Are You Making Your Movie?


OK! So it’s been a little while, and I wanted to check back in – everyone’s making their movies, right? You know about the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, yes?

Well, there have been some osm new developments for RHPFF, and I totally want to tell you all about them – check this stuff out:

♦First of all, submissions are now FREE! There is no longer an entry fee associated with submissions to the festival – yessiree, Bob, you can now submit your poem film to the festival for the mere price of postage. So much win \o/ Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign* – we raised almost $600 last month, and covered pretty much all of the prize money. This baby is free now – please take advantage of that delicious little fact.

♦Secondly, do you know about the Venue Challenge? The venue that submits the most poem films (or you can call them videos, of course), with a minimum of five submissions, gets one of the awards named in its honor. So at the awards ceremony and viewing party this autumn, we might be announcing The Boston Cantab Award for Best Animation. Or the Slam Free Or Die I Shot It On My Lawn Phone Award. Or the Louder Arts Award for Best Music or Sound. How about the Busboys and Poets Best Valentine? The winning venue gets to pick the prize they want to call their own. Think about it – how cool would it be if your venue could claim that kind of bragging right? (And also a full page ad in the program!) And, because you were wondering, yes, you can totally rep the Poets’ Asylum – do it!

♦And perhaps the coolest news on the radar is the addition of the Shoots! Youth Prize. Through the contributions of an anonymous donor, RHPFF was able to set up this prize for poets and filmmakers 17 and under. It will be its own $100 prize category, and all submissions to Shoots! will also be qualified for the other prizes..

Which means that now, in addition to the $200 prize for Best Overall Picture, RHPFF will be awarding  $100 prizes in categories for Best Animation, Best Music in a Video, Best Smartphone Production, Under 1 Minute, and Valentine and the Shoots! Prize!

Are you stoked now? I’m so stoked! Time to make some movies! (Rules recap beneath the fold.)

Here’s a quick recap of the rules, short n’ sweet,  for your handy reference:

– 4 minutes in time length or less
– the poet cannot perform the poem in the video
– own the rights to the work or have permission
– get that stuff postmarked by June 15th

See you in the postbox? See you in the postbox!

Please feel free to spread this information wildly! Also, if you would like flyers or other promo material, touch base with me & I’ll email you that stuff!


*The Go Fund Me is actually still open, if you’re hankering to contribute. It’s right here, and it’s also the quickest way to reserve a seat for yourself for the viewing party and awards ceremony in fall. And also if you just want a sticker ~.o


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