Peekaboo

Maryam Goormaghtigh


12/02/2017

Peekaboo

Maryam Goormaghtigh


12/02/2017

Peekaboo

Maryam Goormaghtigh


12/02/2017

A short film competition

The Cinéhaïku association is holding a weekly competition of poetic films in 3 parts, between 20 and 30 seconds in length.

Through this dedicated website, promoted on social media, amateur or professional film directors can express themselves through a simple exercise: adapt the rules of haiku to an audiovisual format.

BI-MONTHLY PRIZE

Each week, from October 2 to June 11, 2018, a winner will be chosen by Cinéhaïku members and awarded a $500 prize. The prize-winning films are automatically entered into the Cinéhaïku Festival to compete for the annual prize.

ANNUAL PRIZE

The winner of the year’s best Cinéhaïku will be invited to Gordes to receive a $5,000 prize awarded by a professional jury from the world of art, film and literature.
The winner will be given a separate, dedicated space in the festival.

07.07.2018: second EDITION OF THE CINEHAÏKU FESTIVAL

The annual Cinéhaïku festival will show all of the weekly winning films at a temporary exhibition held from July 7 to 21, 2018 throughout the town of Gordes, in the Luberon region of southern France.
The Cinéhaïkus will be broadcast on screens along an aesthetic trail, providing festival-goers with a true moment of poetry suspended in time.

Official sponsors

MEMO Paris

Drawing on vast experience working with photographers and illustrators since its creation, Memo is pleased to continue its ongoing commitment to art by supporting young audiovisual talent through its partnership with the Cinéhaïku association and its visual poetry festival.

Ville de Gordes

Ce village peut s’enorgueillir d’être l’un des plus beaux villages de France, avec ses ruelles caladées qui s’insinuent entre les maisons hautes, bâties à même le roc, agrippées contre ses flancs qui respirent de mille histoires et légendes.

Floraïku

Launched in 2017 by Clara Molloy and her husband John, Floraïku is a fragrance house that views perfume as poetry, forging its identity around the magic power of words and concise formulas composed of more than 50% natural ingredients.
Floraïku draws its inspiration from Japanese culture. Its purity and subtlety inspire Clara to imagine something new: a different fragrant story, through its three collections based on ceremonies and the concept of “shadowing”. Luxury is rediscovered with a touch of poetic rêverie.

Participate

How to participate

  • Create your Cinéhaïku in accordance with the terms and conditions of the competition
  • Register on the cinéhaïkus official Facebook page below.
  • Upload your film, free of copyright restrictions.
  • Duration: 20 to 30 seconds maximum
  • Sound: optional
  • Accepted formats: .mov or .mp4, with a resolution HD in 1920 x 1080, with a format 16/9 and not exceeding 70 Mo.
  • Any film with a content that is defamatory, injurious, obscene or against decency shall be excluded from the contest, as well as any film with racist, homophobic, xenophobic or violent content.
  • The films adapt visually, in three parts, the characteristic themes of the haiku. Examples of haiku poems and of cinéhaïkus are available on our website and in the contest gallery on our Facebook page.

Haïkus

WHAT IS A HAïKU?

“A sentence that’s short and sweet with a sudden jump of thought in it, is a kind of haiku”
Jack Kerouac.

Notes on the book by Barthes: The Preparation of the Novel, Editions du Seuil:

  • Haiku is a short, 3-line poem.
    Its form on the page is aerated. You know you won’t have time to be bored.It is an interval on the page and in time, a “Ma”, an “utsuroi”: the moment when the flower will wilt and when the soul remains suspended in the void between two states.
    It is “the art of reducing the infinite pleasure of emotion to its essence”. (Yamata).
    It has a short/long/short rhythm, 5/7/5 syllabic structure.
  • It must contain a “season word”, i.e. a word that gives an indication (even slight) of the season in which the haiku is set.
THE WINTER WIND BLOWS
THE CATS’ EYES
BLINK
(BASHO)
  • It provokes “satori”, a mental jolt or trigger, to become “conscious of the unconscious”, an enlightenment. It is there and gone in the blink of an eye.
THE KITTEN
HOLDS DOWN THE LEAF
FOR A MOMENT
(ISSA)
  • It captures a lived moment. It’s true. “That’s it!” There is an element of truthfulness. It happened. I have an intimate memory of it. It is the euphoria of feeling it. It elicits assent, acceptance, agreement. It is absolutely just. It creates an effect of the real, by a division of the real:
PEELING A PEAR
SWEET DROPS TRICKLE DOWN
A KNIFE
(SHIKI)
  • There are many “tangibles”, things you could touch, sensory objects.
WHITE VERBENA BLOSSOM
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
THE MILKY WAY
(GONSUI)
  • It is sometimes synesthestic, you perceive several sensations at the same time:
PATHS ON THE MOUNTAIN
DUSK ON PINK CEDARS
BELLS IN THE DISTANCE
(BASHO)

  • Sometimes one art is used to show another. Here, in this case, touch is shown through hearing:
THE SOUND OF A RAT
SCRATCHING A PLATE
HOW COLD IT IS!
(BUSON)
  • The reader often senses a cut sound:
THE ROAD OVER THE AUTUMN MOOR
SOMEONE IS COMING ALONG
BEHIND ME!
(BUSON)
  • The haiku stirs emotion, in a Japanese way. A dispersed emotion. Unlike in the West, politeness shows warmth and affection in Japan. Politeness and emotions blend together.
    Poetry is discreet, it has a silent lyricism. It evokes things indirectly without being symbolic. It stops just before the effect.
MISTY RAIN
TODAY IS A HAPPY DAY
THOUGH MOUNT FUJI IS UNSEEN
(BASHO)
  • Fuji is taboo in haiku: one does not talk of Mount Fuji, it is too intense. In 400 years of poetry, this is the only haiku that mentions it, and it is hidden…
  • It contains kireji, a type of exclamation: Ah, Oh, etc. The body is overcome and says “Oh…”
THE OLD POND
A FROG JUMPS IN
OH! THE SOUND OF THE WATER
(BASHO)
  • It refers to eternity, to the hyper-consciousness, the smallest reaching the largest, through the “emotion of tranquility”. John Cage also thought that of all the emotions, tranquility was the most important.
EVERYONE IS ASLEEP
NOTHING ELSE
BUT THE MOON AND I
(SEIFUGO)
  • It refers to naturalness. One day a monk asked a master: “When speech and silence are both forbidden, how one can avoid falling into error?” The master replied: “I always remember Kiangsu in March, the cry of the partridge, the mass of fragrant flowers.”

What a haïku is not

  • No sharpness, no negativity.
  • No lyricism, no feelings of love. No carpe diem. Love is the opposite of haiku, love obliges you to talk about yourself. Haiku uses “I” but to forget oneself. “I” is shown through the body.
FRESHNESS
MY FEET AGAINST THE WALL
A NAP
(BASHO)
  • No real narration. A good haïku is one that cannot be continued. There is nothing to add.
IN TEARS,
SEATED,HE RECOUNTS
HIS MOTHER LISTENS
(HASUO)

  • No ideology, no meaning, no eroticism, no symbolism, no heaviness:
HOW ADMIRABLE HE IS
WHO DOES NOT THINK “LIFE IS EPHEMERAL”
WHEN HE SEES A FLASH OF LIGHTENING
(BASHO)

IN SUM: LIGHTNING IS LIGHTNING, ABSOLUTELY!