October 17th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Posted by pc in Poetry Events and News


4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced
16th October 2016

Congratulations to Marie Craven, whose brilliant film Dictionary Illustrations has won Ó Bhéal’s 4th poetry-film competition award at the IndieCork Festival of Independant Cinema & Music. Marie’s film was in competition with twenty-eight other shortlisted entries representing 15 countries, which you can read all about here. Our thanks to all the filmmakers and poets for submitting, there was a record entry of 163 films from twenty-eight countries this year. We’re already looking forward to what 2017 will bring!

Dictionary Illustrations (2:13)

Poem: Dictionary Illustrations by Sarah Sloat

Synopsis – Searching for a word, I set off browsing the dictionary illustrations.

Director: Marie Craven (Australia)

Marie Craven assembles short videos from poetry, music, voice and moving images by various artists around the world. Created via the internet, the pieces are collaborative in a way that belongs to the 21st century. Social networking and open media licensing are key to the process. Since 2014, Marie has put together many video poems, most often in association with The Poetry Storehouse and Pool creative group.

She has also collaborated for several years as a vocalist with electronic musicians globally, also via the internet. During the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote and directed short narrative and experimental films that were screened and awarded widely at international film festivals. Her earliest involvement in media was in the mid-1980s with super 8 film-making in Melbourne.


“Dictionary Illustrations was a perfect film poem because, remembering it, we can’t distinguish which parts were the words, which the images, which the sounds: each element harmonised perfectly with the others to create one discrete artwork. This effect is so rare, and so rewarding.”

Kathy D’Arcy & Rossa Mullin

Submissions will open for the 5th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2017 at this link.

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