo

I’m pleased to see that the Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition is back for another year. Submissions opened on May 1 and close on August 15. The 7th Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition is organized as usual in association with the IndieCork festival of independent film and music, which will be held on October 6 to 13 in Cork, Ireland.

2019 is Ó Bhéal’s tenth year screening International poetry-films, and seventh year featuring this competition. Up to thirty films will be shortlisted and screened during the festival in October. One winner will receive the Indie Cork / Ó Bhéal prize for best Poetry-Film.

2019 Judges: poet/filmmaker Colm Scully & poet Stanley Notte

The submission deadline is August 15th, 2019.


Entry is free to anyone, and should be made via email to – including the following info in an attached word document:

  • Name and duration of Film
  • Name of director
  • Country of origin
  • Contact details
  • Name of Poet
  • Name of Poem
  • Synopsis
  • Filmmaker biography
  • and a Link to download a high-resolution version of the film.**

** If you are sending a vimeo or youtube link, etc, please ensure that the download button is enabled.

You may submit as many entries as you like. Films must interpret, or convey a poem which must be present in its entirety, having been completed no earlier than 15th August 2017. They may not exceed 10 minutes in duration. Non-English language films will require English subtitles. The final shortlist will be announced here during September.

Shortlisted films also appear in Ó Bhéal’s poetry-film touring programme, at a number of film and literary festivals, to date including the Clare Island Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Stanzas in Limerick, the Cyclops festival in Kiev, Poemaria in Vigo, the Madeira Literary Festival (2018), Salerno Letteratura (2018) and Cadence: Video Poetry Festival in Seattle (2019). Shortlisted entries are also screened throughout the year from Ó Bhéal’s competition shortlist archive (in random), at the start of each Ó Bhéal poetry evening.

Best of Luck!

Dave is the founder of Moving Poems, and posts videos for his own poems (along with lots of other stuff) at Via Negativa. Here's a bio.


  1. Thanks Dave!
    Fantastic to have your support, as always, it’s the best poetry-film/video poetry source out there.

  2. Entry is free to anyone, and should be made via email to poetryfilm [at]
    So when you click on the above link provided it should take you to an e-mail ???
    And a section with a big ENTER HERE button. Please advise.
    Thank you

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