Filmpoem was founded by artist Alastair Cook in 2010 and is dedicated to the filming of words; based in the world festival capital of Edinburgh, Filmpoem has grown to become an international poetry, film, festival and workshop project. The combination of film and poetry is an attractive one. For the poet, perhaps a hope that the filmmaker will bring something to the poem: a new audience, a visual attraction, the laying of way markers; for the filmmaker, a fixed parameter to respond to, the power of a text sparking the imagination with visual connections and metaphor.
Filmpoem Festival Fifteen is an open-ended series of events and screenings. After our successful Antwerp festival in 2014, we are working with The Poetry Society and a series of universities and poetry festivals, presenting Filmpoem’s established mix of poetry-film, live film performance, poets, filmmakers, and discussions. We are open to work from across the world, […] read more
The Literaturwerkstatt Berlin and CHASED, an online magazine from Berlin, interviewed Filmpoem founder Alastair Cook for an article on the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. How can poetry and film unite? AC: The very first films had text in them, often poetic texts. They have always united, there has always been a marriage between poetry and film, though […] read more
Filmpoem director Alastair Cook invited the National Poet of Scotland (our Makar) Liz Lochhead to read three Robert Burns poems. Together with Italian composer Luca Nasciuti, Liz and Alastair have created three beautifully crafted interpretations of some of Burns’s most loved works. read more
All images and films copyright Alastair Cook 2015 unless expressly indicated otherwise.