The audience enjoyed a reading by three WritersCorps poets (Marcella, Evelyn, and Indiana), followed by a screening of 10 short films. Then, special guest jurors Barry Jenkins, award-winning filmmaker based in Oakland, and San Francisco Supervisor David Campos praised the work of the filmmakers and poets before announcing the winners of the festival.
The winners were:
Best of the Festival — Video made by an adult
“My Father, A Beautiful Animal” directed by Angela Reza Tures
Based on the poem “as pondus ominum/to the weight of all things” by Indiana Pehlivanova
Best of the Festival — Video made by youth
“World Through Mirror” directed by Tatyana Kulchinskaya
Based on an untitled poem by Hong Truong
Congratulations to all the filmmakers and poets! If you missed the screening, don’t worry. Videos will be posted online very soon. In the meantime, see more photos of the Poetry Projection Project here.