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An Introduction to the Film-Poem

17/06/2014 15:31 BST | Updated 16/08/2014 10:59 BST

2014-06-16-10464042_10152223410208981_8082071796767046186_n.jpg Poets, musicians and filmmakers from all over the world converged on a converted packing house in Antwerp, Belgium last Saturday for a day of gorging on film-poems. It was glorious.

While last year in Dunbar, Scotland had an element of novelty on its side, this year was carefully structured to up the ante. A group of Dutch and Flemish film-poem artists presented their work, along with the debut screening of the UK National Poetry Competition film-poems, Absent Voices films, conversations with poets in response film-poems of their work that they had just seen, and even live performances of voice and music in accompaniment to film. The scope, variety, and innovation was impressive, not to mention the roster of heavy-hitters in both the poetry and film genres.

Organiser Alastair Cook emphasised the point that the film-poem genre is an inclusive and encouraging one--suggesting that we all start somewhere, even if with the video facility on our smart phones, and start making film-poems. Particularly helpful in that regard was the first screening, an introduction to the film-poem. Luckily, most of the works that Alastair picked to illustrate the depth and range of this genre are also available online. What follows, below, are those films (recommended to view in full-screen mode).

Watch. Enjoy. Make film-poems. Perhaps I'll see you at a film-poem festival soon.

Four Years From Now Walking With My Daughter

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/73646892" rel="nofollow">Four Years From Now Walking With My Daughter</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/mrlizer" rel="nofollow">Liam Owen</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Who'd have thought

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/78107520" rel="nofollow">Who'd have thought (a poetry film)</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user15351216" rel="nofollow">Melissa Diem</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p>

How to be a Poet

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/94959268" rel="nofollow">Filmpoem 37/ How to be a Poet</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/alastaircook" rel="nofollow">Alastair Cook</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p>

repeaT

<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUCwJq_wHZA" rel="nofollow">repeaT - Polarbear</a> on YouTube.</p>

The Royal Oak

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/79981298" rel="nofollow">The Royal Oak</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/sandrasalter" rel="nofollow">Sandra Salter</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p> <!-- entry_paragraph_4_ad --> <div id="entry_paragraph_4" class="entry-body--paragraph-ad"> <div class="ad_spot " > <!-- TAG START { player: "HuffPost UK Outstream", owner: "ONE Video by AOL", for: "Huffington Post UK" } --> <div id="579a0eb2db4bc65d970d26cb" class="vdb_player vdb_579a0eb2db4bc65d970d26cb56bdff2c67b6233ed4c2d3c5" vdb_params="m.channel=entertainment&m.adminibar=true&m.o2inline=inview"> <script type="text/javascript" src="//delivery.vidible.tv/jsonp/pid=579a0eb2db4bc65d970d26cb/56bdff2c67b6233ed4c2d3c5.js?m.channel=entertainment&m.adminibar=true&m.o2inline=inview"></script> </div> <!-- TAG END { date: 07/28/16 } --> </div> </div>

Racing Time

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/52222410" rel="nofollow">Racing Time</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user6729682" rel="nofollow">Adele Myers</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Balada Catalana

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/8719658" rel="nofollow">Balada Catalana</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/laensanches" rel="nofollow">Laen Sanches</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p>