Cadence Video Poetry Festival


Welcome to Cadence Video Poetry Festival!

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


Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and 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.

6th Annual Cadence Video Poetry Festival Apr 27–30 [In-Person] & Apr 27 – May 7 [Online]

Cadence 2023

See the festival line-up and purchase tickets and passes to Cadence 2023!

Submit your video poem

Submissions are open through Feb. 5, 2024 for Cadence 2024. Read full submission guidelines and submit your film using the button below.

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

Apply for the Artist Residency

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

Applications are open through Feb. 5, 2024.

Application forthcoming!

Submit your poetry book

Cadence hosts a virtual Poetry Book Fair as a literary resource to share the work of artists the festival has featured and worked with over the years. If you are a current or former Cadence participant, we’d love to include your book in the lineup!

Submit here >

See the 2022 edition of the book fair here >

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.

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