Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2023 [Hybrid]



  • $40 NWFF Members
  • $55 – 70 – 85 General (priced on a sliding scale)

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Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and intermedia artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

Header image credit: corps minéral, dir. Charline Dally, Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin @charline_dally

6th Annual Cadence Video Poetry Festival

Apr. 27–30 [In-Person]

Apr. 27 – May 7 [Online]

Cadence 2023 Awards:

2023 Festival Program

• Short film programs at NWFF •

• Satellite short film programs •

• Live, collaborative workshops •

• Literary resources •

• Artist + Audience Gatherings •

Submit your video poem to Cadence 2024

Cadence accepts works that fit within the following categories:

  • Video Poetry: Visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. We welcome: Collaborations between video artists and writers; video by poets creating video from, or as, their writing; video artists creating poetic meaning through visual or aural text; and beyond. Any poems used for adaptations of pre-existing poetry must be in the public domain or else used with written consent of the author.
  • Wild Card: Video work that’s poetically informed or poetry that’s visually informed that doesn’t neatly fit into the video poetry category.

Submissions for Cadence 2024 are due Feb. 5, 2024. 

Read about past editions of the festival at the foot of this page.

Cadence Artist Residency - 2024 Applications open in the fall!

The Cadence Artist-in-Residence program provides resources and tools for the development of a new video poem to screen at the festival.



Northwest Film Forum selects an artist or artist team of two to develop a new video poem for inclusion in Cadence: Video Poetry Festival each year. The selected artist(s) will have access to NWFF’s film equipment and edit lab, as well as an opportunity to receive training or participate in a scheduled workshop to develop or supplement their filmmaking and/or editing skills. The Artist-in-Residence will be asked to participate in a post-screening conversation with festival co-directors and other participating artists.

The Artist Residency launched in 2019 as part of the festival’s commitment to fostering the generation of new video poetry. 

2023: jade wong
2022: Kamari Bright & Hannah Villanueva
2020–2021: Natachi Mez
2019: Catherine Bresner

Artists or artist teams of two residing in Seattle, 18 years of age or older.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Final deadline for consideration is 11:59pm PST on the due date. 

To apply, complete the application form with the following:

1) Letter of Interest (not to exceed 500 words, .pdf or .doc format): Please provide a written statement describing your interest in this residency, interest in and/or experience with video poetry, and how this opportunity would contribute to your creative practice.


Audio/Video Statement (not to exceed 1.5 min in length): Please provide a short audio/video clip describing your interest in the residency, interest in and/or experience with video poetry, and how this opportunity would contribute to your creative practice.

2) Work Samples: Up to three (3) representative samples of writing, poetry, artwork, and/or video work. Please send any writing samples in .pdf format, artwork or images as high-resolution .jpg or .png, and online links for video work (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).

3) Artist Website: If applicable, please include a link to your website. Applicants do not need to have a website to be eligible.

The Artist-in-Residence will be selected on the basis of their distinct vision and voice, as demonstrated in work samples, and their commitment to developing new work within the medium of video poetry.

The Artist-in-Residence must meet the following deadlines and produce a finished work for one of the festival screening dates. Workshop participation, edit lab, and gear use are optional, though highly encouraged.

Dec. 15 2024 – deadline for application
Mid-Jan 2024 – all applicants notified of decision
Late-Jan. – Mid-Apr. 2024 – residency @ NWFF 
Apr. 25–28, 2024 – single screening of final video poem within one in-person showcase of Cadence Video Poetry Festival
Apr. 25 – May 5, 2024 – on demand screening of final video poem within one online showcase of Cadence Video Poetry Festival

Please direct questions to NWFF Artistic Director Rana San at

Cadence 2023 Artist-in-Residence

jade wong

jade wong is an artist, filmmaker, production designer, and restaurant worker. Their practice moves through experimental documentary, performance, object-making, and sound to explore the revelatory and healing potential of the senses.


Meet the Jurors!

Lisa Marr

Lisa Marr

Video by Poets

Lisa Marr is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, writer and media arts educator whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and community empowerment. Along with her sweetheart Paolo Davanzo and the EPFC Collective, Lisa travels the world facilitating eco-friendly analog film workshops and experimental/documentary screenings for filmmakers and film lovers of all ages.

Matt Mullins

Matt Mullins


Matt Mullins makes video poems and writes poetry, fiction, screenplays, and music. His video poems have been shown at exhibitions, galleries, and festivals throughout the world and his poetry and fiction have appeared in online and print literary journals  His collection of short stories, Three Ways of the Saw, was published by Atticus Books and named a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. He is the Mixed Media editor of the online journal Atticus Review and currently teaches at Ball State University where he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing.

Dr. Natalia Di Pietrantonio

Dr. Natalia Di Pietrantonio

Poetry by Video Artists

Dr. Natalia Di Pietrantonio is the inaugural curator of South Asian art at the Seattle Art Museum and affiliate faculty member for the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Scripps College and at the Bard Graduate Center.

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen


Ching-In Chen is descended from ocean dwellers and author of The Heart’s Traffic: a novel in poems and recombinant (2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry) as well as chapbooks to make black paper sing and Kundiman for Kin :: Information Retrieval for Monsters. They have received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Can Serrat, Imagining America, and the Intercultural Leadership Institute as well as the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Exceptional New LGBTQ Writers.

Photo: Cassie Mira

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Cadence Co-Director

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer exploring the liminal spaces of the literary arts. She is the author of the chapbooks Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry, 2017) and Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016). Her interest in how words are experienced has led to solo work and collaborations with artists across media to create gallery installations, classical music performances, broadsides, karaoke, and video poetry. She is co-founder and director of Till, a literary organization that offers an annual writing residency at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA and a museum communications professional.

Rana San

Rana San

Cadence Co-Director

Rana San is an intermedia artist, curator, and night dreamer pondering language and lineage, intimacy and interdependence. In community, Rana crafts collective experiences that elevate the work of storytellers, artists, and activists using moving image media and contemporary performing arts to cultivate connection through creative expression. She has developed and produced cultural festivals, museum programs, and intimate creative salons in Seattle, Istanbul, and Barcelona and serves as the Artistic Director at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA where she co-curates year-round programming.

Past editions of Cadence:

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