Here’s some exciting news for local Filmmakers. Bokeh Yeah! is soon to launch another round of theTimeline Poem Film Challenge and are looking for DSLR filmmakers to get on board. This year, we have teamed up with Carcanet Press, Flapjack Press and Commonword who will be offering a wide range of works to choose from by published poets they are working with. The final screening of the films will be at at HOME in February 2016 will be in conjunction with The Manchester Literature Festival and there is an opportunity to win a £300 cash prize.
All the poems submitted have been previously published in print so this is a fabulous opportunity to create a film for your slate. Previous films created with Bokeh Yeah! have been chosen to screen at international film festivals, including those specifically featuring poem films. We will again be promoting films created for this challenge to those festivals.
How can I get involved? If you’re asking yourself this question, well I have some good news for you. On Tuesday 7th July Bokeh Yeah! will be holding a ‘Meet the Publishers’ event. Carcanet Press, Flapjack Press and Commonword will be at this session to introduce themselves and explain about the choice of poems on offer. The meeting will take place at MadLab (36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN) on Tuesday July 7 from 7pm. We will present some of the poems here for you to have sneak preview of before our official launch on 4th August ( same time, same place).
Please note that as Bokeh Yeah! is an unfunded community organisation there is no budget for these films but there is a cash prize of £300 for the winning film, which will be judged by an independent panel of film and literature specialists. These will be confirmed nearer to the final screening event. This prize will be equally shared between the winning filmmaker and poet.