Poetry in film
A film is never really good
unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. Distributors,
naturally, are all of the opinion that poets donít sell seats.
They do not discern whence comes the very language of the
cinema. Without poets, the vocabulary of the film would be far
too limited ever to make a true appeal to the public. The
equivalent of a babble of infants would not sell many seats. If
the cinema had never been fashioned by poetry, it would have
remained no more than a mechanical curiosity, occasionally on
view like a stuffed whale."
-Orson Welles, from "Ribbon of Dreams"
Poetry is porous and
facile in its seamless extension over many genres. Short films
use the language and images of metaphor and metonymy much the
same as poetry does. the festival will be giving a stage to
poetry films an order to widen the
space of poetry. There will be space for talented young
poets-filmmakers to showcase their talent to an international
audience Films based on poems, poems turned into films are