Initiated in 2007, the festival's film programme is dedicated to showing both filmed poetry – either recordings of past readings or dramatisations of poetry – as well as the cutting edge medium of poetry film. A poetry film or videopoem strives for a symbiotic relationship of images, words, and sound and/or music. It can integrate all the arts – drama, dance, music, graphics and documentary elements. Some of the best poetry films and videopoems use stills, animation, documentary clips as well as abstract computer-generated graphics and narrative.
As part of our filmpoem selection for 2018, we’ll be showcasing films and writing created as part of the Mansio project, which commissioned and celebrated new work from writers, artists and thinkers responding to stones and stories around Hadrian’s Wall. The outcome includes poems by Hollie McNish, Lemn Sissay, Colette Bryce and Daljit Nagra.
We’ll also be screening Hopscotsch, a filmpoem which responds to racism, sexism and Islamophobia on the street. Based on Nadine Aisha Jassat’s spoken word piece of the same name and directed by Roxana Vilk, the film was executive produced by AMina – MWRC and supported by Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.
As part of our Going Dutch focus for 2018, a range of films from Flanders and the Netherlands will be included in the film loops.
The Dutch films featured include four from il Luster, the Netherlands' leading production company in independent animation. Founded in 1997 by producers Arnoud Rijken and Michiel Snijders, il Luster produces animation, commissioned productions, short films, TV series and full-length animated films for the cinema. One of the films showing at StAnza is from il Luster’s Dicht/Vorm Modern series, De man van Taal, with a poem by Ruben van Gogh, directed by Juan de Graaf. The other three are short animated films from il Luster’s Dicht/Vorm Klassiekers series. Aan Rika by Juan de Graaf is an interpretation of a poem by Piet Paaltjens. Paradise Regained is by Hendrik Marsmen and Poëzie is kinderspel is by Bouwine Pool.
Also included for 2018 are two short films from the Dutch Frisian film maker Sytse Jansma from Harlingen (a Friesian harbour city in the north of the Netherlands). He trained as a school teacher before returning to Windesheim University in Zwolle to study Fine Arts and Design in Education. He has been making films for more than ten years. Phallus’ Summer Nights was screened at the International Video Poetry Festival 2015 in Athens, and Poetry is drowning in tap water is one of his earlier films.
In association with Hexham Book Festival and Arts&Heritage, who delivered the Mansio project, with the support of Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, il Luster and Sytse Jansma.