Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival

Wed 17th May 17: Worcester County Poetry Association to Sponsor Shoots! Youth Prize at 2017 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival

WORCESTER, MA – Doublebunny Press is proud to announce today that the Worcester County Poetry Association will be sponsoring the 2017 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival’s Shoots! Youth Prize.

The Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival is a competition meant to highlight poetry and visual art at the intersection of film. The festival, due to take place in Worcester in October of 2017, focuses on short films that illustrate original poems, all of which are non-performance based (read: no footage of the poems being performed).

As well as a $200 prize for Best Overall Production, Rabbit Heart will be awarding $100 prizes in six other categories: Best Animated, Best Music/Sound, Best Smartphone Production, Best Under 1 Minute, Best Valentine, and the Shoots! youth prize. The matinee, and then the gala awards ceremony and viewing party will be at Nick’s Bar in Worcester, MA on October 21st.

Doublebunny Press believes strongly in a zeitgeist where art is the crux of the biscuit, and we know empowering youth to speak their truths is an important step toward that goal. Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival welcomes young poets and filmmakers to the table with this special award for a poetryfilm made by an individual 17 years of age or younger. Pennsylvania poet/filmmaker Shira Moolton won the Shoots! prize in 2016 for her poetryfilm, Hardboiled Egg. Thanks to the generous support of the Worcester County Poetry Association, we are able once again to award this very special prize in 2017.

About Doublebunny Press
Doublebunny Press is a small independent press that serves the New England area through poetry design, layout, and production of fine books and posters. Doublebunny also supported Omnivore Magazine, a poetry and arts monthly which, during its three-year run, published poetry and articles by over 150 authors, and carried a national subscription base.
Doublebunny has a history of great spoken word events in Worcester. They combined forces with The Worcester Poets’ Asylum to present V Day to the city in 2002 and 2003, and the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2005. In 2014, Doublebunny brought the inaugural Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival to the city, and in now for the fourth year’s festival, they plan an even more exciting show for Worcester, inviting the imagination of poets and filmmakers to once again take center stage, as they partner with WCPA..

About Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival
Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival is one of very few outlets in the US for poetry on film, and the only festival that asks that the author of the poem participate in the making of the production.Over the last three years Rabbit Heart attracted international attention, including not only submissions from six continents, but the honor of a showcase in the 2015 CYCLOP festival in Ukraine, and poetryfilm showings in Barcelona, Spain at pro.l.e in 2015 and 2016.

About the Worcester County Poetry Association
The Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA) was founded in 1971 with a threefold mission: celebrate the rich literary history and creative energy of Central Massachusetts through public readings, workshops, festivals, scholarly conferences and other programs; support the publication of the literary journal, The Worcester Review; and collaborate with libraries, bookstores, colleges and universities, museums, churches, schools, community centers, businesses and a variety of cultural organizations to promote poetry events. The WCPA is an all-volunteer 501(c)( 3) nonprofit. For additional information please call 508-797-4770 or email wcpaboard@yahoo.com.

This year Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival has once again been recognized with a grant from the Worcester Arts Council. Here’s the official language: This program is administered by the Worcester Arts Council, for the Local Cultural Council – an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Submissions are now open for the 2017 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, and will remain open through July 1st.
To learn more about this event, please go to:
www.doublebunnypress.com and click on the menu link to Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival

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