The Mattie Stepanek Poetic Film prize honors filmmakers who share messages of hope and peace through their visual poems.
Jeni Stepanek offers this prize in honor of her son, Mattie, who in his brief life touched the hearts of thousands with his messages of hope and peace through original poetry.
Mattie Stepanek Film Prize sizzle
Learn about the Mattie Stepanek Poetic Film Prize in the MY HERO International Film Festival
A short animated tribute to poet hero Mattie Stepanek. The soundtrack features the St. Paul's Episcopal Day School choir singing a song inspired by one of Mattie's poems.
Instructions for students creating a visualized poem
Create a film illustrating a poem (make sure you have permission to use the poem or the poem is in the public domain).
You can create your short film in a number of ways, here are some options:
1. With VO - record a voice reading the poem and then find public domain images, or images and video of your own to illustrate the meaning of the poem.
2. Text on the screen. Write the poem into the text/title program of your video and use public domain images, or images and video of your own to illustrate the meaning of the poem.
3. Use metaphors to express a feeling, where the images and music are the poem expressing your feelings.
Students submit for FREE! email for waiver code: [email protected]
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2022 Mattie Stepanek Poetic Film Prize WINNERS!
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To The Boy - for Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Mattie's life philosophy was to play after every storm, so now, when we all feel tossed about but the waves of our world, we must remember to hold onto hope.
Peace Dances in MY Soul
A poem about celebrating nature and life.
Great examples of illustrated poems for inspiration
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me…
...I come into the peace of wild things.
Still I Rise
A visual and musical interpretation of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem "Still I Rise."
A poetic & musical expression of connecting to the mighty sea.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Based on the poem by Robert Frost
The virtues of being among nature and finding inner peace
Learn more about Mattie and Jeni Stepanek
Dr. Jeni Stepanek
Dr. Jeni Stepanek
is interviewed by MY HERO's Slater Jewell-Kemker.
Oprah's Surprise Visit to Jeni Stepanek
Video tribute from Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday
My Son, Mattie J. T. Stepanek
Jeni Stepanek shares with us how her son Mattie was her hero.
"For Our World" a poem by Mattie Stepanek
Child peace activist and poet, Mattie Stepanek, wrote this poem after the tragedy of September 11. Read the poem that has touched millions.
My Hero, Mattie
Poem about Mattie Stepanek, an American child poet who had dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy.
Mattie Stepanek: Facing the Future
Enjoy the poem "Facing the Future" by Mattie Stepanek, who died of a rare form of muscular dystrophy at 13. His poetry has touched millions of lives.
Jeni Stepanek is an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy who continues to spread her son Mattie's message of peace.