Poetry Projection Project is an annual video contest held by WritersCorps, an award-winning creative writing program for youth.
Poetry Projection Project challenges filmmakers and video artists of all ages to create work, 5 minutes and under, based on youth writing. The short format of the videos encourages innovative approaches to filmmaking in a range of genres. Videos screen during National Poetry Month in April and are also shown online. Entries compete for cash prizes, which are juried by special guests.
In keeping with WritersCorps’ mission of helping youth through creative expression, Poetry Projection Project engages filmmakers to explore the power of young people’s words and voices.
2013 Juror: H.P. Mendoza (“Colma: The Musical”)
2012 Jurors: Barry Jenkins (“Medicine for Melancholy”) and David Campos, San Francisco Supervisor
2011 Juror: Peter Bratt (“La Mission”)
WritersCorps places professional writers in community settings to teach creative writing to youth. Since its inception in 1994, the program has helped nearly 18,000 young people from neighborhoods throughout San Francisco improve their literacy and increase their desire to learn. WritersCorps is a joint project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Public Library, and part of a national alliance with sites in the Bronx and Washington, DC.
WritersCorps is a recipient of a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.