Filmpoem was founded by artist Alastair Cook in 2009 and is dedicated to the filming of words. 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.  Alastair’s website is

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Festival Submissions Now Open!

Filmpoem Festival 2014 will be held on Saturday 14th June 2014 in the FelixPakhuis in Antwerp as part of Felix Poetry Festival. Filmpoem Festival is fully supported by Antwerpen Boekenstad and is working in partnership with The Poetry Society. Submissions are now being accepted for the Open Program. Please follow these instructions or click on the link on the HOME page. Deadline for all submissions is 1st May 2014 read more
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National Poetry Competition Filmpoems!

Felix Poetry Festival and Filmpoem cooked up a little poetry-film with National Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society – the first, second and third prize winners have all been given the Filmpoem treatment and can be seen here Bernard and Cerinthe is a film by Alastair Cook for Linda France’s first placed poem in the […] read more

Filmpoem 36/ Bernard and Cerinthe

Bernard and Cerinthe is a film by Alastair Cook for Linda France’s first placed poem in the National Poetry Competition 2013, commissioned by Filmpoem and Felix Poetry Festival in association with the Poetry Society. From the National Poetry Competition judges: ‘This strange narrative of a man being seduced by a plant charmed the judges with […] read more
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