Cadence 2024 [Online]

Watch online: April 19–28, 2024

Virtual tickets >

Pay what you can, $5-25

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Pay what you can, $55-85
For NWFF members, $40

All Festival Passes are HYBRID, granting access to both virtual and in-person viewing! Non-member passes are priced on a sliding scale; please pay what you can to support our work. Passes exclude workshops and satellite screenings, please register separately.

About the program:

The 7th annual Cadence Video Poetry festival presents four online showcases featuring 50 works by artists from 20 countries in 11 languages. All showcases are available to view from anywhere in the world through Sunday, April 28, 11:59pm PT!


Virtual festival showcases:

👯 They multiply more and more 👯

(72 min TRT)

Enter the dream state. Shared dreams, lucid dreams, unattainable dreams, waking dreams. These video poems are portals into ourselves and others where new associations and unexpected connections are crafted. We are suspended in the gravity of these pieces, our feet never quite touching solid ground as our emotional core soars. Using erasure, installation, tableaux, anthropomorphism, and live music, this showcase traverses the conscious, unconscious, and subconscious to imagine the multitude of pathways through reality. What will we wake up to?

Header photo credit: Birdie’s dream, dir. melisa yağmur saydı
Showcase title credit: Your Dream is my Dream, dir. Marina Sagona

♦️ We are looking for our shape ♦️

(73 min TRT)

Simultaneously the products of our lineage, environment, and interactions, we miraculously retain our individual edges. How can we integrate all our identities as essential to the whole? How does miming past generations feed our future selves? How will we transcend fantasies to build a castle of our own? Through a translator, an immigrant, a tourist, a voicemail, a fairytale, and others, these video poems ask: how, and how often, do we (re)make ourselves?

Header photo & showcase title credit: Les corps aqueux, dir. Filémon Brault-Archambeault

🦷 When we bite down 🦷

(76 min TRT)

Poetry has a history of getting people in trouble. Throughout time, poetry has been suppressed and poets persecuted for not writing the party line. This showcase gives voice to the outcasts and the cast out, the identity-torn seeking belonging, and the otherwise outlawed. By questioning the status quo and our place within it, these video poems reveal disruptive truths. To all poets who persist, who write rebellion, who reject silence and speak out—it can be dangerous, but we are many and poetry provides us refuge.

Header photo credit: The Light That Burns Us, dir. Jazra Khaleed, Silvia Tsompanaki
Showcase title credit: Eve, poet Meghan Plunkett, animator Miranda Javid

🌀 Our never ending 🌀

(65 min TRT)

This showcase is a raft in time’s glacial runoff. Watching these video poems, we are carried by a current of memory, lineage, and rebirth. Some of the works in this showcase alter linear time to revise inherited hurt or to recycle joy into new purpose. Others contain multiple realities—worlds where past trauma and future recovery exist in the tension of now, where the horrors of war share a line with clipping coupons. These pieces accept that the river of time is endless, that there are always possibilities for progress.

Header photo credit: Close Spaces, dir. Kamari Bright
Showcase title credit: Reading the Body: Recovery, dir. Danielle Ofri, Paige Fraser-Hoffman

FAQ: How do I watch online?
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Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum and 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.

⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

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