Bokeh yeah, Filmpoem and The Poetry Society present an evening of poem film in Fujairah UAE
About the organisations involved
The Poetry Society
The Poetry Society is the leading poetry organisation in the UK. For over a hundred years we’ve been a lively and passionate source of energy and ideas, opening up and promoting poetry to an ever-growing community of people.
Our work ranges from publishing leading international poetry magazine The Poetry Review and hosting acclaimed national poetry competitions, to developing educational work and commissioning a packed calendar of performances and readings. We’re on a mission to connect people to the transformative power of poetry.
Become a member of The Poetry Society today and you’ll join thousands of other people making a deeper connection with poetry and the poetry world. Full membership includes subscription to The Poetry Review and Poetry News, regular e-bulletins and even more poetry advice, offers and discounts: including access to our nationwide network of Stanza poetry groups.
The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition
Established in 1978, The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone. The roll-call of winners includes the current UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Jo Shapcott, Colette Bryce and Philip Gross.
The Poetry Society opens up further opportunities for all winning and commended poets each year, including invitations to read at events and festivals around the UK plus ongoing support and recognition in the years ahead. Recent winners had their poems adapted into filmpoems, shown at festivals in the UK and Europe.
Filmpoem is an artists’ moving image project founded by British artist Alastair Cook in 2010, committed to delivering education and community projects as well as promoting the work of poets, filmmakers and composers. Filmpoem regularly collaborates with organisations such as the Poetry Society, Poetry International and Southbank.
Filmpoem works with The Poetry Society to commission 10 filmmakers each year to adapt The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition poems and deliver these new works. This year’s batch being premiered at The Poetry Society’s new venue in London UK in October and also shown at Depot in Lewes, East Sussex UK.
Established in Manchester UK 2011, by Filmmaker and Educator Adele Myers, Bokeh Yeah! was founded to bring together emerging filmmakers, interested in developing their skills through sharing sessions, workshops, and collaborative opportunities. The group was administrated voluntarily and offers free peer-to-peer training to those who attend. As a community training and networking organisation, Bokeh Yeah! is dedicated to enabling talent to flourish.
The group explores the various processes of filmmaking and teaches technical skills such as camera operation, sound editing, lighting and much more. It hosts demonstrations of filming equipment, inviting industry professionals to present to the group and offer advice and guidance. It also showcases films made with DSLR cameras, and co-ordinates challenges to create short films in a variety of genres.
Over the years, Bokeh Yeah! Has encourages a variety of members to create through structured challenges. The numerous short films ranging from poem-film adaptations to music videos have been exhibited in festivals across the world. The group’s skill sharing ethos has been demonstrated internationally at TIFAZ & Unfold Arcadia Zimbabwe and the Dimensions Arts Centre Chongqing, Sichuan Province China. Currently through Myers’ work in UAE the ideas will continue to be developed and film made in Fujairah UAE.
Past collaborations with Dimensions Arts Centre Chongqing, TIFAZ & Unfold Arcadia Zimbabwe, HOME UK, Manchester Literature Festival UK, Comma Press UK, Single Cell Collective UK, Manchester Craft and Design Centre UK, KinoFilm UK and Three Minute Theatre UK, all have helped emerging filmmaking talent to create short films. These organisations have offered assistance in multiple ways - providing venues for example, or via instructional talks, helping to nurture the peer-to-peer educational ethos of the group. Furthermore, some of the films created have screened at film festivals around the world including Zebra Poem Film Festival Berlin, Norway, Poland, Portugal and South Africa. ( A festival list can be provided on request ).
Writer, Poetry Filmmaker and co-founder of Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival and events.