The European Foundation Joris Ivens will organize in March 2011 it`s first cinepoem competition. Wijtertuin and GoShort join into this new media experience. Wintertuin is a pioneer in the Netherlands in the field of crossover in literary productions. Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen is already in preparation for its third edition. Now these three organizations are bundled to organize a high quality, innovative and distinctive programs around the European cinepoem.
During this unique event the Wintertuin-Joris Ivens Award will be awarded to an upcoming European talent.
The three organizations are committed to a quality survey of the contemporary cinepoem, to offer a production environment and to encourage young talent. The program is presented within a historical context in which contemporary works can be reflected.
The Cinepoem is emerging as an art form, is contemporary but at the same time it has its roots in the early days of film culture. The film avant-garde in the 20’s of the last century began with the creation of film poems. Man Ray, Paul Strand, Fernand Léger, Joris Ivens. They wanted to elevate film in this way to an art form. Joris Ivens filmed in 1929, his first cinepoem titled Rain (wich is included in the film canon of the Netherlands), and later in his film career he made several poetic films. This was partly because he was befriended and collaborated with poets as Hendrik Marsman, JJ Slauerhoff, Pablo Neruda, Jacques Prévert, Nazim Hikmet, Gerrit Kouwenaar and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Alberto Moravia, Bertolt Brecht and Marguerite Duras.
The cinepoem revives as a new and modern phenomenon: movies with content, form and aesthetics of poetry as a typical example of crossover between two art forms. Worldwide some new festivals emerged that focus on the cinepoem. Good examples are ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin and the International Poetry Film Festival in the United States.