Filmpoem Festival 2017 at Depot, Lewes.

Filmpoem successfully partnered Depot in Lewes, East Sussex, on Saturday October 28th 2017 to present our established mix of poetry-film, live film performance, poets, filmmakers, and discussions and workshops.

Helmie Stil, organiser of this year’s festival created a trailer from footage of the new 10 National Poetry Competition Films commissioned by Alastair Cook – which were shown at the festival.

Events included-

– Première of two short animation films made by children during the Depot workshop, inspired by a poem by Colin West

– Live poetry performances by Louisa Campbell, Maria Jastrzębska and Siân Thomas

– Dean Atta performing his poetry live, showing his own poetry films, and also presenting three of his favorite poetry films from the South East

– Filmpoem and The Poetry Society present the 10 National Poetry Competition 2016 winners realized as poetry-film

– Madi Maxwell-Libby performed her poetry live, followed by a screening of the documentary We Belong, featuring Madi and seven other UK poets and spoken word artists on ‘state of the nation’ themes

– Ross Sutherland’s live performance of Stand-By For Tape Back-Up, his well-reviewed videopoem about memory, death and re-runs

– Open Competition winners presentation and screening

– Matt Abbott performed his poetry live and showed his poetry films

– Salena Godden, one of UK’s best spoken word poets, performed exciting new work live, and showed her newest poetry-film RED, written and filmed in response to the tampon tax and period poverty