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ARTIST CALL: Poetry Projection Project: A WritersCorps Film Event

The Poetry Projection Project: A WritersCorps Film Event
Entry Deadline: March 26, 2012, 11 p.m. PST
Screenings: April 21, 2012

The Poetry Projection Project is an annual video contest held by WritersCorps, an award-winning creative writing program for youth. WritersCorps calls on filmmakers and video artists of all ages to create work based on youth writing. Videos will be screened during National Poetry Month in April 2012 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and online at

WritersCorps will award two $200 cash prizes, one prize to the best film made by an adult age 23 and over, and one prize to the best film made by a young person age 22 and under. Entries will be juried by special guests: San Francisco Supervisor David Campos and award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins.

In keeping with WritersCorps’ mission of helping youth through creative expression, the Poetry Projection Project engages filmmakers to explore the power of young people’s words and voices.


For the adult category (age 23 and over), videos must include the entire text or audio of one poem by a WritersCorps student, found here: Poetry Projection Project – The Poems.

For the youth category (age 22 and under), videos must include the entire text of one of the WritersCorps poems OR any poem written by a youth (aged 22 and under), so long as the filmmakers obtain permission to use the poem. If the poet is under 18, permission must be obtained from the poet’s parent/guardian.

All videos must credit the poet.

If the poem is by a WritersCorps student, the video must also credit San Francisco WritersCorps.

Total Running Time: Videos must not exceed 5 minutes in length, including credits.

Styles: Submissions can be in any style or genre of video, including, but not limited to, narrative, experimental, film art/video art, documentary, and animation.

Family Friendly Content: Videos must be suitable for screening at family venues that are open to all ages. Accordingly, we strongly discourage film contest submissions which contain nudity, sexually explicit imagery, profanity, or graphic depictions of violence.

Screening Format: If your entry is selected for public screenings at the Poetry Projection Project, you agree to provide a copy on a data DVD under an Apple ProRes 422 codec. If the option of delivering the film in ProRes 422, please deliver it as a high resolution Quicktime H.263 file. The film must be formatted in 16:9 or 16:9 letterbox (if the original is shot in 4:3, please export it as 16:9). You may send in additional 4:3 files, but for our screening, we will require the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Entry Form: All submissions must include a completed Entry Form and Release & Agreement. If you are under 18, consent from a parent, guardian or teacher is required as well at time of submission. There is no entry fee.

Send completed Release and Agreement forms to WritersCorps, 25 Van Ness Ave Suite 345, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Deadline: Submissions must be uploaded to YouTube by 11 p.m. PST on March 26, 2012.

Evaluation Criteria:Videos will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, quality, and artistic merit.

Submission via YouTube:All contest submissions must be uploaded via YouTube for judging. The use of YouTube for contest submissions does not imply an endorsement of the site or its parent company by WritersCorps.

Note: You may not see your video on YouTube immediately after uploading. Uploads can take time and all videos will first be reviewed by a site moderator. Be sure your uploads are complete and visible on YouTube by the contest deadline. We recommend allowing time for unforeseen difficulties. All videos posted to YouTube will be subject to YouTube’s privacy policy and may also be subject to applicable public records laws.

Please include the URL of your video in the entry form.

Questions? Please email or call 415.252.4655.

Contact: Rick Kitagawa

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